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Abortion Restrictions Advance

The South Dakota House Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill to further restrict abortions in the state.

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Water Basin Bill Advances

A bill that would change South Dakota’s current water district structure to one aligned with watershed basins has advanced to the floor of the Senate.

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County Site Analysis Approved

The Yankton County Commission approved a resolution that will lead to a county site analysis.

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Checkoff For Wildlife On Iowa Tax Forms

As Iowans fill out their state income tax forms this year, they can help to support Iowa’s wild creatures by donating to the Fish and Wildlife Fund.

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Branstad Not Ready To Support Higher Speed Limit

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he's not ready to take a stand on raising the speed limit to 75 miles-an-hour on rural interstate highways.

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Gale Supports Voter ID Bill

Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale backs a bill working its way through the legislature that would require voters to display a photo ID to cast a ballot.

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Effort To Help Counties With Ag Expansion Requests

An effort is being made in the Nebraska legislature to help county officials better evaluate the agricultural expansion permits that come before them.

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Bill to Set River Basin Districts Survives Committee

A bill that would set up nine river basin districts in South Dakota survived a hoghouse attempt in the Senate Ag & Natural Resources Committee today

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Feedlot Workshops To Be Held In Iowa

Beef producers in Iowa will have a chance to learn about the pros and cons to each type of feeding facility.

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Ducks Unlimited to Support Conservation Programs

Ducks Unlimited has pledged $9 million to conservation efforts in South Dakota.

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Rounds: Tax Reform Will Be Difficult

When republicans won control of the US Senate in last November’s election, they said one of their priority issues would be tax reform.

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Second Half Of Legislative Session Begins

South Dakota legislators are returning to Pierre for the second half of this year’s legislative session, with lots of bills still waiting action.

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Voter ID Bill Vote Ahead

A bill that would mandate the use of an official i.d. to vote in Nebraska is on the agenda this week for the Unicameral.

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Legislators Return To Pierre

South Dakota lawmakers are back in Pierre today after a four day break for Presidents Day.

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Gas Tax Votes Loom

Legislation that would raise the state gas tax in Iowa will be up for votes in committees in both the House and Senate this week and Governor Terry Branstad is working behind the scenes to round up votes.

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Scam Targets Utility Customers

One of the largest utility providers in the region is warning customers about a phone scam.

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Senator Threatens To Hold Up Legislation

Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha, who has tied up legislative debate already this year, warns fellow lawmakers he's not done killing legislation.

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Nebraska Corn Board and FFA Partnering for Ag Champions Contest

In an effort to increase agricultural advocacy, the Nebraska Corn Board and the FFA chapters around the state will be competing for funds for a program designed to educate the community.

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South Dakota 4-Hers Represent State in Denver

The Western National Round-up in Denver gave South Dakota youth the chance to test their skills.

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Legislative Deadlines Approaching

South Dakota lawmakers, on their four day Presidents Day break, are just past the halfway point of the 2015 session.

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Growth Seen In Economic Index

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The Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index for February, a leading economic indicator for a nine-state region stretching from North Dakota to Arkansas, increased from January’s reading.

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Iowa Legislators Move to Budget And Education Issues

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With the debate over increasing the gas tax out of the way, Iowa legislators now can focus on the budget, and settling on education funding.

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Rounds Still Hopes For Pipeline

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South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says he hopes the Congressional setback for the Keystone XL pipeline project doesn’t end up killing it.

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Higher Property Tax Revenue Expected In Nebraska

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A report from the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board shows that taxes for the current fiscal year will be more than sixty two million dollars higher than expected.

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State Education Spending Debate Continues

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State aid to education is a big issue for the South Dakota legislature.