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As you may have already heard, The Star was a winner over the weekend at the Alabama Press Association's 2012 Better Newspaper Contest announcement. Work by Star journalists was recognized in 16 categories.

The Star's Our Big Problem on obesity in Alabama won top honors in the public service category. A link to all the of the articles in the series is here. Anniston's Darin Sims smartly summed up the stakes of the issue during one of the Star's community conversations: "We spend way too many dollars on health care. It’s a threat to our national well-being, our national security. The wealth of our nation is being spent in the wrong places. There should be more of a national focus on it."

The Star picked up a third-place honor in the freedom of information category for its Air War series - Star project examines how political campaign money is spent for TV time.

Eddie Burkhalter was second in best feature for Southern Flight 242: In 1977, in the tiny town of New Hope, a plane crashed in my yard

In the Best In-depth News Coverage category Cameron Steele was third for Courts & Rehab: Some local, state officials at odds over how to treat drug offenders .

Second place in Best Spot News Story was for Depot to lay of 500 by Laura Camper, Tim Lockette and Patrick McCreless.

Links to other first-place winners in the writing categories:

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