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D.C. Council Says Lottery Contract Needs Work

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D.C. Council member Jack Evans says he won't allow a contract to provide scratch-off lottery tickets to go forward unless it meets a threshold for participation by local businesses. Evans said Thursday that he would seek to extend the current scratch-off contract while issues with the new proposal are resolved. He says it may need to be rebid.

The city's Office of the Chief Financial Officer wants to award a four-year, $9.7 million contract to New York-based Scientific Games International to provide instant tickets. The new contract, like the old one, does not meet a requirement under city law that at least 35 percent of it go to local businesses.

The lottery business in the city has long been troubled. Scratch-off tickets account for 25 percent of lottery sales.

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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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