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  • Survey suggests economy still slow in rural areas Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West improved in November, but the monthly survey of bankers doesn't suggest much growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says low grain and energy prices continue to limit the economy in rural areas. Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • Raven Industries posts 3Q profit Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:18 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ Raven Industries Inc. on Thursday reported net income of $6.8 million, or 18 cents per share, in its fiscal third quarter. The company, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, posted revenue of $91.3 million in the period. Raven Industries shares have fallen 39 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Obama picks NTSB member as new auto safety chief Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:08 PM ET

    DETROIT— President Obama is nominating a transportation safety and human fatigue expert to revive the troubled agency charged with keeping the nation's highways safe. Mark Rosekind, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, still must be confirmed by the Senate before he can take over the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • Nebraska landowners hope for pipeline decision Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— While a proposed oil pipeline linking Canadian producers to the U.S. Gulf Coast is still in limbo, Nebraska landowners who signed deals with the company that would build it are free to spend what they received— no matter what happens. Roughly 400 of the 515 Nebraska landowners along the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have signed easement...

  • Winter weather slows harvest across South Dakota Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Snowfall and below-normal temperatures slowed harvesting progress across South Dakota, but producers remained ahead of last year's place for corn and sunflowers. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that corn was 92 percent harvested, ahead of the 87 percent mark last year. Sunflowers were 80 percent harvested, well...

  • US Senate rejects Canada-Texas oil pipeline Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The 59-41 Senate vote was one short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure, and marked a severe blow to embattled Sen. The vote was one of the last acts of this Senate controlled...

  • Keystone XL work already completed in Oklahoma Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    The current debate in Congress is centered on the proposed northern leg, which would run from Hardesty in Alberta, Canada, through Montana and South Dakota to Steele City, Nebraska. The Gulf Coast segment of the project began carrying oil earlier this year from the northern Oklahoma town of Cushing to refineries in the Gulf Coast. "The Gulf Coast segment helps...

  • Trouble already? Obamacare costs to surge in '15 Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 4:58 PM ET
    A woman speaks with a health insurance agent regarding the Affordable Care Act.

    Although consumers will often be able to find new health plans with prices comparable to those they now pay, the situation varies from state to state.

  • Senate to get House bill approving oil pipeline Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week. Should the Senate send the bill to Obama for his signature, he would face a decision that pits some of his environmental concerns about the pipeline, mainly its consequences for global warming, against potentially helping a fellow Democrat making a...

  • Keystone: House sends oil pipeline bill to Senate Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress. The White House said President Barack Obama took a "dim view" of the bill but did not explictly threaten a veto. Landrieu sought to cast herself as an...

  • Gulf of Mexico, but a companion bill in the Senate may lack votes to pass next week. The Senate could take up the bill next week, possibly on Tuesday. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat and chair of the Senate energy panel, led the effort to approve the bill in her chamber, but it appeared on Thursday that she did not yet have enough votes for passage.

  • Oil and politics: A senator scraps for survival Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress. The White House said President Barack Obama took a "dim view" of the bill but did not explictly threaten a veto. Landrieu sought to cast herself as an...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- U.S. Senate Democrats expanded the ranks of their party leadership on Thursday to include Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leader of the party's liberal wing and a possible presidential contender in 2016.. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate in last week's midterm elections, created a new post for Warren as a strategic policy adviser to help...

  • College prices continue to creep up Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Time to stock up on the ramen noodles. The average sticker price, with room and board included, for undergraduate students attending a four-year college or university in their home state was $18,943. Out-of-state students at those schools paid, on average, $32,762.

  • Foxx, South Dakota officials talk transportation Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 7:13 PM ET

    About 42 miles of those mostly derelict tracks from Chamberlain to Presho will soon be restored with the help of a roughly $12 million federal grant. Rehabbing that stretch of railway will open up grain-shipping opportunities for farmers in south-central South Dakota who currently must use trucks to transport their grain to faraway railways.

  • Arctic blast descends on Rockies, Upper Midwest Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 1:10 AM ET

    Residents were digging out from as much as 13 inches of snow Tuesday morning in northern Wisconsin, where several school districts cancelled classes, while some Minnesotans awoke to 15 inches of fresh powder— with more snow expected. Michigan's Upper Peninsula also was buried under at least a foot of snow Tuesday— with another foot or two expected— prompting...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 10- The following are written statements issued in response to President Obama' s comments on Monday pressuring the federal communications regulator to adopt Internet traffic rules that would treat Internet providers more like public utilities. Moreover, if the government were going to make such a momentous decision as regulating the...

  • Snow could reduce corn harvest in Upper Midwest Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    Parts of South Dakota already have received between 4 and 8 inches of snow, while some areas of Minnesota have seen 11 inches. The National Weather Service said Monday it expected at least 4 more inches of snow overnight in an area including South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and upper Michigan. About 10 percent of the corn crop remains to be harvested in Minnesota...

  • Rockies, Upper Midwest get blast of wintry weather Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 1:11 AM ET

    The frigid air was pushed in by a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend, and threatened to bury several states in snow and send temperatures as much as 40 degrees below average. Parts of the Dakotas saw as much 8 inches, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In Minnesota, the National Weather...

  • Missouri River pipeline asks 3 states for funding Sunday, 9 Nov 2014 | 2:06 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Rather than waiting for the U.S. government to come through with funding for a tri-state Missouri River water pipeline, its developers are lobbying Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota— states that will also benefit from the project— for upfront money to keep it progressing. Construction on the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System started in 2003, but...