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  • Rail companies to report fertilizer delivery plans Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:49 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— A federal oversight board told Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway that they have until Friday to report their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments for spring planting of U.S. crops.

  • Spring wheat, barley seeding behind average in SD Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Planting of spring wheat and barley is lagging behind the average pace in South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that 6 percent of the state's spring wheat crop is in the ground, compared to 22 percent on average. Most South Dakota ranchers reported good calving conditions over the week.

  • Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    NELIGH, Neb.— Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project's path. It is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

  • Beef prices climb to highest in 25 years Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 11:17 AM ET

    The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season.

  • Beef prices reach highest level since 1987 Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    Patrons at one market in Lubbock seemed resigned to the high prices, but not happy. "I quit buying steaks a while ago when the price went up," said 59- year-old Lubbock resident Len Markham, who works at Texas Tech. She says she limits red meat purchases to hamburger, opting for chicken, pork and fish instead.

  • SD Lottery expects less income this year than last Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 2:11 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— The South Dakota Lottery is anticipating a slight decrease in revenue this year. Lottery officials estimate $105.7 million in revenue for the fiscal year ending in June 2014. The South Dakota Lottery Commission discussed the figures at a meeting Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- U.S. lawmakers investigating General Motors' slow recall of 2.6 million cars are zeroing in on engineers and others who may have been aware of problems with ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.

  • Farmers begin planting spring wheat in SD Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Seeding of spring wheat has begun in South Dakota, but farmers in most areas of the state have not yet started spring planting. The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop and weather report that there were nearly six days suitable for fieldwork over the past week.

  • Republicans block US Senate bill on gender pay gap Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 2:56 AM ET

    Wednesday's vote was 53-44 to halt GOP tactics aimed at derailing the legislation, but that fell six short of the 60 Democrats needed to prevail. The outcome on the Senate floor was not a surprise, but Democrats were playing to a wider audience. Barbara Mikulski, D- Md., stood up after the vote and said supporters were disappointed but that they would fight on.

  • Conservationists claim victory on new farm bill Saturday, 5 Apr 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    From his vantage point on a wide expanse of South Dakota prairie, rancher Jim Faulstich hopes the legislation spurs more farmers to protect the natural resources on their land. Faulstich and his son-in-law manage about 8,000 acres near Highmore in central South Dakota, most of it restored and native grasslands on which they graze cows.

  • Dakota State to offer cyber security doctorate Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 4:05 PM ET

    MADISON, S.D.— Dakota State University in Madison is reinforcing its specialty in cyber security by offering a new doctoral degree this fall. Campus officials expect that many of Dakota State's undergraduate and graduate students in computer science and information assurance will be interested in the new degree program.

  • Top toxic sites in Anadarko Petroleum settlement Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    Kerr-McGee left abandoned uranium mine sites, including contaminated waste rock piles, in the Lukachukai mountains of Arizona and in the Ambrosia Lake area of New Mexico. The Lukachukai mountains are located immediately west of Cove, Ariz., and are a culturally significant part of the Navajo Nation; the Ambrosia Lake area is just outside the Navajo Nation.

  • Fire fight: Lawmakers push EPA to ax stove rules Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Wood-burning stoves have ignited a debate between the Obama administration and South Dakota lawmakers who oppose new regulations that would require more efficiency from an iconic feature of many rural homes. The EPA estimates that as much as 13 percent of all soot pollution in the U.S. is a result of inefficient wood-fired stoves and boilers.

  • Wyoming had lowest state-local tax burden in 2011 Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 6:43 AM ET

    The report released by the Tax Foundation shows that taxpayers in Wyoming paid 6.9 percent of their collective incomes in state and local taxes in 2011.. Wyoming overtook Alaska, which had been the least-taxed for multiple decades. After Wyoming and Alaska, the next lowest-taxed states were South Dakota, Texas, and Louisiana.

  • Judge Cheryle Gering of the Union County Circuit Court ruled on Thursday that Beef Products Inc may pursue most of its case against ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co, and others including news anchor Diane Sawyer and reporter Jim Avila.

  • March 27- A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

  • March 27- A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

  • Rippe saw TransCanada Corp- the company that hopes to build the 1,200- mile Keystone XL segment as part of a network of pipelines that move oil from Canada to refineries on Texas's Gulf Coast- lay another section of the Keystone line nearby four years ago.

  • Rippe saw TransCanada Corp- the company that hopes to build the 1,200- mile Keystone XL segment as part of a network of pipelines that move oil from Canada to refineries on Texas's Gulf Coast- lay another section of the Keystone line nearby four years ago.

  • HOUSTON, March 4- The controversial Keystone XL pipeline will receive President Obama' s blessing and be built to transport crude oil from Canada to Texas, TransCanada Corp Chief Executive Russ Girling predicted on Tuesday.

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