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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.

Rental assistance in COVID-19 relief package ‘about a third of what Louisiana actually needs,’ says housing advocacy group

By: - January 11, 2021

The COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress at the end of 2020 extended rental assistance to people struggling to stay in their homes during the economic crisis, but Louisiana housing advocates say the $309 million allocated to Louisiana is not nearly enough to meet  Louisiana’s immense need. “I think the amount that is allocated to […]

Louisiana reports the second highest single-day COVID-19 death total since the pandemic began

By: - January 8, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Health reported 105 new COVID-19 related deaths on Friday, the highest number since April 14 and the second highest daily number of COVID-19 related deaths the state has ever reported. “We have lost nearly ten months of hard work to slow the spread of COVID in our state,” Gov. John Bel […]

After pro-Trump mob attacks U.S. Capitol, history teachers connect the past to the present

By: - January 8, 2021

When Donald Hess, a world history teacher at McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans, logged onto his Zoom class Thursday morning, he knew that it wasn’t going to be a typical day. The day before, a mob incited by President Donald Trump had invaded the U.S. Capitol and forced the evacuation of the U.S. […]

Couple getting COVID-19 vaccine looks forward to embracing their loved ones again

By: - January 7, 2021

Thomas Muchow 80, and his wife Diane, 75, had trouble sleeping Tuesday night. They were too excited. After nine long months of isolating themselves, on Wednesday afternoon, the Denham Springs couple was about to receive their vaccinations against COVID-19. “I never thought this day would come this soon,” Diane Muchow said, fighting through tears at […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

‘Nobody is satisfied’ with Louisiana’s vaccine distribution so far, Edwards says

By: - January 6, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ covered three major topics during a Wednesday afternoon press conference: the schedule for a special election for the seats left open by Rep. Cedric Richmond and the late Luke Letlow, COVID-19’s alarming spread in Louisiana and his dissatisfaction with the state’s vaccine distribution thus far. Louisiana will hold a special election […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. Edwards appoints nephew, former law partner to UL System board

By: - January 6, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards named his nephew and former law partner Bradley A. Stevens to the board of supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, a move that a legal expert says is allowed in Louisiana law and that Stevens himself says is based on his qualifications.  Stevens has been a partner at Edwards & […]

New Orleans Public Schools will shift to virtual instruction only

By: - January 5, 2021

On the same day that Louisiana students returned to school from winter break, NOLA Public Schools announced that, beginning Thursday, all its students will be required to do distance learning because of the rising number COVID-19 cases in New Orleans. A press release from the school system sets Jan. 21 as a date that students […]

After losing home, Lake Charles family keeps their sprits bright during Christmastime

By: - December 24, 2020

Even though Skyla Thomas and her kids have had to move three times this year, it hasn’t stopped her kids from being kids. “We try to make it as fun as we can. We gotta keep these kids motivated, happy,” Thomas said in a phone interview with The Illuminator, as her laughing and screaming three-year […]

Louisiana’s ‘unfathomable’ COVID-19 death toll a reason to skip holiday plans, governor says

By: - December 23, 2020

In a press conference held two days before Thanksgiving, Gov. John Bel Edwards pleaded with residents of the state to forgo their typically large family gatherings in an attempt to slow down another spike in COVID-19 cases.  On Tuesday, three days before Christmas, Edwards called the state’s death toll of 7,158 people “unfathomable” and again […]

65 percent of students back to in-person learning by end of fall semester

By: - December 18, 2020

By the end of public schools’ first full semester in the pandemic, 65% of students are back to face-to-face learning, 21% are virtually learning, and 13% are learning in an in-person/virtual hybrid model, Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley reported to the Louisiana House Committee on Education. Younger students made up a bigger chunk of students […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards provides an update on the state’s vaccine distribution plan

By: - December 18, 2020

Officials have administered 7,000 of the 39,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines in Louisiana’s first batch at 71 hospitals throughout the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a press conference Thursday afternoon. The top priority for vaccines will go to Louisiana’s frontline workers and nursing home residents and staff — around 210,000 people. Edwards […]

Attending LSU basketball games more dangerous than attending football games, epidemiologist warns

By: - December 17, 2020

An announced plan to limit the stands at LSU basketball’s games to 25 percent capacity is not restrictive enough to adequately prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, an infectious disease expert says, but interim LSU President Tom Galligan said the actual capacity will likely be between 16 to 18 percent when social distancing rules […]