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  • SD officials seek to attract medical device makers Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 11:07 AM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.-- South Dakota officials plan to attend an event in Minnesota next week as part of an effort to attract companies that make medical devices.

  • School of Mines cuts ribbon on downtown building Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    RAPID CITY, S.D.-- The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is cutting the ribbon Friday on its new downtown campus building in Rapid City. The 18,000- square-foot building is housing the university's industrial engineering department and a four-room conference center for community use.

  • Native women face patchwork of policies for Plan B Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 6:58 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.-- Months after the federal Indian Health Service said it was finalizing a policy that would make emergency contraception more accessible to American Indian women, advocates say they're still waiting.

  • Networks, AP changing exit poll strategy Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

  • Mont. oil lease sale could mark Bakken expansion Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 11:55 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.-- A Texas company has bought oil and gas leases on almost 75,000 acres in northeast Montana's McCone County in a move that could portend a significant westward expansion of the Bakken oil patch, government officials and a company representative said Wednesday.

  • Sioux Falls braces for crowds at McGovern services Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- South Dakota's largest city is welcoming political figures, family and friends in town to mark the life and career of former Democratic U.S. senator and three-time presidential candidate George McGovern, a legend in state's political history who died Sunday at age 90..

  • Drought holds its grip as growers pivot to wheat Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    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.

  • Bank commits to help build SDSU swine facility Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:41 AM ET

    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.

  • Internet payday lender agrees to W.Va. refunds Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:21 AM ET

    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.

  • ABC News wants 'pink slime' lawsuit in fed court Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 6:47 PM ET

    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."

  • Some laid-off Aberdeen workers called back Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:36 AM ET

    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.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Abortion and birth control Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 12:57 AM ET

    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.

  • South Dakota cattle on feed down from a year ago Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 12:35 AM ET

    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.

  • SD milk production up in third quarter from 2011 Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 4:01 PM ET

    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.

  • Unemployment rates in US states, at a glance Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:38 PM ET
  • Economic index jumps for Midwest, Western states Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:29 AM ET

    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.

  • Report: Nebraska wind power would boost economy Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    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.

  • Alabama voters to decide union organizing issue Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 2:53 PM ET

    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.

  • Drought stable in ND but worsens again in SD Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:11 AM ET

    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.