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Jenny Oropeza dies at 53; state senator from Long Beach
Jenny Oropeza dies at 53; state senator from Long Beach

Jenny Oropeza, a Democratic state senator whose battle with cancer five years ago drove her to sponsor laws protecting public health and the environment, died Wednesday evening at a hospital in her hometown of Long Beach. She was 53.Oropeza had been declared cancer-free in 2005 but had been under treatment since May for a blood clot in her abdomen that kept her from traveling to Sacramento to attend legislative sessions.On Wednesday afternoon she was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital because she was having difficulty breathing.She died at 9:50 p.m. surrounded by family members including her husband, Tom Mullins. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.Gov. Arnold...

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