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Metro Briefing: Connecticut

HARTFORD: JUNK-FOOD LIMITS URGED State lawmakers are considering a ban on junk food from school vending machines. Food sold from the machines would be limited to snacks and drinks that meet federal nutrition standards. Representative Mary M. Mushinsky, a Democrat and the chairwoman of the Select Committee on Children, said the bill was part of an effort to reduce childhood obesity. Senator Catherine W. Cook, the committee's ranking Senate Republican, said she was not convinced that the state should regulate children's diets. "I concur there are a lot of things we as the Legislature can do to help parents raise kids," she said, "but we are not parents."   (AP)

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