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  • Unemployment rates rise in 24 US states in August Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    The Labor Department says unemployment increased in 24 states, fell in 15 and was unchanged in 11. Hiring picked up in 35 states, while it fell in 15.. Georgia's unemployment rate jumped to 8.1 percent from 7.7 percent in July to the highest among all the states. Previously, Nevada, Michigan and Rhode Island have had the highest.

  • Nebraska jobless rate holds steady at 3.6 percent Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 10:10 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate held steady at 3.6 percent in August but registered four-tenths of a point under the rate a year ago, the Nebraska Labor Department said Friday. South Dakota had the nation's lowest rate last month— 2.8 percent— and Nebraska's 3.6 percent was matched by South Dakota and Utah, the U.S. Labor Department said.

  • Survey shows unfilled teaching jobs across SD Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:26 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— More than 20 percent of South Dakota public schools had at least one unfilled teaching position on the first day of school, according to a statewide survey of superintendents released Wednesday.

  • Wells Fargo pays $290,000 in sex harassment case Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:38 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $290,000 to four tellers in Nevada to settle a same-sex sexual harassment case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 15- The cost of the South Dakota portion of TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline has more than doubled to $1.974 billion in the last four years the project has awaited federal approval, the company said in a petition filed with the state Public Utilities Commission on Monday.

  • Keystone XL operator seeks South Dakota approval Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:55 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— The operator of the long-delayed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline on Monday formally asked South Dakota's utility regulators to recertify the portion of the project that runs through the state.

  • CBS signs affiliate deal with Media General Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK— CBS Corp. said Monday that it signed a long-term deal to continue broadcasting its programs on 12 television stations owned by Media General. "We are excited to continue working with Media General to serve millions of viewers throughout the country," said Ray Hopkins, president of CBS Corp.' s television distribution division, in a statement.

  • South Dakota bucks trend of dwindling sales tax Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:01 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— A rise in income inequality appears to be negatively affecting tax revenues in South Dakota and other states, according to a new report from the credit rating agency Standard& Poor's.

  • US accuses British Airways of hazardous shipment Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 5:04 PM ET

    DALLAS— Regulators say that British Airways violated safety rules by shipping an oxygen generator on an American Airlines flight from London to Dallas, and they are seeking to fine BA $195,000. The FAA charged that British Airways failed to declare and label the generator as hazardous and suitable for shipment only on a cargo plane.

  • USDA boosts corn, soybean harvest to new records Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:18 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Record yields will be set in 18 states, the USDA said, and 10 states including Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska, the top three producers, have the highest number of ears per corn stalk ever.

  • State gets $12M for fixing stretch of SD railway Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 11:52 AM ET

    The South Dakota Department of Transportation said Tuesday it has received $12 million in federal funding, which completes the estimated $28 million budget for the project.

  • Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 4:35 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation's most stringent waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto to enact a 72- hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or incest.

  • South Dakota spring wheat harvest behind average Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Spring wheat harvest in South Dakota is lagging behind totals from last year at the time and the five-year average. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that spring wheat harvested was at 88 percent, behind the five-year average and last year's figure of 99 percent.

  • Midwest railcar shortage debate shifts to DC Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    The national Surface Transportation Board held a hearing last week in Fargo, North Dakota, because farmers and some politicians have said increased crude oil and freight shipments from the state's western oil fields are largely the cause of shipping delays across the region that have led to grain to pile up.

  • NAB acquired regional lender Great Western in 2008 for just below $1 billion to get more involved in funding agribusiness in the United States, but the operation lacks the scale of larger competitors in the western states where it operates.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. wheat futures advanced on Tuesday on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine, a major exporter, while new-crop soybeans slipped as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests. Concerns that Ukraine may possibly scale back exports helped fuel gains, said Jerry Gidel, chief feed grain analyst for Rice Dairy in Chicago.

  • *Soy eases after USDA shows 71 pct crop good-to-excellent. CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. corn and soy futures slipped on Tuesday as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests and traders expected more reports of robust crops, while wheat jumped on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine.

  • TORONTO, Aug 15- More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the rails.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 12- Beef Products Inc will reopen a Kansas processing plant on Monday to boost production of "lean finely textured beef," which critics call "pink slime," as wholesale beef prices soar with a shrinking U.S. cattle herd.

  • CHICAGO, July 23- As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool- giant sausage-shaped storage bags- to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc..