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.

Lake Charles tenants get temporary restraining order blocking their evictions

By: - September 15, 2020

When 22-year-old Tyneesha Johnson evacuated her Lake Charles apartment when Hurricane Laura struck last month, she didn’t expect to not be able to return home. The building’s still intact and so was all of her stuff inside her apartment, but on Sept. 3, without warning, Wilshire Apartments terminated the leases of Johnson and the residents […]

Sally expected to become a hurricane that could soak New Orleans

By: - September 13, 2020

Tropical Storm Sally was slowly creeping toward the Gulf Coast Monday morning, leaving weather forecasters worried about the amount of water the storm will produce and somewhat confused about its track. At a Sunday afternoon press conference, Gov. John Bel Edwards urged Louisianians to prepare for a Category 2 storm that looked like it could […]

Phase 3 of re-opening plan means changes for K-12 but none for LSU

By: - September 11, 2020

COVID-19 cases have been trending down statewide since K-12 schools and colleges welcomed back their students, and Gov. John Bel Edwards’ announcement that Louisiana will move into phase 3 means fewer state-mandated restrictions on those campuses. For schools, that means the maximum number of people allowed in a room increases from 25 to 50 — […]

Lake Charles after Laura

Two more parishes added to FEMA’s individual assistance program

By: - September 11, 2020

Union and Morehouse parishes have been added to FEMA’s individual assistance program, bringing the total number of parishes where residents are eligible for aid to 18, the governor’s office announced Thursday. “This FEMA aid will help the people of these two parishes recover, and I encourage all residents affected by the storm to register for […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Two weeks after Hurricane Laura, Cameron and Calcasieu parishes are almost completely in the dark

By: - September 9, 2020

Two weeks after Hurricane Laura made landfall as the strongest storm to hit Louisiana, about 75 percent of the power had been restored, Dan Brouillette, the secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy, said at a Wednesday press conference, but in the area where the storm struck, almost no progress has been made. Ninety to […]

Secretary of state’s election plan ‘just contravenes too many CDC guidelines,’ Edwards says

By: - September 8, 2020

At Tuesday’s press conference at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge, Gov. John Bel Edwards talked about voting after Hurricane Laura, voting during a pandemic, and he updated the storm’s death toll. Hurricane-voting plan Hurricane Laura so thoroughly wrecked southwest Louisiana that Edwards announced the formation of a task force that is […]

National champion LSU Football Tigers may play home games before crowds at quarter capacity

By: - September 8, 2020

After months of speculation about what LSU football games would look like the season after the Tigers were crowned national champions and if even if there’d be a season at all, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference that he would consider opening Tiger Stadium at a 25 percent capacity for […]

Unemployed workers continue to demand congressional action

By: - September 7, 2020

Orville Lowery, 69,  a self-described “country boy from Arkansas” is no stranger to protest and activism. In the 1960s, he protested against segregation and Jim Crow laws. In the 70s, he protested the Vietnam War. And today, he says that fight is against the government’s inaction in the face of a pandemic. “I always hated […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

High school football likely to resume soon

By: - September 4, 2020

It is looking very likely that high school contact sports, specifically football, will begin again soon despite Louisiana still operating in Phase 2 of reopening. Eddie Bonine, executive director of the Louisiana High School Athletics Association, made the recommendation at a House education committee meeting, reversing the LHSAA’s original plan to keep high school football […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Schools in 13 parishes are closed after Hurricane Laura

By: - September 4, 2020

School system in 13 parishes have stopped their school year due to Hurricane Laura, said Cade Brumley, Louisiana schools superintendent, at a Louisiana House education committee meeting Friday. Calcasieu Parish, for example, have closed their schools until further notice because 97% of their school facilities suffered “substantial damage,” according to their Facebook page. Once power […]

‘What we don’t want is a repeat of what we saw Memorial Day,’ Gov Edwards says

By: - September 3, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Thursday morning press conference focused on the ongoing coronavirus crisis in Louisiana, the White House’s instructions to states to prepare to distribute an eventual vaccine and the ongoing effects that Hurricane Laura is continuing to have on Louisiana parishes and the people who live there or have been displaced because of […]

After Hurricane Laura, residents in parishes not approved for FEMA aid feel ‘completely on their own’

By: and - September 3, 2020

Hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 hurricane shortly after midnight Aug. 27, and, remarkably, after ripping a vertical seam of destruction through the state, was still a hurricane when it exited the state for Arkansas that afternoon. The storm has been blamed for 15 deaths and more than a half million […]