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One of the blimps in the Tethered Aerostat Radar System, which carry radar aloft to provide surveillance in support of federal drug interdiction efforts. Two of the blimps are tethered along the Arizona border. (Photo by James Mills/Customs and Border Protection)

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Federal budget deal includes wildfire funds, border guarantees

Tucked inside the bill that reopened the federal government late Wednesday night was language guaranteeing that border-security measures, specifically radar surveillance blimps, would continue to be funded into 2014.