US: How states rank. US News and World Report has issued its annual ranking of states, based on spending for health and education, and government efficiency, among other areas. Overall, three Southern states ranked in the top half: Virginia was 11th;Florida 24th and North Carolina 25th. Trailing the list, ranking 47th through 50th, wereAlabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana ……. Florida: New poll shows Nelson ahead. The second recent poll of Sunshine State voters, taken by long-time Floridapollster Mason-Dixon, showed that in a 2018 US Senate race, incumbent Bill Nelson (D) had 46%, Gov. Rick Scott (R) 41%. Also, President Trump has an approval rating of 43%, an unfavorable rating of 48% ……. Arkansas: State gets lethal execution drug. In January, the state government’s supply of potassium chloride expired. The drug is used in capital punishment to stop the heart. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has scheduled the executions of eight inmates in April and the Department of Corrections announced it has a sufficient supply of the drug. These executions will be the first in Arkansassince 2005, reports the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette …….