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JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.

Louisiana House passes education bills related to funding, virtual discipline and medical marijuana

By: - October 13, 2020

The Louisiana House passed several bills affecting students across the state, including school funding, student discipline during virtual learning and broadband connectivity. Here are some highlights: The Ku’Mauri Harrison Bill passes unanimously During virtual class, 9-year-old Ku’Mauri Harrison’s little brother tripped over a BB gun, so Kamauri moved it out of his brother’s way but […]

House committee rejects bill that would help people evicted during COVID-19 pandemic

By: - October 13, 2020

A bill that would have recognized the hardship that the COVID-19 has had on renters and spared them the embarrassment and future consequences of having their pandemic-related evictions accessible to public inspection died in the Louisiana House Judiciary Committee Wednesday after court officials, real estate agents and the Louisiana Press Association voiced opposition. The bill, […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

Louisiana House votes to stop fire marshal from enforcing COVID-19 restrictions

By: - October 12, 2020

The Louisiana House passed a resolution that suspends the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s authority to enforce COVID-19 restrictions on businesses – including bars and restaurants. It’s the latest attempt by the Republican-controlled Louisiana Legislature to take the state’s response to the ongoing pandemic away from Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat. “Citizens should not be […]

Louisiana House passes bill that would punish jurisdictions that cut their police budgets

By: - October 12, 2020

The Louisiana House passed two bills Monday that will punish municipalities and parishes that cut the budgets of their police departments by more than 10 percent in a year. The bills, a response to a national call from anti-police brutality protesters to “Defund the police,” will give the state the option to significantly reduce the […]

Governor John Bel Edwards

Hurricane Delta not expected to overwhelm hotels sheltering displaced residents, Gov. Edwards says

By: - October 9, 2020

Hurricane Delta has weakened somewhat and will make landfall in Southwest Louisiana Friday night as a Category 2, moving relatively quickly, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday afternoon at a press conference. The storm registered as a Category 3 earlier Friday.  “The fact that it’s weakening should not cause anyone to lose focus or lose […]

Hurricane Delta will make landfall as a Category 2

By: - October 8, 2020

Hurricane Delta is expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Southwest Louisiana Friday evening, very close to where Hurricane Laura made landfall six weeks ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge. “Warning and watches across much of […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 until Nov. 6

By: - October 8, 2020

Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening plan, which means there will be a statewide mask mandate and restrictions on bars for at least another 28 days, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge. “All the mitigation measures that […]

Virtual learning doesn’t stop discriminatory discipline, attorney says

By: - October 8, 2020

When Ku’Mauri Harrison’s little brother tripped over BB gun while Ku’Mauri was taking a test in his virtual classroom, he set off a series of events that led to Ku’Mauri’s suspension from Woodmere Elementary School in Jefferson Parish, general outrage from the public and an appearance before a friendly Louisiana House Education Committee that moved […]

Bill that would shield the eviction records of people who can’t pay rent during pandemic stalls in committee

By: - October 6, 2020

A Louisiana Senate committee deferred action on a bill that would seal the records of tenants evicted for nonpayment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Regina Barrow, a Democrat from Baton Rouge who introduced the bill, said the measure would only apply to evictions due to nonpayment during COVID-19. Opponents of the bill, including the Apartment […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Lawmakers want to stop fire marshal from enforcing COVID-19 restrictions 

By: - October 5, 2020

The House Commerce Committee advanced a resolution that suspends the state’s fire marshal authority to enforce COVID-19 restrictions on businesses –including bars and restaurants. It’s the latest attempt by the Republican-controlled Louisiana Legislature to take the state’s response to the ongoing pandemic away from Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat. “When the governor decided in […]

LHC announces improvements to emergency rental assistance program

By: - October 2, 2020

After only paying out $400,000 of the $24 million pledged so far in rental assistance, the Louisiana Housing Corporation announced they’re making improvements to their emergency rental assistance program. These improvements include reducing the program’s application length, allowing E-signatures and scheduling in-person outreach events to serve residents who have limited internet access. “The program modifications […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Lawmakers will favorably report bills serving Hurricane Laura-affected parishes

By: - October 2, 2020

The Senate education committee will favorably report a bill that would prevent parishes affected by Hurricane Laura from losing any money from the state education funding formula called the Minimum Foundation Program. This bill would prevent financial deductions based on decreases in student enrollment because of Hurricane Laura. The committee also will favorably report a […]