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Iowa Has Business Growth Issues

The Iowa Business Council released its fifth annual "Competitiveness Index" at its annual meeting.

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Economic Recovery Not Reaching Everybody

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the recession in the U-S ended in 2009.

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YAPG Focuses On Housing Shortage

Yankton Area Progressive Growth has taken a leading role in identifying housing issues, and looking for solutions.

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Nelson To Head South Dakota PUC

South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson has been elected Chair by his fellow commissioners.

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Another Try At Expanding Medicaid In Nebraska

Another attempt is being made in the legislature to expand Medicaid in Nebraska.


Prison Reform Bills Introduced

Nebraska State senators who held hearings throughout the interim on various problems with the state prison system have proposed legislation for this session.

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Thune: Climate Change Cures Worse Than Problems

During his State of the Union speech, President Obama pointed to climate change as the “greatest threat to the future,” due to increasing temperatures and sea levels.

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Holiday Gave Boost To South Dakota Retailers

It looks like holiday shopping gave South Dakota retailers a small boost at the end of last year.


Sturgeon Found On Missouri River

The discovery of two small fish in the lower Missouri River is big news for researchers and wildlife officials all along the river.


F Grade On Cutting Tobacco Use

A new report card on Iowa's efforts to cut the use of tobacco products gives the state one A and three Fs.

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Iowa School Aid Levels Debated

Republicans and school groups are staking out widely different positions over how much state aid should be forwarded to Iowa's public school districts.


Changes Sought In Drivers License Law

A Nebraska state senator hopes there's a change at the top, but if not, he plans to push ahead for a change in state policy that would allow youth brought to Nebraska illegally when young to obtain driver's licenses.


Children’s Groups Merge

Here 4 Youth is an organization in Sioux Falls that offers after school services to children with special needs and their siblings.


Record Numbers For South Dakota State Parks

South Dakota’s state parks saw a record number of campers last year.

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Thune’s Committee To Study Internet

South Dakota Senator John Thune held his first hearing as Chair of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. He says…

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More Power Lines Going Underground

As the growth in electric customers and consumption continues for Southeastern Electric, they are upgrading and protecting their system by putting more power lines underground.


Bill Introduced to Change Poker From Gambling to Skill

District 40 Senator, Tyson Larson, wants to change poker from gambling to a game of skill.


Search On For U Of I President

The president of the Iowa Board of Regents promises an open search that includes a lot of input for the new University of Iowa president to replace Sally Mason who is retiring at the end of July.


Water Suit Called An Insult To Family Farmers

An Iowa State Representative says managers of the Des Moines Water Works have insulted "every family farmer in northwest Iowa" by threatening to sue three counties over nitrate pollution in the Raccoon River.


Online Voter Registration For Iowans

The Iowa Voter Registration Commission is moving ahead with plans to let all eligible Iowa voters with a state-issued photo I-D register to vote online, but it will be up to the Iowa Department of Transportation to determine just when it can start.

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Winter Weather Returns

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South Dakota Democrats Talk Medicaid Expansion

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Medicaid expansion continues to be on the South Dakota legislative agenda.

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House Education Committee Repeals Foundation Funding

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The South Dakota House Education Committee voted to repeal the foundation funding legislation.

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Lots Of Lobbying On Gas Tax Proposal


One Iowa State Senator says the lobbying has been intense as the legislature prepares to take up a proposal to increase the state gas tax.

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Sioux Falls Flood Map Discussed


South Dakota’s Congressional delegation met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency this week to talk about new flood maps for the City of Sioux Falls.