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Local News

October 21, 2014
Vermillion City Council Approves Liquor Store Management Agreement, Fatal Yankton County Crash
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October 20, 2014
Sam Heikes Wins National Award, Ebola Scams, Initiative #18 Community Forum
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October 20, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 18, 2014
Nebraska E85 Production, Clay-Union Foundation, Habitat For Humanity Of Yankton County
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October 17, 2014
Yankton County Community Emergency Management Team, Couples Challenge South Dakota's Gay Marriage Ban, South Dakota Pheasant Opener
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October 17, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 16, 2014
Senator Thune Calls For Travel Ban, Governor Daugaard's Chief Of Staff Resigns, Thomas Rokahr Benefit, United States Congressional Candidate Meet And Greet
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October 16, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 15, 2014
District 17 Legislative Candidate Forum
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October 15, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 14, 2014
Yankton School Resource Officer Approved, Nebraska District 40 Debate, Yankton Tree Trimming
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October 13, 2014
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Visits Vermillion High School, University of South Dakota Kicks Off Onward Campaign
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October 13, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 11, 2014
2014 Women's Health Forum, Health Insurance Marketplace
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October 10, 2014
Vermillion Municipal Pool Committee Open Houses, Internships In The South Dakota Governor's Office
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October 10, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 9, 2014
South Dakota Democratic Party Attorney on Mike Rounds, Yankton County Prepared for Ebola, Lesterville Water Ban Lifted, Dakota Days Thursday Events
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October 8, 2014
Yankton County Commission Meeting - Yankton County Preservation Ordinance & Public Service Champion Award, Lesterville Water Ban, South Dakota Influenza Cases, Harrisburg Bond Vote
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October 7, 2014
Lesterville Water Ban, Mountain Lion Shot in Knox County, Yankton County Commission Meeting Preview
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October 6, 2014
100th Dakota Days, Update on Emery Grain Hauling Facility, Welcome Home Ceremony for 1742nd
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October 4, 2014
Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club Train Show, Elected Officials Encourage Young People To Apply For Service Academies
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October 3, 2014
Vermillion High School Theater Department Double Feature, Yankton Community Forum on Public Education
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October 2, 2014
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman announces Nebraska Manufacturing Month, Vermillion's Bliss Pointe Ribbon Cutting, Technical Institutes Receive Grants
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October 1, 2014
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman Presents 2014 "Be Prepared" Awards, South Dakota Gas Prices, Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
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September 30, 2014
John E. Nelson named Nebraska Lieutenant Governor, Mount Marty College designated as military friendly
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September 29, 2014
Sandi Parish art exhibit at Bede Art Gallery at Mount Marty College, Beresford VFW Auxiliary fundraiser, 1742nd returns to United States
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September 27, 2014
Enterovirus prevention, Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club 12th annual train show
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September 26, 2014
South Dakota Manufacturing Week in Yankton, Enterovirus, EB-5 controversy
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September 26, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

September 25, 2014
Greening Vermillion Earth Day Planning Committee, ACLU files complaint against Yankton Taco John's, Government Operations and Audit Committee seeks EB-5 answers
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September 25, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

September 24, 2014
Senator Thune makes a stop in Yankton, Jury in murder trial returns verdict, Local and South Dakota gas prices
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September 23, 2014
Yankton City Commission raises solid waste collection and water rates, Former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds and current Governor Dennis Dougaard respond to lawmaker questions, Murder trial goes to jury in Winner, SD
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September 22, 2014
South Dakota Manufacturers Week in Yankton, Vermillion Public Power Week, Yankton College Fall Meetings
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• The Vermillion Municipal Pool Committee has announced open house dates, times and locations for viewing plans for the proposed new municipal swimming pool in historic Prentis Park. Vermillion Municipal Pool Committee members will be on-site to answer questions about the proposed municipal swimming pool plans. Click here for a list of open houses.

• Are you a job seeker looking for employment? The Department of Labor and Regulation has an important announcement about Job Services. Department of Labor & Regulation workforce experts can help job seekers with a variety of services ranging from career exploration to application, resume and cover letter assistance, to mock interviews and workforce training opportunities. Stop in at your local Department of Labor & Regulation office and visit with an employment representative today. For a list of local office locations, visit sdjobs.org.

• Governor Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2015 Governor's Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May 2015. Governor's Office interns have the opportunity to work at the highest level of state government, learning about and preparing legislation to be introduced in the next legislative session. Interns' duties will depend on interests and strengths. Typical duties will include aiding the Governor's general counsel, conducting policy research, preparing policy briefings and staffing the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and First Lady. The positions are open to all undergraduate or graduate-level students. Preference will be given to South Dakota residents attending South Dakota colleges or universities. Students who are interested in receiving credit should also apply. The Governor's staff is open to working with individual universities and professors to secure credit for the internship program. Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter and two letters of recommendation by November 1, vis email, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information on duties or logistics, please visit http://sd.gov/governor/Internship or contact Patrick Weber at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (605) 773-5999.

• Senator John thune is currently seeking intelligent, hard-working college students to serve as spring interns in his office in Washington, D.C., as well as in his offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls. College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune's Washington, D.C., office should submit a resume and cover letter by November 7, 2014, to: Senator John Thune; Attn: Logan Penfield; 511 Dirksen Senate Office Building; Washington, D.C. 20510. By fax to: (202) 228-5429. By e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune's Sioux Falls, Rapid City, or Aberdeen offices should submit a resume and cover letter, by November 7, to: Senator John Thune; Attn: Robin Long; 320 North Main Avenue, Suite B; Sioux Falls, SD 57104. By e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• The City of Vermillion is seeking interested citizens for one opening on the Vermillion Planning Commission. The appointment will fill the remainder of a five-year term that expires in June 2017. Interested Vermillion citizens can complete and submit a City board expression of interest form. Forms must be returned to City Hall, 25 Center Street, by 12 p.m. on October 15, 2014. The appointment will be made at the October 20, 2014 City Council meeting. Please call (605) 677-7050 with any questions.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Men's Basketball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, November 7, 2014. League play is scheduled to begin the first week of December. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton website. For further information, call (605) 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook.

• South Dakota lawmakers are forming a task force to address child sexual abuse in the state. Public input is sought, and you can contribute your insight This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• The Vermillion Backpack Program helps hungry kids. You can help with contributions of time or money. Learn more.

• OSHA reminds workers and employers of the need for common sense and care when it comes to safety. Get information on how to report unsafe workplaces. Call the OSHA hotline at (800) 321-6742.

• Traveling but concerned about road conditions? Use this link to get information or call 511 (in South Dakota).

• Are you planning an event, conference or local sports tournament in the Yankton area? Add it to the Yankton area web calendar for 2014. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online submissions.

• Want to help others as a volunteer? This one-stop spot from United Way of Vermillion can help you find opportunities.

• The Heartland Human Society offers affordable pets. View the available animals or stop by the shelter on East Highway 50 in Yankton.

• 211 is an information and crisis helpline that provides resource information on non-profit, social service, and government programs, along with providing crisis intervention services. It is available anytime, day or night, from anywhere in Yankton or Bon Homme counties. More information available at helplinecenter.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, September 29 – Friday, October 31
Sandi Parish – water color exhibit “Horses” and “Children”; Bede Art Gallery; Marian Auditorium; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Bede Art Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. A free reception and gallery talk is scheduled for October 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., it is open to the public.

Monday, October 13 - Saturday, October 25

Tree limbs and trimmings can be dropped off a the Transfer Station located at 1200 West 23rd St in Yankton free of charge Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Visit cityofyankton.org for more information and for examples of tree pruning techniques.

Wednesday, October 22
Penny Bingo: Open to the public. Prizes and treats. 1 p.m.; The Center; Yankton.

The Rural Office of Community Services, Inc., (ROCS) will offer area residents the opportunity to meet with a navigator in Yankton to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace. An outreach event is scheduled in Yankton from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Northern Lights Conference Room 2 on the second floor of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital's Northern Lights Addition. No appointment necessary. For more information, contact Marilyn Kathol at (605) 668-8105 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Tim Schwasinger at (605) 668-8103 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Lizzy Bolander at (605) 469-5363 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Friday, October 24
Yankton Area Arts will host the Domazlice Bagpipe Band from the Czech Republic at 7 p.m. at the G.A.R. Hall Gallery; 508 Douglas Ave; Yankton. Tickets may be purchased at the gallery or reserved by calling (605) 665-9754. Cost of tickets is $10.00 for Yankton Area Arts members and $12.00 for nonmembers.

Saturday, October 25
The talented and entertaining Allen Family will be in concert at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. There is no charge for the concert (a freewill offering will be taken) and the public is encouraged to attend.

Make a Difference Day - Coat & Winter Wear Giveaway. 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Human Services Center, South Training Center (Old Chapel).

City of Vermillion Police Department open house - 10 am - 1 pm; 15 Washington Street; Vermillion. Free hot dogs, chips, and soda. They will have vehicle tours, Halloween photos, interactive demonstrations, and lots of candy. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

Sunday, October 26
Yankton Youth Soccer Association Annual General Meeting. 6 p.m.; Summit Activities Center; Yankton. For more information contact Deb Lillie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“Swingin' To The 50's" - 3 p.m.; The Center; 900 Whiting Drive; Yankton. Rivercity Harmony & Sweet Adelines with guest Smooth Benediction. General admission $10.00, children 12 and under admitted free. For tickets, contact or call Phyllis Christiansen (605) 668-0659, Marlene Herman (605) 925-7191, Mary Uhrich (605) 660-3029, or Betty Thomas (605) 661-4975. Tickets also available at Hy-Vee and Yankton Rexall Drug.

Monday, October 27
The Yankton Chamber and Interchange will host the Yankton County Commission and County Auditor candidates at Minervas. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with the forum beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 1 p.m. Lunch will be $10 and is optional. RSVP's are requested for all attendees for seating.

Hard Rock Casino Trip: Join us as we take a day trip to the Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City. Cost is $28 and includes transportation, $10 in slot play and a free buffet. Call (605) 665-4685 to make your reservation. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; The Center, Yankton.

A free Seasonal Flu clinic will be held for middle school students at the Yankton Middle School. Parents need not be present but a consent form must be signed by a parent for all students wishing to get the vaccine in school. Please return the consent form to the office by Tuesday, October 21.

A free Seasonal Flu clinic will be held for high school students at the Yankton High School. Parents need not be present but a consent form must be signed by a parent for all students under the age of 18. Students age 18 and older may sign their own forms. Please return the form to the office by Tuesday, October 21.

Tuesday, October 28
The Yankton Chamber and the local media will host the Yankton County Commission candidates, the County Audiotr candidates and the District 18 House and Senate candidates at the Regional Technical Educational Center (RTEC). The County Commission Forum will begin at 7 p.m., the county auditor candidates at 8 p.m. and the District 18 candidates at 8:30 p.m. KVHT will provide live streaming during the event. For event details, visit www.yanktonsd.com/candidate.

Thursday, October 30
“Pope Francis: Where are Your Red Shoes" - Dr. Theresa Lafferty. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Friday, October 31 – Saturday, November 1
Harvest Halloween Festival, downtown Yankton. For more information visit www.harvesthalloween.com.

Saturday, November 1
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visit www.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Thomas Rokahr is in the 2nd year of the fight for his life against Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia (A.L.L.). Tom's parents are doing all they can and it's not enough. With all the medical, hospital, and traveling expenses the bills are piling up. Please help Tom and his family in this time of need. Tom the Tank Benefit; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; St. John's Lutheran Church; 1009 Jackson St; Yankton. Baked potato bar benefit, free will donation, all proceeds go to the family. Any questions please contact Bridgette Rokahr (402) 394-1092. For more information and updates about Tom and his battle against A.L.L. visit Tom The Tank Facebook page.

Monday, November 3
The Yankton Chamber and Interchanges will host the District 18 House and Senate candidates at Minervas. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with the forum beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 1 p.m. Lunch will be $10 and is optional. RSVP's are requested for all attendees for seating.

A free Seasonal Flu clinic will be held for children in Jr. Kindergarten through 5th grade at each elementary school. Parents need not be present but a consent form must be signed by a parent for all students wishing to get the vaccine in school. Please return these form to your child's teacher or the school office by Tuesday, October 28. Monday, November 3 will be Lincoln School and Stewart School.

Wednesday, November 5
The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program. Vermillion Public Library; 18 Church St.; Vermillion. 2 p.m. For more information visit www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov.

The Rural Office of Community Services, Inc., (ROCS) will offer area residents the opportunity to meet with a navigator in Yankton to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace. An outreach event is scheduled in Yankton from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Northern Lights Conference Room 2 on the second floor of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital's Northern Lights Addition. No appointment necessary. For more information, contact Marilyn Kathol at (605) 668-8105 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Tim Schwasinger at (605) 668-8103 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Lizzy Bolander at (605) 469-5363 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thursday, November 6
“I Would Walk 500 Miles: The Way of St. James" - Jordan and Rebecca Foos. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Silver Threads Health & Product Fair, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 320 W Main Street; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 624-8072.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program. Yankton Public Library; 515 Walnut St.; Yankton. 2 p.m. For more information visit www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov.

A free Seasonal Flu clinic will be held for children in Jr. Kindergarten through 5th grade at each elementary school. Parents need not be present but a consent form must be signed by a parent for all students wishing to get the vaccine in school. Please return the form to your child's teacher or the school office by Tuesday, October 28. Thursday, November 6 will be Webster School and Beadle School.

Heartland Humane Society Wine & Whiskers - 6 p.m.; Minerva's Event Center; Yankton. To view a full list of the auction items, buy tickets or learn more, check out Wine and Whiskers at the Heartland Humane Society website.

Thursday, November 13
"The World War One Correspondence of John and Anna Warns" - Dr. Rich Lofthus. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Thursday, November 20
"A Topical Vacation: Collecting Stamps by Topic" - Dr. Terry Nelson. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Friday, November 21 – Sunday, December 7
"Romeo and Juliet", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

Sunday, November 30
Victorian Christmas High Tea - Cramer-Kenyon Historic Home.

Thursday, December 4
"Update on the MMC 'Interpret a Genome' Project" - Dr. Vicki Geiser. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14
Christmas Open Houses - Cramer-Kenyon House; 509 Pine Street; Yankton. Open houses are scheduled for December 12th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on December 13th and 14th. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about this event, please call the curator at the Cramer-Kenyon Home at (605) 665-7470.

Thursday, February 19 – Sunday, February 22
"Stand Off at HWY #37", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visitwww.usd.edu/theatre.

Friday, March 27
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visitwww.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Thursday, April 16 – Monday, April 27
"Seussical", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

Saturday, June 27
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visitwww.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Saturday, July 11
The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle, a 50-mile race for kayaks and canoes on the Missouri National Recreational River. Learn more.

Iowa News

Parties jockeying for early vote in Iowa, Florida
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 2.3 million voters have already cast ballots for the November midterm elections, and both Republicans and Democrats are claiming the early voting numbers work to their advantage. Florida continues to dominate early returns, with more than 891,000 votes cast by late last week. A contentious governor's race tops the ballot in that state. Registered Republicans have cast almost half of the early votes. Republicans say their lead proves momentum for Gov. Rick Scott, who trails Democratic challenger Charlie Crist in many polls. In Iowa, where a Senate race will help determine which party controls the chamber in January, Democrats hold a narrow lead out of almost 200,000 ballots cast. But Republicans say they're making a more concerted early voting effort than in past elections.

Judge to rule against Ameren in power line case
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge says he plans to rule against a subsidiary of Ameren Corp. in a legal fight over whether it needs state permission to build a high-voltage power line across northern Missouri. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green said Monday that he's inclined to reject Ameren's request for a declaration that the Missouri Public Service Commission has no authority over the power line. Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois wants to build a roughly 100-mile power line across Missouri from the Iowa to Illinois borders. It's part of a 480-mile transmission line from Ottumwa, Iowa, to western Indiana. Earlier Monday, Green allowed landowners opposed to the power line to join the legal fight. Ameren hasn't chosen an exact route yet, but the landowners fear it could use eminent domain against them.

Branstad winning cash race against Hatch
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Gov. Terry Branstad continues to hold a massive cash advantage over Democratic challenger Jack Hatch going into the final days of the race. Campaign finance reports filed with the state Monday show that Branstad raised $1.3 million between July 15 and Oct. 14 and had $1.3 million left in cash. Hatch raised nearly $880,000 and had about $280,000 on hand. Hatch and his wife have loaned $140,000 to his campaign. Hatch stopped airing television advertising in late September. Spokesman John Hedgecoth said the campaign would run ads again before Election Day, but did not offer details on when. Branstad, 67, has held a sizable lead throughout the race, with far more money and support than the 64-year-old Hatch.

Appeals court revives Syngenta, Bunge GMO lawsuit
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court has given agricultural chemical maker Syngenta Seeds hope that it may be able to proceed with a lawsuit against grain storage and transportation company Bunge North America for refusing to accept one of Syngenta's genetically modified corn varieties. Syngenta sued Bunge in 2011 claiming Bunge illegally refused to buy Syngenta's Viptera corn from farmers that year. Viptera is genetically modified to control pests. China was importing large amounts of grain from Bunge but has strict rules against GMO grain. Bunge declined to buy Viptera, which Syntenta says damaged its business and reputation. In 2012 federal Judge Mark Bennett dismissed Syngenta's lawsuit but on Monday the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled one of Syngenta's claims in the case could have merit and should be reconsidered.

Street switch comes before Sioux City council
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City officials are continuing to examine whether to switch three downtown streets from one-way to two-way. The City Council planned Monday to discuss a report about plans for the change to Fifth, Sixth and Douglas streets. Public Works Director Jade Dundas says the change would improve traffic flow in the downtown area and help businesses. The Sioux City Journal reports the report will be outlined to the council but no action is scheduled.

Davenport marsh education center to expand space
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Nahant Marsh Education Center in Davenport is expanding with more square footage for classrooms and other spaces. The Quad-City Times reports the center is at a former contaminated marsh cleaned up more than a decade ago. From the late 1960s until the 1990s, Nahant Marsh was used for skeet and trap shooting by a sportsmen's club. It led to the contamination of the marsh with lead shot that was cleaned up in 1999 under the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund program for $2 million. The marsh is near the junction of Iowa Highway 22 and Interstate 280. It's home to more than 150 species of birds, as well as plants fish, reptiles, insects and mammals. The education center's 1,600-square-foot expansion includes a large classroom, more bathrooms and storage space. Work is expected to finish in April.

Iowa teen's death still unsolved 2 years later
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque police say they have few leads in the shooting death of a teen two years ago, citing a lack of cooperation from witnesses. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports 15-year-old Marlon T. Barber Jr. was fatally shot in downtown Dubuque while he and his friends walked away from a party before midnight. He was taken to a hospital where he was able to provide police some clues about the alleged shooter before dying from his injuries. Dubuque Police Department Lt. Scott Baxter says the investigation into Barber's shooting has come to a standstill. He says police believe they have identified all of the people involved in the shooting. But he says that they and others who have some knowledge about the crime have been "relatively uncooperative." Baxter says the department is still treating the investigation as active and ongoing.

Centennial Bridge in Davenport opens to traffic
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A key Davenport bridge that crosses the Mississippi, linking Davenport and Rock Island, Illinois, has finally reopened. The Quad-City Times reports the Centennial Bridge closed for repairs in August and was supposed to reopen within 35 days. Earlier this month, an engineer with the Illinois Department of Transportation said the bridge need more work than expected. The delay in the bridge's opening took about six weeks. Jan Tappa and her husband Cliff own a steak house restaurant in Davenport. She says many of their regular customers came from the Illinois Quad-Cities. Cliff Tappa said business declined while the bridge was out of service. But the Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau says the bridge closure was "more of an inconvenience than anything" and that it didn't impact tourism.

3 Iowa companies receive USDA ag research grants
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three Iowa companies have received U.S. Department of Agriculture grants for research projects officials hope will lead to new technologies that advance agriculture. Small Business Innovation Grants were awarded to Harrisvaccines in Ames, which has recently developed a new vaccine for a pig virus; Agren Inc. in Carroll, a consultant that helps farmers deal with environmental issues; and Diamond V Mills in Cedar Rapids, which develops animal food. Each company receives more than $99,000. The USDA says the grant program was created to stimulate technological innovations in the private sector and to strengthen the role of federal research and development in support of small businesses. More than $18 million in grants were announced Monday by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Branstad offers quality of life plan
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he wants to make sure Iowa has great parks and cultural offerings for residents. The incumbent Republican governor, who is running for a sixth non-consecutive term, released a plan Monday he says would better organize the state's recreation and cultural resources. He calls it a quality of life effort. Under the plan, the state would create an oversight board to coordinate the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Economic Development Authority, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation. That board would oversee quality of life efforts, as well as come up with a long-term plan for new investments. Branstad would also set up a new fund to pay for such projects, using existing state dollars and private money.

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Nebraska News

Air conditioning among projects funded by bond
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When voters decide whether to approve a $421 million bond issue for Omaha Public Schools, one question that could divide them is whether central air conditioners should be a standard feature in schools. The Omaha World-Herald reports among the project included in the bond issue on the November ballot is a proposal to install central air conditioning at nine elementary schools that rely on window units. District officials note all other public school districts in Douglas and Sarpy counties have central air in classrooms and say such systems are standard in homes. But opponents, such as Jim Sazama, says he got through school without air conditioning. Speaking at a school board meeting, he says teachers should "open the windows and let some fresh air in."

2 law enforcement groups endorse Chuck Hassebrook
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two law enforcement groups have endorsed Democrat Chuck Hassebrook in the Nebraska governor's race. The Omaha Police Officers Association and the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police announced Monday that they would support Hassebrook. The Omaha Police Officers Association represents more than 750 sworn officers of the Omaha Police Department. The Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police is made up of more than 40 lodges throughout the state. It represents more than 325,000 officers nationally. Hassebrook is running against Republican Pete Ricketts to succeed Gov. Dave Heineman, who is ineligible to run again because of term limits.

Patrol arrests man after long high-speed chase
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police arrested a man after a high speed chase that ended in west Omaha after officers used spikes to puncture the vehicle's tires. The Nebraska State Patrol says the chase began about 12:30 p.m. Monday when troopers responded to a reported assault and kidnapping in Scribner, northwest of Omaha. Troopers chased a sport utility vehicle on Highway 275 toward Omaha with speeds topping 80 mph. The SUV slowed after running over spikes at 168th and Dodge streets in west Omaha and finally stopped after being boxed in by four state patrol cars. Troopers took the 32-year-old driver, Terence L. Dean, to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The patrol says he'll be charged with felony flight to avoid arrest and willful reckless driving. A female occupant wasn't hurt.

Journalist being treated for Ebola still improving
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska doctors treating an American video journalist for Ebola say he could be released by the end of the week if tests show he's free of the deadly virus. Ashoka Mukpo (ah-SHOH'-kuh MUK'-poh) has been treated at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha since Oct. 6. He has been improving steadily since receiving an experimental Ebola drug and a blood transfusion from someone who survived the virus although he remains weak. Dr. Mark Rupp said Monday that Mukpo could be released from the hospital's isolation unit in the next few days if the U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirms he is Ebola-free. Mukpo, of Providence, Rhode Island, contracted Ebola while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets.

New atlas will help find 'gaps' in crop production
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new mapping tool developed by the University of Nebraska and other partners could help boost global crop yields while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas was unveiled Monday at the annual Global Water for Food Conference in Seattle. The conference draws experts from around the world to discuss how technology can ensure a global water supply for growing food. Roberto Lenton, executive director of the university's Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, says the mapping tool allows users to estimate the "gap" between potential and actual crop yields. The atlas relies on detailed plant, soil and climate data in specific areas. It's a joint venture funded by the Water for Food Institute, the Wageningen University and Research center and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Scottsbluff woman accused in abuse of daughter
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — A Scottsbluff woman whose boyfriend is accused of beating her 3-year-old daughter has been charged with child abuse by negligence. Twenty-four-year-old Cassandra Miller was arrested after a warrant was issued Friday. Online court records don't list an attorney for her. Her boyfriend, 25-year-old Cody Olbricht, is charged with felony child abuse causing serious bodily injury. Court records say the girl was hospitalized in late September after her grandmother noticed she had a fever and was lethargic and vomiting. Doctors determined the little girl had several injuries, including a lacerated liver and a brain contusion. A court document says Scottsbluff police inspected the home and found little food in the refrigerator. Police say clothes and bedding in the girl's room were stained with urine and stank.

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