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Jackley Elected To National Post

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has been elected President of the National Association of Attorneys General.

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Water System Receiving State Funds

The Minnesota Legislature has advanced about forty million dollars over the last two years to the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System to help move construction along.

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Broadband Bill Signed into Law for Iowa

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad traveled to an ag equipment dealership in Perry to sign the "Connect Every Acre high-speed broadband bill" into law.

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Nebraska Unemployment Still Nation’s Lowest

Though the unemployment rate in Nebraska might have ticked up a bit, it remains the lowest in the country.

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Death Penalty Ballot Petitions Meet Opposition

Even as petitioners fan out across Nebraska seeking signatures to get the death penalty on the November ballot next year, opponents will be trying to persuade people NOT to sign.

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Interest Rate Hike Would Have Local Impact

The Federal Reserve made no change to the prime interest rate at their meeting last week, but signaled there may be a move sometime this fall.

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City Commission Approves Strategic Planning Process

The Yankton City Commission has approved a strategic planning process that will use an outside facilitator.

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Housing Development Construction Underway

Land work is underway on a new housing development on the west city limits of Yankton.

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Senate Trade Authority Vote Coming

The US Senate may take up the Trade Promotion Authority bill this week.

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Iowa Requests Federal Disaster Assistance for Avian Flu

Governor Terry Branstad has requested a presidential disaster declaration for four counties hit by the avian flu.

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Missouri River Levels Up

Heavy rains this spring have raised water levels on the Missouri River, but the Corps of Engineers says it's nothing it can't handle.

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Iowa University Funding Hinged on Governor

University of Northern Iowa President William Ruud says the effort to freeze tuition at the three state universities for a third consecutive year will likely hinge on Governor Terry Branstad's decision on state funding for the schools.

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Tecumseh Prison Riot Still Under Investigation

The Tecumseh state prison remains in near lockdown about a month after a deadly riot there.

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Yankton City Commission To Consider Strategic Planning Process

The Yankton City Commission will consider a proposal to begin a strategic planning process.

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Task Force Wrapping Up Meetings

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education holds their final two meetings of the first round this week.

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TID Proposed For Napa Rail Junction

The Yankton County Commission has approved a tax increment district that may help lay the groundwork for business development around the Napa rail junction near Utica.

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Changes Proposed To National Weather Service

South Dakota Senator John Thune has proposed a bill that would make changes to the structure and operations of the National Weather Service.

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Ballot Question Language Acceptable

Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Trandahl has ruled that the Attorney Generals explanation for the initiated measure on maximum finance charges is acceptable.

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Cool And Wet Weather In Our Future

New long range forecasts out this week look like a cool, wet pattern will continue much of the summer over the north central US.

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Trade Bill Passes House

The US House has now passed the controversial Trade Promotion Authority, and sent it to the Senate.

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Drunk Boating Monitored

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Law enforcement officers were scattered around Iowa last weekend monitoring lakes and rivers for drunk boaters as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign.

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Less Bacteria, More Algae in Iowa Lakes

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Sunny days with less rainfall have helped clear up some of the bacteria problems in the water at Iowa park beaches.

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Iowa Governor Vetoes School Spending

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has been hinting for weeks that he was unhappy with the legislature's bipartisan compromise on education funding.

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Caution Needed With Fireworks Displays

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Everyone loves a backyard fireworks display or attending a big show on the 4th of July.

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OSHA Investigating Nebraska Explosion

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The U-S Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation into Wednesday's explosion at Sapp Bros. in West Point, Nebraska.