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SD Official Offers Advice on Short-Term Loans

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota banking official says people considering taking out short-term loans should make sure they understand the payment terms before they borrow money. Bret Afdahl, director of the state Division of Banking, says people need to understand the repayment terms for the different kinds of loans that are available....
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Economic Survey Suggests Optimism for Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic report suggests supply managers surveyed in nine Midwestern and Plains states are optimistic about the regional economy over the next six months. The confidence index for the Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 66.5 last month from 57.2 in November. However, the overall index rose just 2...
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Study: Poverty Influences Children’s Early Brain Development

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to a new study, children of low-income families have slower rates of growth in a number of areas, including two key parts of the brain, the parietal lobe and the frontal lobe. The problem is described by one of the researchers involved, psychology professor Seth Pollak. “Poverty seems to...
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Flu Season Ramping Up in South Dakota

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – The flu season is beginning to ramp up in South Dakota, with focal points of the virus in Yankton and the Rapid City metropolitan area. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger tells the Yankton Press and Dakotan (http://bit.ly/1lrq66O ) that the virus will move statewide sooner than later. He says it will likely...
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