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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 drivers could have to keep their hands off their cellphones

By: - March 21, 2022

Drivers in Louisiana may soon be prohibited from holding their cellphones when they drive. Rep. Mike Huval’s (R-Breaux Bridge) House Bill 376, which would prohibit drivers from “holding or physically supporting a wireless telecommunications device in either or both hands or with any part of the body,” advanced out of a House committee Monday morning. […]

‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill in Louisiana Legislature would ‘isolate’ LGBTQ students, critic says

By: and - March 18, 2022

A bill that would bar teachers from discussing sexual orientation in the classroom, has been filed in the Louisiana Legislature. It follows similar efforts in Florida and more than a dozen other states referred to as “Don’t Say Gay” proposals.

TOPS eligibility could be eased for students affected by Hurricane Ida

By: - March 16, 2022

A bill to modify eligibility requirements for Louisiana’s free college tuition program advanced from a Louisiana Senate committee Wednesday afternoon. The changes would apply to high school students affected by Hurricane Ida. Senate Bill 178, authored by Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, would waive certain GPA requirements for the state’s TOPS program and extend deadlines […]

Former Louisiana State Police leader’s lack of info in Ronald Greene case frustrates lawmakers

By: - March 15, 2022

A bipartisan committee of state lawmakers spent nearly three hours Tuesday pressing the former superintendent of Louisiana State Police about what he knew about the May 2019 death of Ronald Greene, a Black motorist, in the custody of troopers after a vehicle pursuit in north Louisiana. Col. Kevin Reeves retired in October 2020 with numerous […]

Education investment, bad cop accountability: 5 takeaways from the State of the State address

By: - March 14, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ opened the 2022 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature with his annual State of the State address Monday. In his speech, the Democratic governor outlines his budget priorities to members of the Republican-majority statehouse. Louisiana finds itself flush with cash, thanks to unanticipated state tax revenue surpluses and a major infusion […]

Louisiana lawmaker makes another attempt to ban corporal punishment in public schools

By: - March 10, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers will once again decide whether to continue allowing corporal punishment in public schools.  A bill to outlaw “the use of physical force that causes pain or discomfort to discipline a student” will be offered to the Louisiana Legislature, said Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, R-New Orleans, who authored the same proposal last year. It failed […]

Epidemiologist: Louisiana colleges have rolled back COVID-19 policies ‘far too quickly’

By: - March 9, 2022

As Louisiana colleges roll back their COVID-19 safety policies and mask mandates, an epidemiologist warns that higher education institutions are heading back to pre-COVID-19 policies “far too quickly.” Masking is optional at LSU and most University of Louisiana system schools — with the exception of some universities, including the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Grambling State […]

Louisiana social studies standards, without critical race theory, moves closer to approval

By: - March 8, 2022

Louisiana’s revised K-12 social studies standards, of which education Superintendent Cade Brumley said critical race theory “was not a component,” will likely be approved Wednesday by the state school board. “This is a really important body of work for our state and our children,” Brumley said. The standards include content and timelines for history classes […]

Constitutional amendment proposal would eliminate appointed BESE members

By: - March 4, 2022

Louisiana voters would have full control over who serves on their state school board under a proposed law the Legislature will consider. Right now, Louisianans elect eight district representatives to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the governor appoints three. If approved, House Bill 4, introduced by Rep. Phillip Tarver, R-Lake Charles, would […]

Louisiana senators to hold inaugural meeting of State Police Oversight Committee

Legislative committee probing Ronald Greene’s death in State Police custody schedules first meeting

By: - March 3, 2022

A select committee of Louisiana lawmakers, formed “to review the handling, on all levels” of Ronald Greene’s 2019 death in State Police custody, will hold its inaugural meeting Tuesday, March 8. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder formed the committee after an Associated Press report revealed Gov. John Bel Edwards received texts about Greene’s death months before […]

Grambling State University car makes NASCAR debut at Daytona 500

By: - February 22, 2022

For the first time in NASCAR history, the colors and logo of an historically black university whipped around the Daytona 500 as the NY Racing Team’s car highlighted Grambling State University. HBCU League Pass Plus, a streaming network for Black college sports, is sponsor of the number 44 car, a Chevrolet Camaro driven by Greg […]

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GOP keeps grip on Louisiana with status quo redistricting maps

By: , and - February 18, 2022

The White Republican majority in the Louisiana Legislature exerted its influence on political redistricting with maps that maintain their control across a state that has grown increasingly diverse.