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.

More than 160,000 sign up for $1 million vaccine lottery after first day

By: - June 21, 2021

More than 160,000 vaccinated Louisianians entered for the chance to win $1 million Monday as the Louisiana Department of Health launched “Shot at a Million,” a lottery for vaccinated Louisiana residents and the state’s latest vaccine incentive program. Fourteen Louisiana residents who enter the vaccine lottery will win cash prizes — including four prizes of […]


LSU faculty and staff receive 3 percent raises

By: - June 21, 2021

For the first time in years, LSU faculty and staff members will receive a merit pool raise of 3 percent. Staff raises for college and universities were worked into the budget that the Louisiana Legislature passed earlier this month. Outgoing LSU President Tom Galligan said in a letter to the LSU faculty and staff he […]

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LSU athletes are a step closer to earning money from endorsements

By: - June 21, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors Friday established rules governing student athletes seeking to take advantage of new legislation that, if it becomes law, allows them to profit from their name, image and likeness. Stephanie Rempe, LSU’s executive deputy director of athletics and the department’s chief operating officer, told the board at a meeting at the university’s […]

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Rebuffing its Faculty Council, LSU declines to mandate vaccines for students and faculty

By: - June 18, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors decided against mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty and staff returning in the fall, choosing instead to pass a resolution encouraging the LSU community “to voluntarily vaccinate against COVID-19 until the Louisiana Department of Health shall add COVID-19 vaccinations to its list of required immunizations.” The board is, however, requesting “the […]

South Louisianians should expect a storm event this weekend, John Bel Edwards said

By: - June 17, 2021

Residents along the Louisiana coast “need to be paying attention” to a storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a news conference Thursday. Storm trackers can’t predict where the storm will land or if it will cause damage. “We can’t tell yet how bad or exactly where (the storm […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards announces vaccine lottery with $1 million prize

By: - June 17, 2021

Vaccinated Louisianians can win up to $1 million by registering for the “Shot at a Million” Program, the state’s latest vaccine incentive program, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a news conference Thursday. Fourteen Louisiana residents who enter the vaccine lottery will win cash prizes — including four prizes of $100,000, nine prizes of $100,000 […]

‘Tell the truth,’ Xavier University’s president says of struggle to vaccinate returning students

By: and - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON—Leaders in higher education from New Orleans and Miami Thursday related how colleges coped with a rough year of online learning and vaccine distribution amid the pandemic, during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. The hearing included Dr. C. Reynold Verret, the president of Xavier University and Madeline Pumariega, […]

Louisiana colleges and universities have out-of-date Title IX policies, attorney says

By: and - June 17, 2021

In August, the U.S. Department of Education began implementing new Title IX rules by which all schools that receive federal dollars must abide by. That means Louisiana’s Title IX policies are out of date, an attorney asked to conduct a comprehensive review of Louisiana’s public higher education campuses told the Louisiana Board of Regents Wednesday. […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards expresses support for Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis

By: - June 16, 2021

On his first radio show after the 2021 Louisiana Legislative Session, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he had signed a bill increasing the number of days Louisianians will have to vote in presidential elections.  The governor also said the delay in Census numbers means that a special legislative session for congressional redistricting won’t happen […]

Amazon to build $200 million delivery center in Baton Rouge

By: - June 16, 2021

Amazon will build a $200 million “major robotics fulfillment center” in Baton Rouge on the former site of the Cortana Mall, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday.  The project will create over 1,000 new direct jobs, about 1,100 new indirect jobs and 800 construction jobs in the capital city, Edwards said. “Today’s announcement is the […]

Louisiana Legislature’s education bills will have an impact from K-college

By: - June 16, 2021

During the legislative session that ended Thursday, the Louisiana Legislature passed bills that mandated kindergarten for 5-year-olds, created a program to help young students struggling with literacy, raised teacher pay, tinkered with TOPS eligibility and mandated that university employees who have information regarding sexual harassment or assault report it. Here are some highlights of the […]

Bills shielding Louisiana residents who refuse COVID-19 vaccine await John Bel Edwards’ response

By: - June 15, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature passed bills that protect residents and employees who decline the COVID-19 vaccine, but Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a press conference immediately following the 2021 Legislative Session the bills “will have a high bar… to meet my approval.” “We have to make sure that we’re adequately protecting public safety,” Edwards said […]