Two major West Coast bank groups on Friday endorsed the merger of NationsBank Corp. and BankAmerica Corp., but the California Independent Bankers Association said it opposed the $60 billion deal.

Testifying at a Federal Reserve hearing, Larry D. Kurmel, executive director of the California Bankers Association, and Bruce A. Koppe, executive vice president of the Washington Bankers Association, said the strong community reinvestment records of the two banks warrant approval.

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