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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.

Louisiana’s third-round COVID-19 vaccine lottery winners announced

By: - July 30, 2021

Stephen Curry got money Friday for taking shots in New Orleans. No, not the 3-point specialist who’s a two-time NBA most valuable player. This Stephen Curry is a 57-year-old New Orleans resident who won the third $100,000 cash prize as part of Louisiana’s ‘Shot At A Million’ campaign. Jacob Ardoin, 15, of Lafayette, won the […]

Housing advocates hoping for last-minute eviction moratorium extension before expiring this weekend

By: - July 30, 2021

The Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness & Housing is “waiting with hopeful anticipation” to see if the CDC’s moratorium on evictions — which is set to expire Saturday — will get a last-minute extension to protect renters and homeowners who are behind on rental payments, Leigh Rachel, executive director of the Acadiana Regional Coalition on […]

Some Louisiana college campuses are keeping their mask mandates; others may soon adopt mandates

By: - July 28, 2021

In response to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, LSU’s Health and Medical Advisory Committee has announced a list of “science-based recommendations” including the continuation of a mask mandate and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test before arriving on campus. The committee is recommending that the administration adopt those measures for all LSU campuses. LSU […]

FedLoan will no longer manage student loans for Education Dept.

4 private Louisiana universities are approved to require COVID-19 vaccinations

By: - July 27, 2021

Dillard University, Loyola University New Orleans, Tulane University and Xavier University are the only Louisiana schools that have requested and received approval from the Office of Public Health to require the COVID-19 vaccine for people on campus ahead of the fall semester. The University of Holy Cross in New Orleans will also require their students, […]

Only 45% of staff at Louisiana’s nursing homes are fully vaccinated

By: and - July 19, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana health officials have been engaged in an all-out public relations campaign to convince skeptical Louisianians that COVID-19 is deadly, that the new Delta variant is even more infectious and that vaccination against the novel coronavirus is a proven method of avoiding life-threatening illness and death. Their campaign has included […]

Ray Belton, Southern University’s president-chancellor, plans to retire in 2022

By: - July 16, 2021

After seven years as the Southern University system’s president-chancellor, Ray Belton announced to the Southern University Board of Supervisors Friday morning he will retire in the  fall of 2022. “This is a good day, I’ve been truly blessed,” Belton said during the meeting. Belton said he took on the role as president-chancellor “to provide for […]

Louisiana students will be expected to space out during the second full pandemic school year

By: - July 14, 2021

Louisiana K-12 students will be encouraged to keep three feet between themselves and stay six feet away from adults in classroom settings when the 2021 fall semester begins. Those guidelines are included in the Louisiana Department of Education’s recently updated “Ready to Achieve,” a document spelling out “best practices for a safe return to in-person […]

Louisiana saw 14 percent increase in vaccinations first week after lottery was announced

By: - July 13, 2021

The number of Louisiana residents choosing to get a COVID-19 vaccine increased by 14% the week after Gov. John Bel Edwards introduced the Shot At a Million lottery program, Joe Kanter, the state’s chief medical officer, said in an interview with the Illuminator Tuesday. The $1 million lottery was the latest incentive program from the […]

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry opposes schools interpreting Title IX to protect against LGBTQ discrimination

By: - July 9, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined 20 other attorneys general in sending a letter to President Joe Biden expressing their opposition to the U.S. Department of Education’s interpretation of Title IX to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people. Title IX is a federal law passed in the 1970s that seeks to protect from sex discrimination anyone […]

Jefferson Parish School Board reaches settlements in two lawsuits over BB gun suspensions

By: - July 7, 2021

The Jefferson Parish School Board reached a financial settlement with the families of two boys who were suspended for displaying BB guns during virtual classroom instruction and suspended by school officials who accused them of possessing a weapon on school property. The board’s decision to suspend the boys led to local and national outrage from […]

LSU to handle Title IX cases ‘from a trauma-informed perspective,’ new President William Tate says

By: - July 6, 2021

On his first day on the job, new LSU President William Tate spoke Tuesday about the sexual misconduct scandal that has led to lawsuits against the university and a tarnished image. Tate, who said he wants the university to handle Title IX cases “from a trauma-informed perspective,” promised to look at the policies President Tom […]

Governor vetoes bill that would've allowed concealed guns without a permit

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoes bills related to vaccines, emergency powers and elections

By: and - July 2, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Friday that he vetoed 28 of the 505 bills the Louisiana Legislature sent him during the 2021 legislative session.  That number includes the construction bill because Edwards used a line-item veto for some projects lawmakers approved. The Legislature can override any of the governor’s vetoes with a two-thirds vote in […]