Black Infant Mortality Bill Signed

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Gov. Charlie Crist signed the million-dollar bill at the College Hill Library in East Tampa. It will study the reasons why the mortality rate for black babies is more than double the rate for whites. In 2005, 12 black babies died for every 1,000 births.

Advocates say while infant deaths in Florida have declined in recent years, they remain high, because too many women are living in poverty with poor education and nutrition and no access to health care. And more babies are being born in the state than ever before.

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