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  • Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 | 12:12 AM ET

    An indefinite extension of the government's review of the contentious oil pipeline, announced late Friday by the State Department, almost certainly pushes a final decision past the November elections, keeping the project in a politically expedient holding pattern.

  • April 18- The Obama administration said on Friday it would extend the period of time for federal agencies to weigh in on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, giving no new deadline.

  • US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision— but declined to say how much longer.

  • Nebraska jobless inches up to 3.7 percent Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point to hit 3.7 percent in March, but the state's jobless rate remains one of the lowest in the nation, according to a state report released Friday. The 3.7 percent rate in March is two-tenths of a point under the 3.9 percent the state posted in March 2013, the state Department of Labor said.

  • BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board. The federal board this week ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to report their plans by Friday to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments this spring.

  • Overall index up in rural Midwest banker survey Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The overall index for an economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has risen for a second consecutive month, suggesting more growth in the months ahead.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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