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Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose has covered news for more than 30 years in Louisiana. Before coming to the Louisiana Illuminator, he was the chief investigative reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. He previously led the government and politics team for The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com, and was editor in chief at New Orleans CityBusiness. Greg's other career stops include Tiger Rag, South Baton Rouge Journal, the Covington News Banner, Louisiana Radio Network and multiple radio stations.

Person rolling a marijuana joint

Louisiana House backs bill to make smoking marijuana in a vehicle illegal

By: - April 6, 2022

You're not allowed to possess non-medical marijuana while in a car in Louisiana, and it's illegal to be under its influence while driving. But there's no actual prohibition again smoking weed behind the wheel.

Belmere Apartments Houma

Louisiana House unanimously approves post-hurricane eviction ban for renters

By: - April 6, 2022

Reps. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, and Tanner Magee, R-Houma, co-authored House Bill 160 with input from the Louisiana Fair Action Housing Center and the landlord lobby. 

COMMENTARY
John Stefanski

Politics, not principles, lead to a redistricting debacle in Louisiana

By: - April 1, 2022

Should the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately back Louisiana’s congressional redistricting, the decision will have implications that would last at least a generation.

Louisiana relief map

Louisiana Legislature overrides Gov. Edwards’ veto of congressional map

By: and - March 30, 2022

The shape of Louisiana's congressional districts will likely be decided in a federal court now that the Republican-led state Legislature has overridden Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' veto of a map that limits the state to one majority-Black district out of six in the U.S. House of Representatives.

ground view of wind turbine

Wind energy expansion advances from Louisiana House

By: - March 30, 2022

An effort to position Louisiana at the forefront of wind energy projects along the Gulf Coast gained significant momentum Tuesday when the Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill that would provide larger leases for such investments.

Belmere Apartments in Houma

Renters would be protected from eviction after hurricanes under Louisiana proposal

By: - March 29, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers are looking to help renters avoid the situation tenants in the path of Hurricane Ida faced last year.

COMMENTARY
Col. Kevin Reeves and Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana State Police silence will continue without leadership accountability

By: - March 26, 2022

For nearly a decade, there has been a pattern of transgressions that either directly involved the upper echelons of State Police or occurred with their explicit knowledge.

Louisiana to receive another $1.7B for hurricane recovery from feds

By: - March 22, 2022

The Biden administration announced Tuesday that Louisiana will receive an additional $1.27 billion in recovery resources for areas affected in Hurricane Ida last year and another $450 million for southwest Louisiana, where hurricanes Laura and Delta decimated the affordable housing stock in 2020. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge announced the […]

Final House vote delayed on Louisiana adoption birth certificate bill

Bill to provide adopted people access to birth certificates advances to Louisiana House

By: - March 21, 2022

Supporters of the bill have said identifying information is already successful through genealogy and DNA-tracking websites such as 23andMe.com and Ancestry.com.

COMMENTARY

Through insurance reform, Louisiana lawmakers could prove they’re listening

By: - March 16, 2022

Hurricanes Laura, Delta and Ida revealed the major gaps that persist in property insurance regulation. Many months later, thousands of homeowners are still displaced or living in structures needing repairs while their damage claims are needlessly delayed.

Ronald Greene

Investigator: Louisiana State Police ignored recommendation to arrest trooper in Ronald Greene case

By: - March 11, 2022

An in-house Louisiana State Police investigator said his recommendation to supervisors to have a trooper arrested following the in-custody death of Black motorist Ronald Greene, a Black motorist, was ignored.

Louisiana senators to hold inaugural meeting of State Police Oversight Committee

Lawmakers ponder civilian leadership for Louisiana State Police

By: - March 11, 2022

State lawmakers questioned Friday why Louisiana State Police is under the umbrella of the Department of Corrections and Public Safety, whose cabinet-level secretary has no supervisory or budget control over the law enforcement agency.