Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell says she'll sign a new bill that bans the sale of all sodas and sports drinks in public schools. Only healthy beverages, such as water, milk and 100% fruit juices, will be allowed. To the dismay of some, the legislation does not automatically ban vending machine sales of candy and other junk foods.
Robert Wegman, chairman of Wegmans Food Markets, died Thursday at the age of 87. The grocery pioneer took over his family business in 1950, and is credited with introducing the concept of one-stop shopping to grocery stores and introducing loyalty and nutritional programs to the company's customers.
With an additional 1.7 million people signing up for the Medicare drug plan in the past month, the program now has exceeded its enrollment goal for this year. Health and Human Services secretary Mike Leavitt said 30 million Americans now are enrolled, beating the original projections for this year; the announcement was made amid congressional calls to extend the May 15 sign-up deadline.
Two Connecticut Democrats have accused Coca-Cola Co. of pressuring local schools to sell soda to students by offering financial incentives for stocking vending machines with soda and by threatening to rescind funding for scholarships and athletic programs if the legislature bans schools from selling soft drinks. An attorney for Coke says the company will defend its existing deals and school districts can renegotiate their contracts after the current ones expire.