JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is a former Louisiana Illuminator reporter. Prior to working with the Illuminator, Canicosa worked for Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon. Canicosa 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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Legislators may sit on LHSAA’s executive committee

By: - October 1, 2020

The Senate education committee approved a bill that would put four legislators on the Louisiana High School Athletics Association’s executive committee. SB 11 states that if any school athletic organization receives funds from the government, the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House, and the chairmen of the Senate and House committees on […]

Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions too onerous, Republican lawmakers tell state health officials

By: - September 30, 2020

Pushing back against Louisiana lawmakers who believe that the state’s continuing COVID-19 restrictions are disproportionate to the threat, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, state health officer for the Louisiana Department of Health spoke ominously Wednesday of infections yet to come:  “I predict there’s going to be another spike, and it’s going to be in flu season,  and […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Attorney General Jeff Landry is challenging Louisiana public schools and health department

By: - September 26, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry challenged public schools and the Louisiana Department of Health on Sept. 24 over COVID-19 case reporting and disciplinary concerns. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry tweeted Thursday that he believes Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered the state health agency “to have schools report specific healthcare information on your child without your […]

17 Calcasieu parish public schools will start their semester next week

By: - September 25, 2020

Calcasieu Parish, which took a devastating blow from Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm on Aug. 27, will open 17 public schools for face-to-face instruction next week, the Calcasieu Parish School Board announced  on Facebook yesterday.  On the list of schools to reopen are 14 elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school. Faculty […]

Louisiana’s census response rate is next-to-last with one week left

By: - September 25, 2020

With less than a week to go before this year’s scheduled Sept. 30 end of counting for the 2020 Census, about 91.8 percent have been counted. Even so, in the ranking of state response rates, Louisiana’s has fallen from third lowest more than a week ago to second lowest now. Louisiana’s overall response rate to […]

LSU Clock Tower

Louisiana’s college COVID-19 numbers show wide gap between on-campus and virtual students

By: - September 24, 2020

The COVID-19 dashboard run by the Louisiana Department of Health shows 1,558 confirmed cases among college students, faculty and staff and 523 cases of the disease in K-12 schools across the state.  As one might expect, that dashboard shows more cases among students and faculty who’ve attended classes in person than among those who’ve accessed […]

White House coronavirus advisor said Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions ‘saved people’s lives’

By: - September 23, 2020

Days before the Louisiana Legislature convenes a special session where Republican lawmakers plan to discuss taking away the emergency powers that Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has used to fight the spread of the new coronavirus, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said that Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions “saved people’s lives.” “It is […]

Gov. Edwards declares state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Beta

By: - September 21, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Sept. 21 in advance of Tropical Storm Beta’s expected landfall on the Texas coast Monday night. Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for much of Louisiana’s coastline, and the storm’s slow movement puts Southwest Louisiana at risk for flash flooding and river flooding Monday through […]

Hurricane Laura didn’t knock McNeese State out

By: and - September 21, 2020

Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm that made landfall in Southwest Louisiana Aug. 27, thoroughly devastated McNeese State University and caused about $200 million in damage, Daryl Burckell, the university’s president, told the Louisiana Senate Education Committee at a Wednesday hearing. “All parts of the institution were affected and impacted,” Burckel said. “From our academic […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura damaged 74 of 76 Calcasieu Parish public schools

By: - September 17, 2020

Calcasieu Parish Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus told the Louisiana Senate Education Committee Wednesday that damage to schools caused by Hurricane Laura is “considerably worse” than the damage caused by Hurricane Rita. Of the 76 public schools in the parish, Bruchhaus said, 74 of them had damage and 15 had extensive damage such as torn-off roofs. None […]

A tree branch partial obscures the LSU Library

LSU’s Building Name Evaluation Committee holds inaugural meeting since library’s name change

By: - September 16, 2020

When a protest led by Black LSU students led to the university removing the name of a segregationist university president from the main library, those young activists said their work wasn’t done, and the university promised a more thorough evaluation of the names that adorn its buildings.   On Tuesday, the university’s Building Name Evaluation Committee, […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana sees slight increase in number of hospitalizations for COVID-19

By: - September 15, 2020

The number of Louisianians hospitalized for COVID-19 has crept up from 664 to 667, a slight increase that nevertheless warrants concern, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Tuesday afternoon press briefing.  The governor’s press briefing lasted less than 20 minutes, but he covered three major topics:  the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Hurricane Sally and […]