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ATTRACTING JOBS: The city of Lakeland needs to step up incentives it offers to attract companies offering high-skill, high-wage jobs if it wants to compete with Florida’s larger cities, LEDC’s Steve Scruggs tells city commissioners at a planning retreat | Examples

HOSPITAL: Lakeland Regional Health received its second straight B safety grade from the Leapfrog rating agency; the hospital has received four B scores and three A scores in the most recent ratings  | Leapfrog LRH profile

ALSO: A magistrate heard from both sides about alleged BS Ranch and Farm code violations but hasn’t ruled yet | A children’s reading festival is set for Barnett Park on Saturday | Staff Sgt. Richard Caton, 34, of Lakeland is one of two Florida contenders for Army National Guard Best Warrior Soldier