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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.

Pastor could avoid criminal charges if resolution passes

Louisiana pastor who defied COVID-19 restrictions appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court

By: - November 16, 2020

Tony Spell, the charismatic Pentecostal pastor who defied the state’s order limiting crowd sizes, asked the United States Supreme Court for a writ of injunction after losing a battle in federal court last week over COVID-19 restrictions placed on the church. Spell, the pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Central, made headlines around the country […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana reports the most daily COVID-19 cases ever

By: - November 13, 2020

Louisiana reported 3,492 new COVID-19 Thursday — the most reported in a single day since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Friday afternoon press conference.There were 692 COVID-19 patients in Louisiana hospitals Friday, Edwards reported, the most since Sept. 11. A total of 6,121 Louisiana residents have died due to […]

Pastor could avoid criminal charges if resolution passes

Judge rules against Louisiana pastor who defied state COVID-19 restrictions

By: - November 12, 2020

Tony Spell, the charismatic Pentecostal pastor who defied the state’s order limiting crowd sizes, lost a battle in federal court this week when a judge ruled that the state had not mistreated his church. “The Supreme Court has always recognized that religious freedom does not act as an absolute shield against generally applicable laws,” U.S. […]

Voter who sued Louisiana for ballot access says voting should always be easy

By: - November 12, 2020

When Jennifer Harding started caretaking for her mother, father and grandmother in March, she and her family started isolating from the rest of the world. “Before even the stay-at-home order went into place, we took our son out of school,” Harding said. Harding was worried about the safety of her mother, who has post-polio syndrome, […]

COVID-19 clinical trial in New Orleans area is looking for moderately sick volunteers

By: - November 12, 2020

People in the New Orleans-Metairie area who recently tested positive for COVID-19 but aren’t so sick that they need hospitalization can take part in a clinical trial that will test multiple treatments developed from the blood of patients who’ve had COVID-19. Volunteers must have tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous seven days, experienced symptoms […]

Calcasieu Parish public schools’ academic calendar could extend to early June

By: - November 9, 2020

The Calcasieu Parish School Board is scheduled to vote on a proposed change to the system’s school calendar Tuesday that, starting Nov. 30, would add 30 more minutes to each school day.  Even with those added minutes, a school year interrupted by two hurricanes and an ongoing pandemic wouldn’t end before early June.    “Staff has […]

Five more parishes can apply for Hurricane Delta aid

By: - November 9, 2020

Beauregard, Lafayette, Rapides, St. Landry and St. Martin parishes have been added to FEMA’s individual assistance program, bringing the total number of parishes impacted by Hurricane Delta where residents are eligible for aid to 10, the governor’s office announced Saturday. Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Oct. 9 near Creole, Louisiana, about […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Calcasieu Parish reopens 66 public schools after Hurricane Laura

By: - November 6, 2020

More than two months after Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm that heavily damaged 74 Calcasieu Parish public schools, the school board has reopened 66 public schools. “The reopening process is going really well,” Holly Holland, the public information officer for the Calcasieu Parish School Board, said. “Our students, faculty, and staff have all been […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Defying his Republican opponents, Gov. Edwards extends COVID-19 restrictions

By: - November 5, 2020

Louisiana will remain in Phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening plan through Dec. 4, Gov. John Bel Edwards, announced Thursday as he said that risky behavior from residents over the Halloween weekend had him “on pins and needles” worrying that a new surge of COVID-19 is coming. “I’m hoping, praying, it doesn’t show up in […]

Amendment 5 opponents say Louisiana lawmakers should take the amendment’s defeat to heart

By: - November 5, 2020

During Tuesday’s statewide election, Louisiana voters rejected Amendment 5, which would have allowed some manufacturers to avoid the property taxes they would otherwise owe local taxing jurisdictions for new projects or additions and instead negotiate lower payments with those jurisdictions.   Edgar Cage, a leader of Together Louisiana, a statewide network of congregations and civic organizations, […]

Sen. Bill Cassidy ready to push alternative COVID-19 relief package

By: - November 4, 2020

After U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Baton Rouge, won his first-ever bid for re-election Tuesday night, he talked to members of the press about what he felt he’s done right during his first term and what his plans are for his second term. Congress failed to pass another COVID-19 relief package before Election […]

More Louisianans cast a ballot this year than any other in the past 30

By: - November 4, 2020

With 92 percent of precincts reported as of 12:30 on Nov. 4, 2,100,291 voters cast their ballots in Louisiana, the most ever in a presidential election. 2,100,291 of the 3,092,871 is an unofficial turnout of 69.4 percent. An increase of the 67 percent voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election. Before Nov. 3, about a […]