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DA requests funds to hire staff and upgrade equipment

{A href="http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/search?q=Bakersfield"}BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Departments heads filled the Kern County supervisors' chambers, waiting for their chance to explain why they needed every dollar in their proposed budgets.

Among those making a pitch Tuesday was District Attorney Lisa Green. Hiring several new investigators topped the list for Green, who was elected to the office in 2011

She also requested $290,000 to upgrade out-of-date equipment in the county's crime lab.

The final county budgets have yet to be disclosed. An announcement will likely be made in the coming months.

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