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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.

State officials link only 10 cases of COVID-19 to summer camps

By: - August 4, 2020

If your child attended in-person summer camp and successfully managed to avoid an infection from the new coronavirus, that doesn’t necessarily mean that streak will hold true for in-person instruction. Summer-camp administrators say they were able to establish safety protocols for their campers that principals and teachers might find difficult to do.  Even so, there […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

‘We’re in a new normal,’ Gov. Edwards says about coronavirus restrictions

By: - July 31, 2020

Though statewide mandates and closures have changed relatively frequently over the past couple months, Gov. Edwards said the current restrictions and order should not change anytime soon. Undeterred by a lawsuit filed against him by bar owners who accuse him of overreach, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Thursday press conference that the White […]

Louisiana ranked next to last in quality of its schools

By: - July 28, 2020

When measured against the other states and Washington, D.C., Louisiana’s school systems rank 50 out of 51 in the quality, according to WalletHub, a personal finance website based in the nation’s capital. “Unlike other research that focuses primarily on academic outcomes or school finance, WalletHub’s analysis takes a more comprehensive approach,” said Adam McCann, WalletHub […]

Even as Louisiana homelessness surges, federal rental assistance ends

By: - July 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has not been kind to Natasha Blunt. She has already lost her grandmother and best friend to the disease. Now she may lose her home, too. Blunt lost her job at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at the start of the pandemic. And now, like tens of thousands of others across […]

Teachers hold protest in front of Baton Rouge school district office

By: - July 22, 2020

Teachers protested the reopening of schools in front of the East Baton Rouge Parish School District Office on Wednesday. Educators and concerned parents and students gathered wearing masks and red attire. Protesters held up signs that read “I can’t teach Algebra 2 from my grave,” and “Educators essential but not expendable!” “Now is not the […]

Southwestern Athletic Conference postpones fall sporting events to spring 2021

By: - July 22, 2020

The Southwestern Athletic Conference will postpone all scheduled fall sporting events, which impacts men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, until the 2021 spring semester. The conference said in a statement released on Monday that “this action was necessary out of growing concern for the health, safety and well-being both mentally […]

New Orleans Public Schools will begin fully online

By: - July 21, 2020

New Orleans Public Schools will begin the fall semester fully online and won’t allow in-person instruction before September, the school district announced Tuesday. “We are making this shift because we’re listening to the advice of medical experts,” Superintendent Henderson Lewis said in a news conference. “We’re committed to helping New Orleans get back on track […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. Edwards’ rent relief program runs out of money in 3 days

By: - July 21, 2020

On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program that he said would help about 10,000 people in Louisiana who are struggling to pay rent because of the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Sunday, 40,000 Louisianians had applied, and the application process was suspended.  “The response to our […]

Louisiana Republicans don’t plan to sue over mask order, leader says

By: - July 17, 2020

State Rep. Blake Miguez, chairman of the House Republican caucus, said Friday that there are no plans for Louisiana House Republicans to take legal action against the governor’s mandatory mask requirement after an opinion from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry that says the order “does not pass the constitutional test” and “cannot be enforced with […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana’s face-mask order gets push back from multiple sources across the state

By: and - July 17, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards’ new mask mandate is getting push back and resistance from officials, businesses and attorneys across Louisiana. A Jefferson Parish law firm is even offering to represent, at no cost, businesses that are reprimanded for violating the mask mandate. Stephen Petit, an attorney and founder of Petit Law Firm in Harahan, on his […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

State plans to supply schools with cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment

By: - July 14, 2020

Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley told the Louisiana House Education Committee Monday that in addition to creating health and safety guidelines for reopening schools that the Louisiana Department of Education has also added information about supplying schools with cleaning supplies and how they should use them. School employees must be provided adequate access to hygienic […]

BESE meets Tuesday afternoon to discuss new COVID-19 guidelines

By: - July 13, 2020

The Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 14 to create emergency rules and guidelines that “provide minimum standards, policies, medical exceptions and regulations to govern the reopening of the schools for the 2020 school year,” said BESE President Sandy Holloway.” The meeting is being held […]