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  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Many Republicans are wary of a large federal effort to protect the greater sage grouse— but not the Republican governor of Wyoming, the state with the biggest share of the birds and more energy development in their habitat than any other. Aware that the greater sage grouse sooner or later would face listing as a federally protected endangered or...

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— A disgruntled contract employee who had been working at Xcel Energy's Monticello nuclear power plant harassed and threatened union officials before police discovered he had a carload of explosive materials and ammunition, prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint. Robert James Johnson, 58, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was charged in Ramsey...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell revealed plans Thursday to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species. Sage grouse are chicken-sized birds that inhabit grass and sagebrush ecosystems in 11 states from...

  • BNSF, power plant owner settle long-running rate dispute Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— Lincoln Electric System and other owners of a Wyoming power plant have settled their long-running rates dispute with BNSF Railway over what the railroad charged for delivering coal to the plant, which serves consumers in Nebraska and several other states. The settlement terms weren't released, but officials said Lincoln Electric System, which...

  • MANDAN, N.D.— A Texas company that already has obtained shipping commitments from oil companies to build a 1,100- mile pipeline from western North Dakota to Illinois is having a tougher time getting permission from North Dakota landowners. Chuck Frey, vice president of engineering for Dallas- based Energy Transfer Partners LP, told the state's Public Service...

  • U.S. state April income tax revenue returns to growth Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:35 PM ET

    May 27- U.S. state personal income taxes rebounded in the key revenue month of April, partly due to 2014' s strong stock market, after dropping a year ago, but collections have not fully stabilized since big increases in 2013.. Brian Sigritz, director of state fiscal studies at the National Association of State Budget Officers, said income tax revenue, boosted in part...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • About 14,000 South Dakota residents have individual insurance plans that are compliant with the ACA through the company, which makes up about 4 percent of its total members in the state. In South Dakota and Iowa, Wellmark has so far decided not to join the federal health care exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act, but still allows members who do not receive...

  • Paul commandeers Senate to protest Patriot Act Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver an hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post- Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans' privacy. "There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and...

  • NEW LONDON, Conn.— President Barack Obama has argued for action on climate change as a matter of health, environmental protection and international obligation. Those who deny global warming are putting at risk the United States and the military sworn to defend it, he told cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. "Make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends...

  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Congress should not hastily act on repealing country-of-origin meat labeling in the wake of a World Trade Organization ruling against the labels, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association President Bob Fortune said. Some groups including the North Dakota Stockmen's Association are now calling for Congress to repeal the law, saying they fear...

  • Raven Industries posts 1Q profit Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 8:13 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ Raven Industries Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $4.9 million. Raven Industries shares have fallen 18 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Raven Industries, Earnings Report.

  • *Nebraska becomes 16th U.S. state affected by avian flu. May 12- The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed a flock of 1.7 million chickens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, Nebraska has joined a long list of states currently dealing with highly...

  • May 11- A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain found in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana is concerning to them also. It was also found in captive...

  • UPDATE 1-USDA finds H5N8 bird flu strain in Indiana Monday, 11 May 2015 | 1:59 PM ET

    May 11- A strain of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu that had recently been found only in the Western United States has been confirmed in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain in Indiana is the same one that had been previously confirmed in the Pacific flyway, specifically in commercial chicken and...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. The egg farm's owner, Rembrandt Foods, one of the top U.S. egg producers, confirmed the outbreak but disputed the number of birds affected.

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. Avian flu was "probable" at four other commercial farms in Buena Vista, Sioux and Clay counties, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- An Iowa-based chicken broiler breeding farm has initially tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed on Thursday. The facility in Kossuth County, Iowa, houses an estimated 19,000 birds, state officials said. The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa,...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 29- Saudi Arabia, the world's second-largest importer of chicken broiler meat, has banned imports of poultry meat and egg products from the Canadian province of Ontario due to the presence of avian influenza on three Ontario farms. This strain has also been reported this year in the United States in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...