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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.

2 BB gun suspensions, 2 lawsuits filed against the Jefferson Parish School Board

By: - December 15, 2020

The father of a Grand Isle 6th grader sued the Jefferson Parish School Board Monday, claiming that the board’s decision to suspend the 11-year-old for possession of a BB gun while he was logged on a virtual class followed a series of lies from school system officials and multiple violations of the school board’s written […]

FCC grants Louisiana $342 million to expand high speed internet in rural communities

By: - December 14, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy celebrated the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to award Louisiana $342 million to expand broadband internet access in the state, but Louisiana’s superintendent of education and a lawmaker whose district has spotty access called the FCC grant a good first step but not the solution to the […]

Mass COVID-19 vaccine distribution ‘could take some time’ as hospitalizations surge

By: - December 11, 2020

The Pfizer vaccine may be coming to Louisiana as soon as this weekend, but mass distribution is still several months away, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a press conference Thursday afternoon. “Everybody needs to have that clear expectation from the outset,” Edwards said. “It’s really important that we start administering the vaccine, but it’s […]

For its first full COVID-19 semester, Louisiana’s colleges give themselves a passing grade

By: - December 10, 2020

With the first full COVID-19 semester essentially behind them, universities across Louisiana are giving themselves high marks for keeping infection rates down among the students, faculty and staff members that live, teach and work on their campuses. Most of the state’s college students have already said goodbye to campus for the fall semester. Universities adjusted […]

Mitsubishi considering billion-dollar chemical plant in Ascension Parish

By: - December 9, 2020

The Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. is considering building a $1 billion manufacturing complex to the eastbank of Ascension Parish in Geismar, according to an announcement from Louisiana Economic Development.  The potential project would create 125 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $100,000, plus benefits, as well as another 669 new indirect jobs […]

School board affirming virtual classroom BB-gun suspension would ‘rather be right than just,’ child advocate says

By: - December 7, 2020

*This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Ka’Mauri Harrison’s name. Despite becoming a poster boy for excessive school disciplinary policies and being embraced and defended by politicians across the political spectrum, Ka’Mauri Harrison, a 9-year-old Jefferson Parish boy who inadvertently placed a BB gun in view of his online classroom, will not have […]

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After allegations of mishandling of sexual assault allegations, LSU president tells board, ‘We’re committed to owning up to any mistakes’

By: - December 5, 2020

The out-of-state law firm that LSU hired to investigate the university’s sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence procedures will begin conducting interviews on-campus as early as next week. That firm, Husch Blackwell, is expected to produce a public report in February, and Scott Schneider, a partner with the firm LSU’s Board of Supervisors said their […]

Louisiana state treasurer is hospitalized due to COVID-19

By: - December 3, 2020

State Treasurer John M. Schroder is being treated at a Louisiana hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, the state treasurer’s office announced Thursday. Schroder is responding favorably to treatment and is experiencing little discomfort, the state treasurer’s office said. Schroder, 59, was elected to the post in 2017. The treasurer is the state’s banker, and […]

Lafayette area ICU hospital beds are at 97 percent capacity

By: - December 3, 2020

The Lafayette area’s ICU hospital beds are at 97 percent capacity, meaning only four beds are available in the region, the Louisiana Department of Health reported Wednesday . However, a spokesperson for Lafayette General Health — one of the region’s local hospitals — said LDH’s numbers can be “a little misleading.” Patricia Thompson, director of […]

COVID-19 vaccine is coming, officials say, but Louisianians cannot afford to be careless

By: - December 3, 2020

Despite the promise of a life-saving vaccine on the distant horizon, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Trump administration’s point person on COVID-19 testing warned Louisianians at a Wednesday afternoon press conference that the state is in extremely dangerous COVID-19 territory now and that things are likely to worsen in the months before shots are […]

Louisiana tech companies to host career fair

By: - December 2, 2020

Technology companies across Louisiana will host a virtual career fair on Dec. 16 for 150 jobs in the state’s STEM sector. “Louisiana’s growing software and IT sector is ideally suited for computer science and STEM professionals, as well as individuals who are certified in high-demand technology skills,” said Paul Helton, executive director of Louisiana Economic […]

Black renters in New Orleans face discrimination more than half the time, fair housing group says

By: - December 2, 2020

A Black person inquiring about an apartment called an agent about an advertised place to rent, and a White person in New Orleans did the same two hours later. According to a new report from the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, in the test scenario that the center arranged, the agent wouldn’t show the advertised […]