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Ricketts Defends Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Governor Pete Ricketts says he supports Nebraska's definition of marriage, despite a federal judge's ruling overturning it.

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Zoning Changes Advance

The Senate Ag and Natural Resources Committee voted to approve changes to the states zoning laws.

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Financial Report Released

The South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management has released the states comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2014.

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Wait On For Revenue Numbers

South Dakota lawmakers are back in Pierre today (Tuesday) to start the last nine days of the main run of the 2015 session.

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Ag Land Use Study Killed

A bill that would have set up a committee to study the actual use of ag land in South Dakota was killed on the Senate floor.

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Report: Government Programs Helping Poor

A new report shows that government programs have been effective in helping families with children out of poverty.

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Rustling Laws Considered

Getting caught stealing a horse was a serious crime in the old west.

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Dyed Fuel Tax Discussed

The Iowa D-O-T estimates the state could collect about 40-million dollars a year from farmers and construction companies if the tax exemption for so-called "red dye" fuel was lifted -- and a few lawmakers are questioning why that tax advantage is being maintained.

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Cold Weather Delays Cranes

Every year the Sandhill Cranes make a stop in central Nebraska on their migration north.

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Growth Seen In Economic Index

The Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index for February, a leading economic indicator for a nine-state region stretching from North Dakota to Arkansas, increased from January’s reading.

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Iowa Legislators Move to Budget And Education Issues

With the debate over increasing the gas tax out of the way, Iowa legislators now can focus on the budget, and settling on education funding.

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Rounds Still Hopes For Pipeline

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says he hopes the Congressional setback for the Keystone XL pipeline project doesn’t end up killing it.

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Higher Property Tax Revenue Expected In Nebraska

A report from the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board shows that taxes for the current fiscal year will be more than sixty two million dollars higher than expected.

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State Education Spending Debate Continues

State aid to education is a big issue for the South Dakota legislature.

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Iowa University Funding Debated

Iowa Legislators are raising questions about the new "performance-based" formula for directing tax dollars to the three state-supported universities.

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Bill Approved to Address Elderly Abuse

The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee approved a bill (Friday) that would set up an elder abuse task force in the state.

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Thune Offers Alternative To FCC Net Regulations

The Federal Communication Commission voted three to two to issue new rules that would attempt to regulate the operations of the internet.

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Positives Seen In New Internet rules

The Federal Communications Commission has passed new rules that seek to put some regulations on the internet.

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Loophole In Iowa’s Underage Drinking Law

For the third year in a row prosecutors are urging legislators to deal with an "oops" in Iowa's underage drinking law.

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Speed Limit Increase Clears Committee

A bill that would raise the speed limit to 75 miles an hour on many miles of interstate highways in Iowa has cleared its first hurdle in the state senate.

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Transportation Bill Moves Closer to Finalization

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A major transportation funding bill will be up for final action next week in the South Dakota legislature.

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Official Revenue Numbers on the Way for Legislature

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The next big step for South Dakota lawmakers will come next week when they get the official revenue numbers for the current fiscal year, and the latest estimates for the next year.

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Bill Killed to Allow Cities to Raise Funds With Sales Tax

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A bill that would have allowed cities in South Dakota to raise their sales tax for specific projects was in front of the House State Affairs committee today.

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Napa Junction Development Still Possible

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The Yankton County Commission heard this week that development prospects at Napa Junction are not dead.

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Pipeline Project Still Alive

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Despite the failure of Congress this week to override the President’s veto of the Keystone XL bill, the project is not dead.