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March 26, 2019

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| 3/4/2019

› Florida ranks near bottom in services for babies, toddlers
Florida finished in the bottom 25 percent nationally in a new report on how well the state provides for babies and toddlers. The “State of Babies Yearbook 2019” cited Florida’s higher than national average numbers in several key metrics, including infant mortality rate, babies with low birth weight and uninsured low-income babies, for the ranking.

› SpaceX’s new crew capsule aces space station docking
SpaceX's new crew capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, acing its second milestone in just over a day. No one was aboard the Dragon capsule launched Saturday on its first test flight, only an instrumented dummy. But that quickly changed once the hatch swung open and the space station astronauts floated inside.

› Tampa’s Laser Spine Institute abruptly closes, lays off hundreds
The Laser Spine Institute abruptly closed its doors and fired its employees on Friday, apparently without warning. The 14-year-old institute that regularly advertised its minimally invasive spinal procedures notified its more than 500 employees nationwide that it would cease operations.

› Jacksonville’s ethics commission wants to enforce open government
The Jacksonville Ethics Commission wants to begin investigating and imposing penalties for non-criminal violations of Florida’s open government laws, an idea gaining traction inside City Hall after a State Attorney’s Office investigation found City Council members regularly spoke privately on the phone but failed to uncover evidence that met the high threshold necessary to file criminal charges.

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