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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.

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Louisiana lawmakers still don’t know why phone service went out during Hurricane Ida

By: - October 18, 2021

Louisiana Sen. Rick Ward, a Port Allen Republican and chair of the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee, said Monday that AT&T still hasn’t gotten back to lawmakers about what went wrong during Hurricane Ida and what preventative measures against outages the telecommunications company can take in advance of another storm. Phone services provided by AT&T went […]

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Sen. Rick Ward considering potential bid for Louisiana governor in 2023

By: - October 18, 2021

Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, is considering running for governor in 2023.  Ward isn’t a declared candidate “as of today,” but is having ongoing discussions with his family about potentially running for Louisiana’s highest office, he said. “If I were to become a candidate, I would certainly hope to have not just one particular group […]

LSU hasn’t moved on renaming any of its buildings yet, including the library

By: - October 18, 2021

More than a year after the LSU Board of Supervisors agreed to remove the name of Troy H. Middleton — a segregationist and the school’s former president — from the university’s main library in Baton Rouge, the building still doesn’t have a new name.  The inaction has frustrated students, who expected a new name by […]

Presidential search at Northwestern State University narrowed to six candidates

By: - October 14, 2021

The search for the next president of Northwestern State University has narrowed down to six candidates with backgrounds ranging from administration at LSU Shreveport to the federal government. The candidates are:  Nancy D. Albers, international business coordinator for the College of Business at LSU Shreveport.  Darrell Kruger, former provost and executive chancellor for academic affairs […]

Louisiana aims to boost broadband by 75% in six years, office says

By: - October 14, 2021

Even though Louisiana has reportedly about 400,000 to 500,000 households without broadband access, the state official in charge of broadband development said he believes that’s a lowball estimate. “This is why we have to work with a sense of urgency,” said Veneeth Iyengar, executive director of the Broadband Development and Connectivity Office. “Before the pandemic, […]

Louisiana schools consider lengthening academic calendars, adding extra instruction time

By: - October 12, 2021

The fall 2021 semester hasn’t been any easier for Webster Parish public schools than the 2020 school year. Webster Parish Superintendent Johnny Rowland said his schools had the highest positive COVID-19 rates and more quarantined students, faculty and staff during the first four weeks of this fall than at any other point of the pandemic. […]

Louisiana schools superintendent ‘has some concerns’ about new social studies standards

By: - October 12, 2021

Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley said Tuesday he couldn’t endorse the state’s newly proposed social studies standards as currently written, even though his department’s steering committee approved the same proposed standards last month. Brumley said he hasn’t done the due diligence of fully going through the standards yet, but that there are parts of the […]

Only a small fraction of struggling Louisiana renters have received rental assistance

By: - October 12, 2021

Although more than 146,000 Louisiana renters reported being behind on their rent as the pandemic drags on, just a fraction have actually gotten help from Louisiana’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. As of Thursday, the state has paid out $42 million for 7,800 households struggling to pay their rent, according to Desiree Honore Thomas, assistant commissioner […]

Culture changes around sexual misconduct at LSU will take time, advocates say

By: - October 8, 2021

In April, LSU students told a committee of women lawmakers that “I have never felt safe on campus, even during the day.” Today, for women, nonbinary and transgender students at LSU feeling unsafe on campus is “definitely still an issue,” said Angelina Cantelli, president of Tigers Against Sexual Assault — a student-run organization at the […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards announces Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program

By: - October 4, 2021

Residents who lost their homes after Hurricane Ida struck Southeast Louisiana can get temporary housing through the state’s new sheltering program, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday. “There is no doubt that there are people currently living in unsafe or unsanitary housing because of Hurricane Ida, which is not acceptable,” Edwards said in a press […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

Louisiana teachers ‘extremely concerned’ about new optional quarantining policy, unions say

By: - October 1, 2021

Teachers across Louisiana “have expressed confusion and concern about safety in their schools” — according to the Louisiana Federation of Teachers — after the state’s education department announced a new statewide policy that makes quarantining after coming into close contact with someone with COVID-19 optional in schools. “We can no longer ignore the unintended academic […]

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Despite Hurricane Ida outages, Louisiana governor supports partnership with AT&T

By: - September 30, 2021

Louisiana’s state government isn’t looking to switch communication providers from AT&T despite the chaos caused when many state workers, including first responders, lost phone service in the hours after Hurricane Ida.   Multiple state lawmakers told AT&T during a legislative hearing last week that they were upset that emergency communications were down “when many of these […]