ST. LOUIS-- The worst U.S. drought in decades is showing little signs of easing as farmers close out their corn harvests and pivot toward growing winter wheat that's now struggling in the dry conditions. Drought Monitor update released Thursday shows that more than roughly 62 percent of the land in the lower 48 states is experiencing some degree of drought.
PIERRE, S.D.-- South Dakota State University is getting its first commitments from donors to help build a proposed $7 million facility that will be used for teaching and research about hogs. The SDSU Foundation says First Bank and Trust, which operates in eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota, has committed $250,000 to the project.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- An Internet payday lender has agreed to stop making such loans in West Virginia. Attorney General Darrell McGraw's office says Payday Financial LLC and its owner, Martin A. Webb, also agreed prior to a contempt hearing this month in Kanawha County Circuit Court to refund $135,000 in fees to 120 West Virginia consumers and pay $5,000 to the state.
Oct 24- ABC News sought on Wednesday to move to federal court a meat processor's defamation lawsuit over reports about lean finely textured beef, a product that critics have labeled ``pink slime.''. ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co, said previously the lawsuit was without merit.
NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D.-- Lawyers for ABC News are asking to have a defamation lawsuit against the company filed by a South Dakota beef processing plant transferred from circuit court to federal court. Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News Inc. for defamation over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime."
ABERDEEN, S.D.-- A wind turbine blade manufacturer in Aberdeen has called back 15 of the 92 employees who were laid off last month, after receiving new orders. Molded Fiber Glass has received orders from the General Electric Co. for the 40- meter blade that it normally makes and also for a new, larger blade, Plant Manager Dave Giovannini told the American News.
Wade _ the Supreme Court ruling establishing abortion rights _ should be reversed, which would allow states to ban abortion. That's hyperbole, retorts the GOP, but there are indeed stark differences between the two parties over these volatile issues.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more head had 195,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market as of Oct. 1. The Agriculture Department says the inventory is down 10,000 head over the year but up 10,000 head over the month.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota milk production from July through September was up 6 percent from the same period last year. The USDA says milk production for the third quarter totaled 487 million pounds. That's down from 1 percent from the second quarter total of 494 million pounds.
OMAHA, Neb.-- An index of economic conditions in 10 Midwest and Western states jumped this month after three months of drought-induced doldrums. "Our survey indicates that the negative impacts of the drought are being more than offset by the positives of very strong incomes from high agriculture and energy prices," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss.
LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska is trailing its neighbors in wind-energy development and missing an opportunity to add jobs to the state economy while producing a cleaner form of energy, according to a report released Thursday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Amendment 7 on Alabama's ballot looks like a simple measure to preserve the right to a secret ballot. Kurt Wallace of Maplesville, said he wants to stop union organizers from harassing employees who won't sign a card. Al Henley, president of the Alabama AFL-CIO, says there is harassment, but it's from the other side.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- Drought conditions are stable in North Dakota over the week, but they have worsened again in South Dakota. Drought Monitor map shows that 57 percent of South Dakota is now in the two worst categories of drought, extreme and exceptional.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-- North Dakota- based Titan Machinery Inc. says it's buying three CaseIH agriculture equipment dealerships in Nebraska. Titan, of West Fargo, N.D., says it is acquiring Toner's Inc., which operates Toner's in Grand Island, Red Line Equipment in Broken Bow and Ord Equipment in Ord.
BUCYRUS, N.D.-- A tiny southwestern North Dakota town has been all but destroyed by a wind-fueled wildfire that displaced its 27 residents, prompting an outpouring of assistance from surrounding communities, officials said Thursday. The chairman of the County Commission said the fire razed four homes in the town about 60 miles south of Dickinson.
PIERRE, S.D.-- The South Dakota Agriculture Department reports that harmful bacteria have been found in a sampling of unpasteurized milk from Black Hills Milk in Belle Fourche. The raw milk is sold at a Spearfish retail outlet, the Black Hills Farmers Market at Founder's Park in Rapid City, and at other Black Hills locations.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- South Dakota's row crop harvest advanced substantially again last week, with nearly all the soybeans harvested. The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that 98 percent of the soybean crop was harvested, up from last year's pace and well ahead of the five-year average.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- To all the girls and boys, makin' all that noise: Alice Cooper has found you some new toys. The heavy metal icon was in South Dakota on Wednesday to help kick-off a 6,000- square-foot rock `n' roll academy for local Boys& Girls Club members.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- Nearly one-third of South Dakota is now in the grips of exceptional drought, up from a little more than one-fourth of the state last week. Drought Monitor map shows that all of South Dakota and North Dakota remain in some category of drought. Exceptional drought, the worst, and extreme drought cover most of the southern half of South Dakota.