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Link to lailluminator.com Louisiana pharmacies overwhelmed as COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands (opens in new window)

The state started distributing the vaccines to commercial pharmacies for the first time this week — a process several pharmacists described on Monday as chaotic and overwhelming. 

In all, only a fraction of the state’s pharmacies will receive any vaccine supply this week at all. 

  • Vaccines need to be used within six hours of opening a vial
  • There are 485,000 people over 70 and 10,500 doses available this week
  • 107 pharmacies now carry the vaccine out thousands in the state
New Lafayette Police Chief Thomas Glover

Lafayette’s new police chief brings tidings of change

Glover spent three decades with the Dallas Police Department, serving as deputy chief since 2012. He’s a native of northeast Louisiana, and an outspoken advocate for police accountability.

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Private contractor tapped by Guillory lacks license to install security cameras in Lafayette

The gist: Crime Fighters of Louisiana, the private entity contracted to provide security cameras for Lafayette, was issued a cease-and-desist letter from Louisiana’s fire marshal for failing to secure a license required by state law. What this means: The company, owned by Lafayette businessman and law enforcement booster Brooks Bernard, can’t immediately execute on a […]

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Vermilionville board breaks stalemate with the help of top lobbyist

Call it a Christmas miracle. Just when it appeared that opposing factions of the eight-member Bayou Vermilion District Board of Commissioners had dug into an icy stalemate over its finances and electing officers, this week’s meeting had board members warming up to a new spirit of cooperation.  The board unanimously approved CEO David Cheramie’s final […]

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Illustration: Two figures peeking under a giant rug-sized Lafayette Consolidated Government logo

Council Preview 12/16: Old federal courthouse is back for help; a ‘new’ development code; ratifying Guillory’s emergency powers

The gist: Wednesday (tonight) the City Council will finally decide if it’s going to subsidize the old federal courthouse developer’s profits. Both councils will decide whether to reaffirm the mayor-president’s emergency powers. And Lafayette may be getting a new development code — kind of. Meanwhile, the parish’s deteriorating finances continue to force tough decisions on […]

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