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School junk food ban advances in Senate

COLUMBIA --- A bill meant to trim students' growing waist lines by giving them only healthy options during the school day has advanced in the South Carolina Legislature.

The Senate Education Committee approved the measure Wednesday, but Republican Sen. Larry Grooms of Bonneau has pledged to try to block it.

The legislation bans school-hour sales of high-fat, high-sugar foods and drinks at all grade levels, whether in the cafeteria, canteen or hallways. It also sets nutritional guidelines for school lunch programs higher than U.S. Department of Agriculture standards.

The House passed the measure last year.

In other news

SOUTH CAROLINA students would join state and federal workers in having Veterans Day off under a bill advancing to the Senate floor. The Senate Education Committee approved legislation on Wednesday requiring districts to close schools for Veterans Day.

THE LEAD DEMOCRATIC challenger to U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint said Wednesday he is dropping out of the race. Rock Hill attorney Chad McGowan, 38, said he decided his 8-year-old twin daughters and 4-year-old son must be his focus.

-- Edited from wire reports

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