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Plagued by record budget deficits and massive job losses, local and state officials are looking to the federal government for immediate help.

It sounds like an obvious statement given the daily onslaught of bad news coming from Wall Street.

But as the U.S. Senate debates the nearly $900 billion economic stimulus package before it this week, time is slipping away, and help can't come soon enough for politicians desperately trying to help their constituents. Read full article »

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