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South Dakota Senator Critical of Presidential Approach to ISIS

South Dakota Senator John Thune has been critical of the approach of the Obama Administration to the threat from ISIS.

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Onward Yankton Creates Community Poll

After 50 days, the search for Yankton’s next ‘big idea’ has hit the halfway point.

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Yankton Sales Tax Continues Up

Sales tax in Yankton continue their strong growth trend.

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South Dakota Board of Regents Names New Executive Director

The South Dakota Board of Regents has named Michael Rush as their next Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

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Iowa Lawmakers Work Ahead of Holiday

Iowa lawmakers got an extra early start to this Memorial Day weekend.

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Nebraska Lawmakers Vote to Allow Illegal Children to Have Licences

State lawmakers have moved to end Nebraska's status as the only state left that denies driver's licenses to the children of illegal immigrants.

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Nebraska Governor Please with Spending Plan

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is pleased with the $8.6 billion spending plan for the next two years.

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South Dakota Senator Recognizes Air Veterans

In honor of the Memorial Day observance, South Dakota Senator John Thune made a floor speech recognizing the air aces of American military forces.

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Increased Patrol on I-90 Memorial Day Weekend

Law enforcement agencies in South Dakota and Minnesota will be out in full force this weekend along Interstate 90.

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Weather Trends Positive for Northern Plains

It looks like weather trends may turn more positive for the northern plains into early summer.

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Wind Power Development May Slow Down

Wind power development is very active right now, but the intensity could drop in the next couple of years.

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Details of Budget Plan Underway

Republican leaders in the US House are working on details of a budget plan that would move away from sequestration in exchange for spending caps.

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Rail Line Reconstruction Continues

More of the pieces are falling into place for reconstruction of a portion of rail line from Chamberlain west.

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Iowa Bridges in Disrepair

A new report shows 22-percent of Iowa's rural bridges are "structurally deficient."

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Iowa Considering Legal Fireworks

It would be legal to sell and set off fireworks in Iowa if a bill that cleared the Iowa House becomes law.

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Nebraska Lawmakers Considering Licences for Illegal Children

Nebraska lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow driver's licenses to those brought into the country illegally as children.

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Nebraska Unicameral Repeals

Nebraska lawmakers have voted to repeal the death penalty, but it likely will take another vote to make it final.

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Death Penalty Repeal to be Vetoed

Nebraska Senators voted 32 to 15 yesterday to repeal the death penalty.

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Meeting Will Discuss Pipeline

A meeting is being held for South Dakota landowners to express their concerns with the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

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High School Activities Association To Be Studied

One of the summer study committees set up by the South Dakota legislature would take a look at the high school activities association.

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Life Without Parole to Replace Nebraska Death Penalty

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Nebraska is now among 19 states that do not have the death penalty.

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Franken Returns from Cuba

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Minnesota Senator Al Franken is wrapping up a nearly week-long trip to Cuba as part of a congressional delegation that's exploring ways the U.S. can expand trade opportunities with the island nation.

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Iowa Universities to Address Sexual Assault

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The board that governs the three state universities in Iowa will discuss creating a campus safety and security sub-committee at its meeting next week in Ames.

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Egg Prices Rise in Response to Avian Flu

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Consumers are seeing some grocery prices rise as the price of eggs used by food manufacturers has more than tripled in recent weeks due to the avian influenza outbreak in 16 states.

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Death Penalty Repealed in Nebraska

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Nebraska lawmakers debated repeal of the death penalty for three and a half hours before finally voting to override Governor Pete Ricketts' veto.