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State Of Literacy In Duval; Infant Addicts; & 'Reusing' Jacksonville — #39

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The most recent state reading test scores confirm what Duval County School Board members have stressed for the past few years: Literacy is one of the district’s biggest challenges.";

The future of Duval County is our focus.

Coming up, reading test scores for our area’s third-graders are in, and the results are — well, mixed.

While schools in more affluent neighborhoods posted reading scores above grade level, schools in low-income areas continue to struggle. Now one group is trying to change all that.

Then, the opioid crisis is now affecting every corner of every hospital in this country. Find out what one state politician is trying to do ensure funds are available to treat our youngest victims.

Also, plans to deepen a portion of the St. John’s River have been approved, but critics contend: Will it be enough? We’ll bring you both sides of the debate. Then, Jacksonville is a big city, but a recent study shows it’s also not a very developed city. And finally, we have dinosaurs and more on this episode of Redux.

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State Tests Show Half Of Duval 3rd Graders Reading At Grade Level

The most recent state reading test scores confirm what Duval County School Board members have stressed for the past few years: Literacy is one of the district’s biggest challenges.

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Sen. Nelson In Jacksonville: Politics Can’t Get In Way Of Care For Drug-Addicted Babies

UF Health Jacksonville doctors and the hospital’s CEO say more money is needed to deal with babies born addicted to opioids — that was the message to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, when he visited the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

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JaxPort Receives Some Federal Funding For River Deepening

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved more than $17 million Wednesday for deepening a portion of the St. Johns River. But with the full cost of the JaxPort dredging estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars, the newest allocation is just a drop in the river.

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"Dinosaurs In Motion" is an exhibit featured at MOSH.

‘Dinosaurs In Motion’ Exhibit Brings Interactive Dinosaurs To MOSH

If you’ve ever wanted to touch a T. rex at a museum without getting kicked out, now’s your chance. Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History is bringing dinosaurs to life in its new exhibit, “Dinosaurs in Motion.”

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Vince Kong can be reached at vkong@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter @teamvincek