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Stafford County Plans To Lower Taxes

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While many jurisdictions continue to raise taxes to make ends meet, Stafford County in northern Virginia is doing the opposite. For the third year in a row, county residents will see a cut in their taxes. The news comes after the Board the Supervisors adopted a new fiscal year 2013 budget this week.

Tax reductions over the last three years have resulted in a total of almost 12 percent savings for the people who live in the county. Other highlights from the budget include funding for improving parks, and money for an additional court deputy.

There's also enough cash to restore Sunday hours at the Porter and England Run libraries.

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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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