US Forecast: Drought Leveling off in Midwest

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Federal weather forecasters say the drought appears to be leveling off, although it is likely to continue at least through November. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center Forecasters previously had predicted the drought would linger through October. But the center said Thursday it appears the drought isn’t...
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Drought Slows Economy in Midwest, Western States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An economic index for 10 Midwest and Western states has dropped again, and an economist says the drought is “dampening economic activity across the region.” The Rural Mainstreet Index dropped further into negative territory this month, hitting 47.1, compared with 47.9 in July and 56.7 in June. The index is...
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Court Upholds Death Sentence in SD Guard Killing

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for an inmate who killed a state prison guard during a failed escape attempt. Fifty-year-old Eric Robert pleaded guilty to killing Ron Johnson in April 2011 and asked to be executed for the crime. A circuit judge sentenced Robert to...
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Former First Lady to be Deputy Secretary of State

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former South Dakota first lady Pat Miller will become deputy secretary of state. Secretary of State Jason Gant says he hired Miller as his deputy because she has extensive experience as an administrator in business and state government. Miller is married to former Gov. Walter Dale Miller, who was governor...
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