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Dianne Feinstein

Senators drill into California water bill

WASHINGTON _ Ever hopeful lawmakers on Thursday conjured the vision of a compromise California water bill that succeeds instead of fails.tmpplchld It may be a mirage.tmpplchld But in a long-awaited hearing, the chairwoman of a key Senate committee zeroed in on some specific, concrete details that could be the basis for real-world legislation. Water storage, recycling and desalination projects could be the foundation for a deal, some believe.tmpplchld "We've got some things we can be building on," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. "Clearly, we've got some real differences. The way we're going to work this out is to work together."tmpplchld Chair of the...