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Gas Tax Increase Possible In Iowa

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he's open to considering all options that might boost the amount of money available to fix Iowa's roads and bridges.

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Heineman To Try To Finish Strong

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says he plans to finish strong.

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More Holiday Spending Expected

Cash registers will be busy this holiday season, that according to Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss.

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Marijuana Proponents To Hold Summit

Medical marijuana supporters are hosting a legislative summit this weekend in Sioux Falls.

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Highway Funding On Congressional Agenda

For the past several years, Congress has passed a series of short term highway funding bills, without addressing the underlying funding problems.

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Feenstra Prepares For Legislative Session

When Iowa lawmakers return to Des Moines in January for the 2015 legislative session, they will all have some ideas for helping their home areas.

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Noem Has Choices To Make

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she is still considering her choices for committee assignments in the new Congress that convenes in January.

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Hacking Affecting Area Banks

First Dakota National Bank based in Yankton recently replaced a large number of debit cards for customers who had used them at Kmart.

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Will Holiday Sales Increase?

The National Retail Federation is predicting holiday sales will increase four percent this season, but Iowa State University economist David Swenson says he has "mixed views" about whether Iowa retailers will see that much of a gain.

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Deer Harvest Down In Iowa

Last year, hunters in Iowa killed fewer than 100,000 deer for the first time since the mid-1990s.

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Gay Marriage Debate Continues In Nebraska

A federal lawsuit has been filed by seven same-sex couples against the Nebraska definition of marriage.

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High Interest in Medical Marijuana Legislation

Supporters of legalized medical marijuana are meeting in Sioux Falls this weekend for a legislative summit to educate lawmakers and advocates.

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New Proposal to Cap the Tax Levy for Capital Outlay Funds in School Districts

The Ag Land Assessment Task Force has passed a new proposal for the 2015 Legislature to make a decision on that would change capital outlay for school districts.

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Thune in Line for Chairman of the Commerce Committee

South Dakota Senator John Thune plans to pursue a position as the head of the Commerce Committee.

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New Legislature Considering Medicaid Expansion

Many South Dakota lawmakers are still worried about the federal commitment to the expansion of Medicaid.

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Net Neutrality Debate Continues

South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioners, Chris Nelson, discusses the debate over the freedom of the internet for companies.

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Nebraska Senators Concerned with Federal Land Acquisition

Senators Fischer and Johanns have written the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as the Corps of Engineers about acquisition around the Ponca Confluence.

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Electric Rates for Nebraska Public Power to Remain Steady

The electric rates for Nebraska Public Power District customers will remain the same in the coming year.

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Prairie Pothole Region Protection Plan Questioned

A public interest group says a federal program to protect the prairie pothole region has its own potholes.

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Stevens New House Majority Whip

Representative Mike Stevens of Yankton was elected as one of four majority whips by republican House members at their gathering last weekend.

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Weather Trend; Mild – Cold – Mild..

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A couple of mild days will be followed by another cold blast.

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Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman Working to the End

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Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says he isn't worried about his next job.

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Worst of the Cold May Be Over for the Northern Plains

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The weather may change a bit, and the worst of the cold may be behind us.

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SD Legislators Prepare for Major Issues

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The 2015 session of the SD Legislature will have some major issues to debate.

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SD Retailers Optimistic About Holiday Shopping Season

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SD Retailers looking for a good end to their year.