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State help for firefighters 'a heavy lift'
State help for firefighters 'a heavy lift'

You'd think that with half the state charred -- and wildfires seemingly getting worse every year -- a top priority in Sacramento would be to improve California's firefighting capability. But it hasn't even been on the Legislature's agenda. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, responding to the lobbying efforts of fire officials around the state, tried to hoist the topic back onto the negotiating table Wednesday. But "it's a heavy lift," acknowledged his spokesman, Matt David. The Legislature is frantically rushing toward a Friday adjournment of its regular session, already juggling some hot issues and not anxious to add another. Besides, it's not exactly in...

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