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   A new study says nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine.
   For most, it comes from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source.
   That's according to a government analysis of national health surveys from 1999 through 2010.
   The research shows even most preschoolers consume some caffeine-containing products. But their average was the amount found in half a can of soda, and young kids' overall caffeine intake fell during the decade.
   The analysis is the first to examine recent national trends in caffeine among children and young adults.
   The results were published online Monday in Pediatrics.
 

Sen. Kirk: Federal support for sugar farmers costs jobs

Monday, 10 February 2014 02:32 Published in Local News
   CHICAGO (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic congressman Danny Davis say they want an end to federal government price protections for sugar farmers.
   The Farm Bill that passed this month leaves intact the government's depression-era program, which supports prices and protects growers from foreign competition.
   Candy makers and other food and beverage companies long have said the protections artificially restrict supplies, force consumers to pay more and only benefit a few thousand well-off growers.
   The two Illinois lawmakers are held a news conference Sunday to highlight their efforts. They were joined Sunday by Bill Kelley, vice chairman of Jelly Belly.
   They say 130,000 U.S. jobs have been lost to overseas competitors over the past 15 years because of the sugar program.
 

Woman found dead in rental van identified

Monday, 10 February 2014 02:22 Published in Local News

  Metro-east authorities aren't sure how a woman found slumped over the wheel of a rental van in a store parking lot actually died.  

   The Madison County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 42 year old Frances M. Ragan of East Alton.  The coroner's officer reportst that an initial autopsy found no signs of violence or trauma. Further testing, including toxicology tests, will be performed.  

   An employee of the Dollar General store in the 400 block of Broadway in South Roxana had discovered the woman Saturday morning and called police.  

   Investigators are asking anyone who spoke to Frances Ragan over the past several days to contact them.

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