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Omaha Tribe Approves Steps Toward Legalizing Marijuana

Omaha Tribal members voted in three referendums earlier this month that would give the Tribal Council authority to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes on their reservation in northeast Nebraska.

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First Flu Deaths Reported in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports two people have died from the flu.

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Iowa Moving to Managed Medicaid

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says some health care providers are trying to scare the public about the state's transition to a privately managed Medicaid system.

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Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer; Suspend Syrian Refugee Program

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer says the Syrian refugee program should be suspended while the U.S. reviews its procedures.

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Blue Ribbon Taxes Tough to Pass

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education is backing a plan to raise the state sales tax to increase teacher pay by seventy five million dollars.

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Back to Normal May Feel Chilly

While much of the region has been enjoying a mild fall, a return to normal may be a bit of a shock.

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Iowa School Officials Meet

About 12-hundred school board members and superintendents from across Iowa will be attending the Iowa Association of School Boards state convention this week.

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A Change in Style for Nebraska Department of Corrections

Nebraska Corrections Director Scott Frakes defends his strategic plan against criticism from legislators.

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Gas Prices Continue Downward Slide

Gas prices dropped a few pennies a gallon in the last week.


Nebraska Senators Cautioned on Medical Marijuana

An undercover drug investigator from Colorado warns Nebraska lawmakers to be careful when considering legislation to legalize medical marijuana.

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No New Oil & Gas Leases in SD

When the South Dakota Office of Schools and Public Lands opened up the annual leasing auction for oil and gas rights last month, there were no bidders.

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NPPD Holding Electric Rates Steady Again

Retail electric customers of Nebraska Public Power District received good news last week. There will be no overall retail rate increase for residential and business customers of the District


Less Competition Leads to Higher Insurance Rates in SD

When Dakotacare announced in September that they would not offer insurance policies through the healthcare exchange, that meant there would be only two companies offering coverage; Avera Health and Sanford.

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SD Tourism Planning Ahead for 2016

With this year being very successful for the South Dakota Department of Tourism, they are already setting targets and goals for next year.

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Waterfowl Migration Waiting on Cold Weather

We aren’t the only ones enjoying the mild late fall weather. Most of the region has not yet seen much in the way of southbound ducks and geese.


Helping Older South Dakotans Connect

A grant could help older South Dakotans figure out the internet.

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New Representative Appointed in SD House District 9

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard announced that he will appoint Wayne Steinhauer of Hartford to the vacant seat in the state House representing District 9.

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Holiday Spending Guess

The holiday shopping season is here and retailers are wasting no time getting you through their doors.


Recruiting Vets to Iowa

The executive director of the state's "Home Base Iowa" initiative is planning to attend job fairs on nearly a dozen military bases over the next few months to encourage retiring soldiers to move to Iowa.

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Mumps Problem at the University of Iowa

University of Iowa students streamed through the Memorial Union this week to receive another round of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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Falling Revenues an Issue for the 2016 Iowa Legislature

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Revenues for the State of Iowa have fallen below estimates for the last several months, and could lead to a budget crunch for the 2016 legislature.

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SD MRC Rail Line On Schedule


Reconstruction continues on the Mitchell – Rapid City rail line west of Chamberlain.

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Online Help Scam


Iowans may be sitting down to a turkey dinner , but don't be surprised if, even today, the phone rings and it's someone offering to help you and your "ailing" computer.

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Avoid Sharing the Flu

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If you've been sick and get up ready to head out to a family Thanksgiving celebration, you might want to think about staying home.

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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts; Change Refugee Policy


Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is sticking with his call for the country to halt any acceptance of Syrian refugees until the process can be completely vetted.