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State Attempting To Lower Premie Death Rate

A Republican and a Democratic State Senator are trying to figure out what the state can do to lower the number of deaths of premature infants. Democrat Charleta Tavares tells Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles the rate is especially high among African American infants.

Tavares says she and Republican State Senator Shannon Jones will visiting groups in areas where the problem is worst, to try to figure out what the state can do to lower the death rate of premature infants. A group of health care providers is also looking at the problem and plans to make suggestions the state can adopt in the future.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.