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Wine coolers to be banished from grocery stores

   |  Posted Mar 19th, 2008 @ 5:35pm


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gov. Jon Huntsman has signed a bill into law that will ban wine coolers from grocery stores.

Huntsman says he doesn't like the law, but he signed it Wednesday because it also increases the size of the standard shot of liquor from 1 ounce to 1.5 ounces.

He says that prohibiting the sale of flavored malt beverages anywhere but state liquor stores will tarnish the state's reputation. Utah is already known for having some of the strictest liquor laws in the country.

Under the bill Huntsman signed, the fruity drinks will be sold in grocery stores until October.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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