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JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is a former Louisiana Illuminator reporter. Prior to working with the Illuminator, Canicosa worked for Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon. Canicosa 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.

Marathon Petroleum, accused of fraudulently seeking tax exemption, granted contingent tax break

By: - February 24, 2021

Three months after it was accused of falsifying records in an attempt to get a property tax exemption from the Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry, Marathon Petroleum was awarded that tax break Monday after a state official testified that it is commonplace for industries to “amend” their requests after originally submitted. The commerce board […]

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LSU enters 30-year ‘utilities modernization initiative’

By: - February 24, 2021

LSU will enter a decades-long utilities modernization initiative with Enwave Energy and LA Energy Partners to modernize the campus’ energy systems that heat, cool and power the university. “What both of these companies bring is extensive higher education experience, a firm commitment to diverse suppliers and decades-long service,” Donna Torres, LSU’s chief financial officer, said […]

Calcasieu Parish School Board partnering with local vaccine providers for teachers and school staff

By: - February 22, 2021

The Calcasieu Parish School Board is partnering with local pharmacies and hospitals to get its local teachers, school staff and daycare staff vaccinated, the school board announced Monday. According to a press release from the school board, “the district is currently partnered with the following providers to administer the vaccine: Boudreaux’s New Drug Store Prime […]

East Baton Rouge school teachers picket with signs

Teacher unions ‘thrilled’ about teachers and school staff getting vaccinated

By: - February 20, 2021

Teachers unions across Louisiana are “thrilled” now that Gov. John Edwards’ administration is making teachers and staff in K-12 schools eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but one union leader said it’s no less important that school leaders keep proper mitigation measures and social distancing in place for the safety of schools’ staff and students. […]

Louisiana state government offices to be closed in 29 of 64 parishes Saturday

By: - February 19, 2021

State offices in 29 parishes across Louisiana will remain closed Saturday, Feb. 20 due to potentially dangerous road conditions due to severe winter weather. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne announced office closures for Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red […]

East Baton Rouge school teachers picket with signs

Teachers and staff in K-12 schools added to vaccine eligibility list

By: - February 18, 2021

Teachers and staff at K-12 schools and daycare facilities will be added to the list of people in Louisiana eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday at a press conference. “We’ve always prioritized teachers as a group,” Edwards said. “Now is the right time to do this.” Edwards said distance […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana’s timetable for road, power and water system repairs unknown

By: - February 18, 2021

State officials say there is still no timetable for when state highways will fully reopen because the weather has been so unpredictable. Gov. John Bel Edwards said on his monthly radio show on 89.3 FM WRKF in Baton Rouge that Interstate 10 from Baton Rouge to Lafayette would undergo a “staged reopening” because temperatures in […]

New Orleans opens applications for rental assistance program

By: - February 16, 2021

The City Of New Orleans COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program began accepting applications this week for tenants and landlords struggling with rent payments. To be eligible, households must meet the following criteria: An income at or below 60 percent of the area median income (AMI) which is approximately $42,000 for a family of four; A reduction […]

People gather together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to ask the McDonald’s corporation to raise workers wages to a $15 minimum wage

A third of Louisiana workers would benefit from $15 minimum wage increase, report says

By: - February 16, 2021

About a third of Louisiana’s workers would benefit from a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. The report said 695,000 workers in Louisiana could see their wages increase by an average of at least $4,500 — an additional $3.3 billion in wages for the state’s […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

CDC says double masking significantly reduces coronavirus exposure

By: - February 12, 2021

New CDC research suggests that double masking and wearing a tightly fitted mask significantly reduces coronavirus exposure, however Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office said statewide recommendations will likely stay the same. “The governor is going to, of course, continue to strongly encourage people to wear masks, follow mask mandates and wear masks that fit […]

New Orleans vaccine-eligible residents can register to get on The City of New Orleans’ wait list

By: - February 11, 2021

New Orleans residents 65 or older, or otherwise eligible to get the vaccine, can now register to be put on a wait list. Residents can call 311 or go to ready.nola.gov/getvaccine. Included in that list of Louisianans eligible for vaccinations are: Persons 65 or older Health care workers Nursing home and long-term care residents and […]

Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccinations surpass total cases since start of pandemic

By: - February 9, 2021

More Louisianans have been vaccinated for COVID-19 than have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began 11 months ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “There’s a lot of different metrics to try to measure your progress, but that’s one I think is meaningful,” Edwards said. As of […]