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Corrections team wins Kansas weight loss contest

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A team of Kansas Department of Corrections workers are the biggest losers in Gov. Sam Brownback's weight loss challenge.

The corrections employees, who work at the women's prison in Topeka, bested more than 1,000 five-member teams from around the state. The corrections workers shed nearly 265 pounds -- about 19 percent of their total weight -- over four months and received a cash prize Tuesday of $5,000.

A group of state transportation workers from Fort Scott finished second for losing slightly less than 19 percent of their collective weight.

The competition ended with participants shedding more than 44,000 pounds in all. Brownback fielded his own five-member team and reported dropping seven pounds from his frame.