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• The Associated Press reports that State Rep. Law Shawn Ford, a Chicago Democrat, plans to reintroduce legislation that would ban the use of artificial trans fats by the state’s restaurants.

The difference between this one and the old version, which did not generate enough support to become law: this one won’t apply to doughnuts.

AP says that Ford plans an education effort “to raise awareness about the artery-clogging effects of trans fats before reintroducing the bill later this year or next year.”

• Coinstar announced a deal with Safeway that will install approximately 1,400 Coinstar coin-counting kiosks in Safeway's stores in the United States and Canada by the end of 2011. Coinstar kiosks are expected to be installed in Safeway stores and its banners including Vons, Dominick's, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Genuardi's, Pavilions, Carrs and Pak N' Save. Installations are planned to begin this month.
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