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DOTD PREPARED FOR POSSIBLE WINTRY WEATHER

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development staff is preparing to respond in the event of adverse weather. Forecasts call for freezing temperatures with the possibility of wintry precipitation in some areas of the state this coming weekend.
DOTD will have crews out scouting the roadways and bridges and will be prepared to respond, if necessary.

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Delcambre agrees to approve two Emergency plans, fire ordinance

DELCAMBRE — The Town of Delcambre approved Emergency Management hazard Mitigation Plan for Iberia Parish and Vermilion Parish.
The twin parish town had the benefit last night to decide to adopt two Emergency Mitigation plans that will only benefit them in the long run if the town were to suffer a major natural disaster. Prescott Marshall from Iberia Parish and Homer Stelly from Vermilion Parish presented the board with the smart decision to include both plans, in which the board agreed to do.

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The New Iberia Research Center is home to more than 8,500 nonhuman primates and is the nation’s largest academically affiliated, nonhuman primate research center. (Photo courtesy of University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

UL Lafayette reveals role in development of historic COVID-19 vaccine

The road to the first globally available COVID-19 vaccine ran through the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Trials involving nonhuman primates at UL Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Center helped determine the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the world’s first fully tested COVID-19 immunization approved for emergency use.
“We are so privileged to have been on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic,” said Jane Fontenot, NIRC’s director of Contract Research. “It’s very rewarding.”

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