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South Dakota Minimum Wage To Rise In January

The minimum wage will rise to eight-50 an hour in South Dakota starting January first.

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GOP Promising Changes In Senate

When republicans take control of the US Senate in January, they are promising change.

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Some Warmer Weather On The Way

With snow and cold over most of the northern plains now, that leads to worries of a long, cold winter.

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Property Tax System Being Studied

A legislative task force that monitors the evolving property tax system in South Dakota will meet again tomorrow (Tuesday) in Pierre.

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Home Fires On The Rise

The recent drop in temperatures has led to an increase in home fires across Iowa.

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Fewer Iowa Law Students Passing Bar

The passage rate for Iowans taking the Bar Exam fell 11-percent when compared to the previous year.

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New Nebraska AG To Defend Marriage Law

Nebraska Attorney General-elect Doug Peterson says he will defend Nebraska's definition of marriage.

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EPA Extends Comment Period For Clean Air Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the deadline for comments on its clean air policy to mid-December.

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Pipeline Bill Passage Uncertain In Senate

It now appears that members of the US Senate and House will vote on the Keystone XL pipeline next week.

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Snow Slows Minnesota Harvest

Farmers in Central Minnesota had less-than-pleasant surprise when winter arrived early, dumping several inches of snow in many areas.

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Hospital Association Says Medicaid Expansion Is Good

A spokesperson for the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) says new data shows the expansion of the state's Medicaid program is benefiting both hospitals and patients in the state.


Nebraska Petition Law May Be Changed

Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale expects the Unicameral to consider changes to the state initiative petition process in light of a federal judge's ruling.


Nebraska Expected To Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman expects the state to defend its definition of marriage.


Bollen Should Not Have Signed Contracts

The Executive Director of the South Dakota Board of Regents says the man at the center of the EB-5 visa controversy was not authorized to sign the contracts he did, and did not disclose his conflicts of interest.

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Parties Meet Ahead Of Iowa Legislative Session

Members of both parties in the Iowa legislature have been meeting in preparation for the 2015 session beginning in January.


Meeting Studies Raw Milk Rules

South Dakota Ag Secretary Lucas Lentsch gave a presentation to the legislatures Government Operations and Audit Committee meeting in Pierre on the progress toward new rules for the sale and consumption of raw milk.

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Lame Duck Congress Has Work To Do

The US House is back in Washington this week in the lame duck session following this month’s election.

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ACA Signup Set To Resume

The open enrollment period for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act begins again this Saturday.


Sales Tax For Teachers Proposed

Several education groups in South Dakota have proposed a part year sales tax increase with the money being funneled to raises for teachers.


Stable Propane Prices Expected

The Minnesota Propane Association is not expecting a big uptick in prices this heating season after last winter's major spike.

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Water Management Policy is the Focus in Pierre Today

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The Regional Watershed Advisory Task Force of the South Dakota legislature is meeting to discuss water management policy.

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Prison Delays May Cause Legal Action

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Iowa’s top prison official says legal action is likely against the designers blamed for months of delays in opening a new state prison.

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Officials Say Power Transmission Line Would be Good For Nebraska

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Officials say the high-voltage electrical transmission line that's proposed to cut through 220 miles of Nebraska's Sand Hills region is designed to have a positive impact on the entire state's power infrastructure.

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Ricketts To Offer Fresh Perspective On Corrections


Governor-elect Pete Ricketts promises to bring a fresh perspective to the prison problem in Nebraska.

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Rail Board Busy

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With one major rail construction project on the board and several more possibilities, the South Dakota State Rail Board has become quite active.