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Petition Drive To Increase Minimum Wage

The details are still being worked out on a potential ballot initiative that would let voters in South Dakota decide on raising the minimum wage.

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Railroad Sale Still Possible

The former D.M. & E. rail line through South Dakota may be sold, or it might not.

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Iowa Named Top Party School

The Princeton Review’s annual listing of the top colleges in the country has moved Iowa up from number two to number one in the category or party schools — though a university spokesman says the ranking doesn’t make sense.

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King Blasts Embassy Closings

Iowa Congressman Steve King opposes the Obama Administration’s decision to close 19 U.S. embassies in Northern Africa and the Middle East all week due to terror threats.

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Dentist Shortage In Nebraska

Out of the 93 counties in Nebraska, 48 are designated as a dentistry shortage area and 20 counties don’t have a dentist at all.

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Economist says Minimum Wage Increase Is A Bad Idea

im Vokal is the Executive Director of the Platte Institute and says they conducted a study on how minimum wage increases impact workers and the economy. He doesn’t recommend it.

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Work On Property Tax Continues

The change to taxing farmland based on what it produces is still a work in progress in South Dakota.

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Program Promotes Sharing

An Iowa Department of Education official says the organization is taking a cautious approach in instituting updates to a program that provides school districts with extra state financial help if they share positions to cut costs.

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Opportunities Missed On Farm Bill

Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith says the House missed a real opportunity to approve reforms to the Farm Bill, which was barely approved after stripping the food stamp portion from it.

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“Dreamer” Defends Status

A so-called “DREAMer” from northwest Iowa who was brought into the U.S. illegally by his parents when he was one isn’t sure what he’d do if a proposal Congressman Steve King shepherded through the House becomes law.

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Baby Turned In To State Of Iowa

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The Iowa Department of Human Services says a baby has been turned over to the state -- the third use of the Safe Haven law in four months.

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Report Claims Global Warming Will Lead To More Bugs

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A report from the National Wildlife Federation claims global climate change will lead to an increase in ticks, mosquitoes, other blood-sucking pests, and poison ivy.

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Nebraska Governor’s Race Closer Than Expected

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A few polls have emerged on the Nebraska gubernatorial race...apparently a closer race than many expected.

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Daugaard Ready To Answer EB5 Questions

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South Dakota democrats this week called for subpoenas of state officials in connection with the EB-5 visa investigation.

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Good Weather For Crops Expected

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The cool, fairly wet summer is causing concern for farmers across the region.