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Main Run of Legislative Session Finished This Week

South Dakota legislators are facing a long day as they attempt to wrap up the main run of the 2015 session.

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Ag Land Prices Fading

The prices that farmers are receiving for commodities this year are much lower than recent history, and that is having an effect on the area’s land prices.

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Bill to Roll Back Ag Land Values Stalls in Committee

A bill that would have rolled back ag land valuations in Nebraska to sixty five percent from the current seventy five percent was killed in the Revenue Committee this week.

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Human Trafficking Bill Hung Up

A bill cracking down on human trafficking is now tied up in partisan bickering in Washington.

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Butterfly Population Lower

Several groups across Iowa are working together to address the declining population of monarch butterflies.

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Mentally Ill the Topic of Senate Debate in Iowa

Senators this week had an often bitter debate over the future of care for Iowans with acute mental illnesses.

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Violence in Middle East Threatens Faith Community

A Nebraska Congressman worries that violence in the Middle East threatens the existence of an ancient faith community.

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Teacher Mentors Critical to Students Entering Profession

A guiding hand early in a teacher’s career can be critical to keeping people in the profession.

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Transgender Policy Bill Debated Again

A bill that would have voided the transgender policy of the South Dakota High School Activities Association was debated in the state Senate again yesterday.

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Republican Senators Sign Open Letter to Iran

Republican Senators who signed an open letter to Iranian leaders warning them that any nuclear deal signed with the Obama Administration could be changed are defending that move.

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Iowa Schools to Decide When to Start

The Iowa Senate has voted to let local school officials decide when the fall semester may begin.

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Des Moines Water Works to Sue Iowa Counties

The Des Moines Water Works Board voted to proceed with a lawsuit against three northwest Iowa counties.

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Nebraska Congressman Voted Against Homeland Security Funding Bill

Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith isn't happy with the action taken to fund Homeland Security without any concession from President Obama on immigration.

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Late Start for Severe Weather

Another quiet start to the severe weather season.

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Medicaid Expansion Talks in South Dakota Continue

Medicaid expansion is still under discussion among South Dakota legislators.

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Yankton Businesses Go to Boot Camp

Several Yankton businesses learned how to become destinations.

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Missing/Endangered Person

John E. Tinker (52) is 5 Feet 8 Inches tall, 258 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes and  last seen…

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Lawmakers Receive Official Revenue Numbers

South Dakota lawmakers got the official revenue numbers yesterday as they work through the final full week of the 2015 session.

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Water Bill Helps Lewis And Clark Water System

A water bill approved by the South Dakota Legislature will help the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System get more pipes in the ground.

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Local Sales Tax Bill Fails

The House State Affairs Committee of the South Dakota legislature killed a bill last week that would have let cities add a fourth penny sales tax for special projects.

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Marijuana Production on the Way for Iowans

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A bill that would legalize the use of marijuana as treatment for certain medical conditions that cause seizures.

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Census Data Says Iowa is Growing

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The U-S Census Bureau released estimates this week showing Iowa's population has increased by two percent since 2010

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Omaha Police Appalled by Senator’s Comments

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The backlash against comments made by Omaha State Senator Ernie Chambers continues.

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Nebraska Senator Under Fire for Comments Against Police

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A state senator called on Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha to clarify his controversial statements about the police.

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Chemical Warfare Meeting for Veterans in Pierre

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Veterans and the public will have the chance to learn about the damage chemical warfare has on those who serve in the armed forces.