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Common Core Standards Questioned

A meeting on the Common Core education standards was held last weekend in Rapid City.

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Concern Raised About New Mortgage Lenders

As the housing market recovers from the recession, it appears there are more companies emerging to offer home mortgages.

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Energy Squeeze AT USD

Students at the University of South Dakota got an email this week from the Dean of Students asking them to cut back on electricity usage as much as possible.

Heat Is Double Edged Sword

The heat is on across Iowa, and while days where the temperature tops the 90-degree mark won’t help some crops, it’s not a bad thing for all corn and soybeans.

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Drunk Driving Campaign Underway

A nationwide campaign to remove drunk drivers from the road is underway and will run through September 8.

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Iowa Seeks Approval For Health Plan

State officials have finally submitted their formal request to the federal government, asking for approval of Iowa’s version of Medicaid expansion.

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Animal Control Laws Discussed

The Yankton City Commission took a look at the first draft of a comprehensive update to animal control laws at their meeting Monday night.

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Domestic Abuse Study Continues

The Domestic Abuse Interim Study Committee of the South Dakota legislature held another field hearing in Yankton Monday.

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Head Injuries To Be Studied

Cutting-edge research could lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of concussions…as well as a range of brain injuries in the renovated East Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

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Insurance Scam Targets Iowans

owa Attorney General Tom Miller is warning that scammers are targeting uninsured Iowans who will use the state’s “Insurance Exchange” this fall to shop for coverage.

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Minnesota Budget Still Under Construction

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State budget negotiations resumed at Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's residence yesterday afternoon.

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Death Penalty Showdown in Nebraska

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Governor Pete Ricketts has vetoed legislation passed by the Unicameral that would repeal the death penalty.

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Bill to Allow Packer Ownership of Livestock Advances

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Meat packers would be able to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers under a bill advancing in the Unicameral.

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Service Honors Fallen Omaha Officer

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Funeral services for Omaha Police officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed in the line of duty, were held Tuesday.

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Blood Donations Needed For Summer

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The upcoming summer season brings with it busier schedules, and LifeServe Blood Center, based in Sioux City, Iowa, finds their blood supply falls low as people take less time to make regular donations.