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D.C. Water Calls For Rate Increase

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D.C. Water says it needs the rate hike to help pay for a major capitol project and to begin replacing the system's aging water mains and sewer lines.

"I think most people are aware of the constant drumbeat of lines that are breaking," says D.C. Water General Manager George Hawkins.

And he says to actually replace the pipes -- and not just fix them, which Hawkins compares to a bandaid, a signifigant rate increase is needed to fund the Capital Replacement Program.

D.C. Water will hold town hall hearings in each ward before taking a final vote in September. If approved, the rate hike goes into effect Oct. 1.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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Obama's Trip To Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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