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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.

Bill seeks to make it easier for abuse victims to get restraining orders

By: - April 19, 2021

Brandi Melissa told the Louisiana House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure Monday about the abuse she and her mother suffered throughout their lives at the hands of her father, whom she called her “sperm contributor.” “Not only was I conceived of sexual violence,” Melissa said to the committee, “a hole in my brain literally […]

LSU seeks new Title IX coordinator as administrators’ roles change following Husch Blackwell report

By: - April 17, 2021

LSU is looking to hire a new coordinator for its Title IX office which handles sexual misconduct in response to a damning report that found the school hadn’t made enough of an effort to combat sexual misconduct and violence on its flagship campus in Baton Rouge. Jenie Stewart has been moved from her position as […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

Louisiana set to receive $773 million to fund early childcare, but advocate says it’s just a start

By: - April 16, 2021

Louisiana is set to receive $773 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to fund early childcare, but an early childhood advocate said if Louisiana wants to see meaningful, lasting change in improving early childhood education outcomes, it needs consistent investment from the state. Only 46 percent of Louisiana 3rd graders are on track to […]

House unanimously passes bill that expands definition of domestic abuse

By: - April 15, 2021

A bill that expands Louisiana’s definition of domestic abuse passed unanimously in the House on Thursday with minimal debate. If HB 159 becomes law, the state’s new definition of domestic abuse would include “any act or threat to act that is intended to coerce, control, punish, intimidate, or exact revenge on the other party for […]

‘We all deserve to keep our children’: Grieving grandmother calls attention to state’s high infant, maternal mortality rates

By: - April 14, 2021

Argarette Weatherspoon-Collins told the Louisiana Senate Committee on Health and Welfare Wednesday that her daughter Jessica, then 6 months pregnant, went to see a doctor in March 2020  and when she was turned away because her insurance had just lapsed, went to an emergency room where her blood pressure registered 280/190. Twenty minutes later, Weatherspoon-Collins […]

Louisianians favor more spending for early childcare and are getting more money for early childcare

By: - April 14, 2021

The majority of Louisianians support more spending for early childcare, even if it means paying more in taxes, according to the fifth of five reports of the 2021 Louisiana Survey released Tuesday by LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab. Researchers in the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s Reilly Center for […]

Bill extends statute of limitations on child sex abuse

House committee advances bill that expands definition of domestic abuse

By: - April 13, 2021

A bill that expands Louisiana’s definition of domestic abuse was advanced without objection by the Louisiana House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure Tuesday. If the bill becomes law, the state’s new definition of domestic abuse would include “any act or threat to act that is intended to coerce, control, punish, intimidate, or exact revenge […]

Gov. Edwards praises Louisiana’s ‘unwavering faith and enduring spirit’ in ‘State of the State’ address

By: - April 12, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards devoted the first half of Monday’s night “State of the State” address at Southern University’s A.W. Mumford Stadium to remembering the illness, death, destruction and hard times that visited Louisiana in 2020 in the form of the novel coronavirus pandemic and its related economic downturn and back-to-back-to-back “devastating hurricanes (that) made […]

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LSU says new Title IX policies will soon be in place

By: - April 10, 2021

LSU will have new civil rights and Title IX policies by July 15 that will spell out the reporting process for sexual misconduct, list the people who must report such misconduct and codify sanctions for employees who don’t report misconduct, Jane Cassidy, the Interim Vice President of Civil Rights & Title IX at LSU, told […]

Baton Rouge’s new mass vaccination site to allocate ‘several thousand vaccines a day’

By: - April 9, 2021

Starting April 16, people in the Baton Rouge area can get COVID-19 vaccine shots at a drive-through vaccination site being set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Baton Rouge, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a Friday morning news release. Located in the Bon Carre rear parking lot of the old Bon Marche […]

LSU students to legislature: ‘I have never felt safe on campus’

By: - April 8, 2021

Students at LSU expressed their fear and frustration with the university to women lawmakers Thursday, saying that they didn’t feel safe on campus and were hurt and embarrassed that their school put money over the care of its students. “I came (to LSU) with the expectation I would be safe on campus, and I’m not,” […]

LSU Clock Tower

LSU officials will not testify on sexual and domestic violence scandal Thursday

By: and - April 7, 2021

LSU officials will not testify Thursday before a group of women lawmakers in the Louisiana Legislature about the mishandling of sexual misconduct and domestic violence at the university. The lawmakers had formally invited several LSU officials — including LSU football Coach Ed Orgeron — to appear at a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on […]