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If you live in the Dakotas or Wyoming and have dividend income, you're in luck. The three states have among the lowest combined federal and state tax rates on dividends, according to the Tax Foundation. Wyoming and South Dakota don't have personal income taxes and have the lowest rates nationally at 25 percent. But North Dakota, which does have a state income tax, is just behind at 26.3 percent. The group calculates the average across the United States at 28.6 percent.
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (NPN) — Personal auto insurance rates increased less in South Dakota and the Northern Plains states than they did nationally, according to a news study by RateWatch. However, the same study showed that the region had a higher increase in homeowner insurance than the national average.
Today is World Kidney Day, a day to promote kidney health and its importance to overall health. In South Dakota, approximately 713 people are on kidney dialysis because their kidneys don't function properly, according to the Dialysis Patient Citizens organization. There are stand alone or in-hospital dialysis clinics in Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Rosebud, Sharps Corner, Brookings, Madison, Watertown, Sisseton, Aberdeen, Pierre, Gregory, Yankton, Hot Springs, Spearfish, Huron, Chamberlain and Pine Ridge.
Wealthiest 1 percent of South Dakotans took lion's share of state's income growth in recent decades.
One Dakota has the best poverty rate in the region and one of the best in the nation. The other Dakota has the worst poverty rate in the region but...
U.S. Sen. Thune, R-S.D., received 1 percent of the straw vote tally last week for potential Republican presidential nominees at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Thune tied for 14th place. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Tenn., won the poll with 31 percent, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, with 11 percent and neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 9 percent. In 2010, Thune tied for seventh in the same straw poll, garnering 2 percent of the vote. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, won the 2010 CPAC poll with eventual Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney placing second.
South Dakota's state and local government employment grew from 2007 to 2012. That's according to a recent study by the U.S. Census Bureau examining federal, state and local government employment trends.
Despite living in a state where producing things to eat is the biggest industry and ancestors had strenuous lives, South Dakotans are at or below the national averages when it comes to eating produce and exercising. The results are from a recent Gallup survey of Americans and their eating and exercise habits. Nationally, according to Gallup, 51.6 percent of Americans exercise regularly, with South Dakotans just barely better — 51.8 percent — than that average.
SIOUX FALLS -- Many South Dakotans are vulnerable to Internet fraud, according to a new study from AARP. Called "Caught in the Scammer's Net," the survey found that one in four Internet users across the state may be at increased risk of being victimized. The study compared fraud victims and non-victims, and found that a combination of online behaviors and life experiences puts a person at the greatest risk of being scammed. Among those at highest risk are people who are in debt, have lost jobs or who feel lonely or isolated.
In a letter sent Tuesday, 55 organizations asked a bipartisan group of five U.S. senators -- including Dakotas senators -- for help in stopping the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service from going forward with plans to relax the nation's protections against foot-and-mouth disease. On Dec. 23, APHIS proposed to relax U.S. disease protections to allow the importation of fresh beef from Brazil, a country where, according to the group's letter, FMD is still considered endemic.