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Posted: February 2, 2014 at 4:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I have experienced a really long career in this area, and my worry meter has never been this high.” Tim Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies, on a Western drought, now in its third year, that has prevented farmers from planting crops and forced ranchers to sell their cattle

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