Top News & Analysis South Dakota

  • Why South Dakota is Top State for Business

    The cost of doing business was one of the key reasons the Mount Rushmore State captured the top ranking as the best state for business, reports CNBC's Scott Cohn.

  • America's Top State for Business: South Dakota

    CNBC's annual "America's Top States for Business" study found South Dakota to be number 1. CNBC's Scott Cohn, reports South Dakota has one of the lowest tax burdens in the country.

  • Traffic in Hawaii.

    Life's not always a beach in Hawaii: The Aloha State is ranked as America's Worst State for Business in America 2013.

  • America's Top State for Business: South Dakota

    CNBC's Scott Cohn announces the winner of this year's "America's Top States for Business"; and speaks with South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R), about the cost of doing business in his state.

  • An engineer and electrician working in Cambridge, Mass., May 23, 2013

    More than a couple of states can make a case for most-improved status in the areas of Economy, Infrastructure, Workforce and Business Friendliness.

  • South Dakota soars to the top spot in CNBC's annual survey of the Top States for Business. What other surprises are in store?

  • South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard

    In South Dakota, individuals and companies pay no income tax, no business inventory tax, no personal property tax and no inheritance tax, Gov. Dennis Daugaard says.

  • A welder builds parts for finished petroleum tanks at Southern Tank and Manufacturing in Owensboro, Kentucky.

    Which are the top states for the creation manufacturing jobs? Here's the countdown.

  • An Alpha Oil & Gas crew building a 10-inch gas pipeline near Watford City, N.D.

    When we launched Top States for Business in 2007, North Dakota was nowhere on the list. Now it's growth and employment numbers are the envy of the nation.

  • CNBC has been ranking all 50 states for competitiveness since 2007. This year's report comes as states continue to get back in fighting shape—fighting for jobs, that is.

  • CNBC scores all U.S. states on 55 measures of competitiveness and 10 categories, from the cost of doing business to technology and innovation.

  • A New York Federal Reserve report suggests that college grads swamped by debt may be victims of forces greater than their willingness to pay.

  • Homeowners who took on mortgages well after the housing bubble burst are doing a better job in keeping up with payments, a trend that has helped push the national rate of late payments on home loans to the lowest level in four years.

  • *Nebraska, Colorado among states with badly depleted soil moisture. *Driest summer on record for Nebraska, preliminary data says. Indeed, Nebraska recorded the driest June, July and August on record and the third-driest September ever, according to preliminary data from the National Climatic Data Center.

  • WAYZATA, Minn.-- Shares of TCF Financial Corp. rose Friday after the regional bank said its third-quarter net income tumbled 71 percent, hurt by hefty charges, but still managed to beat Wall Street predictions. Wayzata, Minn.- based bank posted a profit attributable to common shareholders of $9.3 million, or 6 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.

  • RAPID CITY, S.D.-- A Texas- based pipe maker has started construction on a manufacturing plant in Rapid City, South Dakota. WL Plastics Director Mike Dahl says the South Dakota plant will help supply North Dakota's oil industry. WL Plastics also has facilities in Texas, Kentucky, Utah, Wyoming and the Canadian province of Alberta, Canada.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.