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Budget cuts trim federal wildfire spending

As the sun sets behind Granite Mountain, community members fill the football field at Prescott High School in Prescott, Ariz. to honor the 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. On Sunday, June 30, 2013, 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died in an out-of-control wildfire. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Pat Shannahan)

WASHINGTON — This year's across-the-board budget cuts are slicing tens of millions of dollars from the federal government's funds for battling wildfires, reductions that have meant fewer firefighters and could cause agencies to dip into other programs designed to prevent future blazes.

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A multi-front referendum war

A prevailing sentiment among supporters of Medicaid expansion is that efforts to gather the signatures and challenge the expansion law via a referendum are bound to fail, a pro-expansion source told our reporter this morning (July 1).

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