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Photo ID Law Debate In Unicameral

A US Supreme Court decision to let a voter photo ID law stand in Wisconsin reignited debate on the issue in the Nebraska Unicameral.

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Tax Incentive Programs Under Evaluation

A bill calling for the evaluation of tax incentive programs to lure businesses to Nebraska has advanced in the Unicameral.

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Debate on Obamacare Continues in Budget Resolution

As part of the appropriations process, republicans in the US House plan to write the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare out of their budget resolution.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska and Iowa

This is severe weather awareness week across Nebraska and Iowa.

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Senator Criticizes the EPA Waters of the U.S. Rule

South Dakota Senator John Thune criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) controversial Waters of the U.S. rule.

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Analysis Finds Safest Cities in the Region

A ranking by the website SafeWise.com has created a list of the safest cities in each state in the region.

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Honoring Vietnam Veterans Monday

South Dakota Governor, Dennis Daugaard, has set Monday, March 30th as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day”.

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Veteran Services More Flexible

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on ways to improve access to health care for veterans.

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Iowa Law to Provide Lawsuit Protection to Cities with Sledding

A bill that supporters say will provide some liability protection to cities that allow sledding on city-owned properties -- like parks and golf courses -- is on its way to Governor Terry Branstad's desk.

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Iowa Governor Criticized for Regents Appointees

Senate Democrats say Iowa's Republican governor has followed the letter, but not the spirit of the law when it comes to appointing new people to the board that governs the three state-supported universities.

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Nebraska Riders Must Continue Helmet Use

An effort to repeal the mandatory motorcycle helmet law in Nebraska failed after supporters couldn't overcome the filibuster mounted against it.

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South Dakota Senator Discusses Obamacare

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds joined fellow freshmen members of the Senate in a news conference yesterday to address the future of health care on the five-year anniversary of Obamacare.

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Ag Economic Opportunities Exist Despite Low Prices

Despite a slowing ag economy, there are still opportunities for development. Pat Costello, Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development says there are still ag processing opportunities out there.

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City of Yankton Discussing Holiday Lights

We may be approaching spring, but the Yankton City Commission was talking about winter holidays at their meeting last night.

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Bill to Change Ag Land Assessment Killed in Legislature

A comprehensive bill that would have changed how ag land is assessed for property taxes in South Dakota was killed during this year’s legislative session.

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Lead Poisoning Continues to Trouble Iowa

A few recent incidents are serving as a reminder that childhood lead poisoning continues to be a serious concern in Iowa.

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Health Insurance Company Failure Raises Questions

CoOportunity Health seemed to have a bright future, insuring 120-Thousand residents of Iowa and Nebraska.

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Iowa Farmer Appointed to Environmental Protection Commission

A western Iowa farmer who Governor Terry Branstad has appointed to the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission took questions about water quality from a state senate committee.

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Debate Continues Over Helmet Law

A filibuster against a bill to repeal Nebraska’s motorcycle helmet law will continue this week. Senator Mike Gloor of Grand…

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South Dakota Aging Rapidly

While South Dakota legislators had a long and loud debate over funding schools, roads and healthcare providers in the short term this session, there are long term trends that will need attention too.

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Winds Add to Extreme Fire Danger

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Strong winds will add to the very high fire danger.

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Huron Man Dies in Single Vehicle Accident

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Huron man dies in a single vehicle accident.

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Marijuana Production on the Way for Iowans

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A bill that would legalize the use of marijuana as treatment for certain medical conditions that cause seizures.

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Census Data Says Iowa is Growing

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The U-S Census Bureau released estimates this week showing Iowa's population has increased by two percent since 2010

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Omaha Police Appalled by Senator’s Comments

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The backlash against comments made by Omaha State Senator Ernie Chambers continues.