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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 school districts in ‘wait and see’ mode as COVID-19 cases spike and Louisiana returns to Phase 2

By: - December 1, 2020

Madison Parish School District announced in mid-November that it would only instruct its students virtually starting the Monday after Thanksgiving. “Now that we are about to approach the holiday season, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control are expecting a surge in the number of cases,” Madison Parish Superintendent Charlie Butler said in a Nov. […]

Louisiana disparities

Black Louisiana residents are worse off than White Louisiana residents, report finds

By: - November 21, 2020

A Human Development report of Louisiana found major disparities in quality of life between Black and White Louisiana residents, and gaps between Louisianans and the rest of the country. A Portrait of Louisiana 2020: Human Development in an Age of Uncertainty, a new report from Measure of America, directed and authored by Kristen Lewis, uses the American […]

Early voting begins Friday for state Senate primary

Early voting for Louisiana’s December election is underway

By: - November 20, 2020

Early voting runs from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. until Nov. 28, excluding Sunday (Nov. 22), Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) and Friday (Nov. 27). The election features one open congressional seat in Northeast and Central Louisiana as well as a state constitutional amendment about the makeup of the state’s higher education boards. Local races will also be […]

Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

Louisiana receives coastal restoration grants

By: - November 19, 2020

Over $5 million will go to the St. Bernard Parish government to “protect the remaining ridge through strategic armoring and reforestation” by “installing shoreline protection.” And another $1 million will go to the City of New Orleans to “conduct preliminary planning and design for living shoreline and marsh creation on the New Orleans East Landbridge, […]

Louisiana has a sales tax holiday this weekend

By: - November 19, 2020

Louisiana residents won’t have to pay the state sales tax on Friday and Saturday on most items due to a one-time sales tax holiday. The sales tax holiday was proposed by House Speaker Clay Shexnayder during last month’s special session and signed in by Gov. John Bel Edwards on Oct. 28. The tax exemption applies […]

Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rate is on a trajectory that is ‘quite frankly unsustainable,’ Edwards said

By: - November 18, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards talked to Louisiana about COVID-19 cases in the state and his expected working relationship with President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris during the governor’s monthly call-in radio show. Here are the highlights: Louisiana is on trajectory to move backwards in COVID-19 statewide restrictions, Edwards says COVID-19 cases and the […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

School districts affected by Hurricanes Laura, Delta revise their academic calendar

By: - November 17, 2020

The Calcasieu and Cameron parish school boards announced updated academic calendars that would extend their school year to make up for time lost due to two hurricanes and an ongoing pandemic. Students in Cameron Parish will end their school year on May 27 now, while students in Calcasieu Parish will end their school year in […]

Pastor could avoid criminal charges if resolution passes

Louisiana pastor who defied COVID-19 restrictions appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court

By: - November 16, 2020

Tony Spell, the charismatic Pentecostal pastor who defied the state’s order limiting crowd sizes, asked the United States Supreme Court for a writ of injunction after losing a battle in federal court last week over COVID-19 restrictions placed on the church. Spell, the pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Central, made headlines around the country […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana reports the most daily COVID-19 cases ever

By: - November 13, 2020

Louisiana reported 3,492 new COVID-19 Thursday — the most reported in a single day since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Friday afternoon press conference.There were 692 COVID-19 patients in Louisiana hospitals Friday, Edwards reported, the most since Sept. 11. A total of 6,121 Louisiana residents have died due to […]

Pastor could avoid criminal charges if resolution passes

Judge rules against Louisiana pastor who defied state COVID-19 restrictions

By: - November 12, 2020

Tony Spell, the charismatic Pentecostal pastor who defied the state’s order limiting crowd sizes, lost a battle in federal court this week when a judge ruled that the state had not mistreated his church. “The Supreme Court has always recognized that religious freedom does not act as an absolute shield against generally applicable laws,” U.S. […]

Voter who sued Louisiana for ballot access says voting should always be easy

By: - November 12, 2020

When Jennifer Harding started caretaking for her mother, father and grandmother in March, she and her family started isolating from the rest of the world. “Before even the stay-at-home order went into place, we took our son out of school,” Harding said. Harding was worried about the safety of her mother, who has post-polio syndrome, […]

COVID-19 clinical trial in New Orleans area is looking for moderately sick volunteers

By: - November 12, 2020

People in the New Orleans-Metairie area who recently tested positive for COVID-19 but aren’t so sick that they need hospitalization can take part in a clinical trial that will test multiple treatments developed from the blood of patients who’ve had COVID-19. Volunteers must have tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous seven days, experienced symptoms […]