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Local News

Turner County Fair begins; Lake Yankton to start anew
Parker will play host to the always-popular Turner County Fair starting tonight, with a wide range of grandstand attractions and a full carnival with great rides. In addition, officials with Nebraska Game & Parks Commission will execute a full-lake fish kill next month. Listen to these stories now.


Make-A-Wish raises nearly $30,000 in Vermillion
South Dakota Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted its dinner and auction July 23 in Vermillion and raised more than $29,000 for the cause. It'll continue raising money Saturday with a motorcycle ride-through event. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and a street dance follows. Learn more or sign up.

Designs unveiled for Yankton Collector Well
Kyle Goodmanson of the City of Yankton presented options for the design of a structure that'll house the collector well as the city improves its water infrastructure. You can learn more about the project here.

 

Bonus program seeks to pay South Dakota veterans
Officials are hoping to get the word out widely to all South Dakota veterans about a financial bonus program for which they may be eligible. Veterans of the Gulf War or the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq may be eligible, according to John Fette who oversees the program in Pierre. Fette says active-duty service men and women may also be eligible for the bonus. Veterans and their families This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it about the program or to have Fette review their eligibility.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

• 9/8/14 - The Yankton Democrats will be hosting a meet and greet every Friday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  The events will be held outside of the headquarters located at the corner of 3rd Street and Capital (232 Capital Street) in Historic Downtown Yankton.  The get together will provide Yankton County citizens with an opportunity to meet local candiddates and hear about the issues while enjoying free hot dogs and refreshments.  The event is open to the public and all interested parties are welcome.

• 8/27/14 - The Yankton Community Library is seeking interested middle and high school students to form a Teen Advisory Board.  The purpose of the group is to plan and help implement special programs and events for teens and tweens, as well as make recommendations for additions to the young adult collection.  Application forms are available at the library and, when completed, can be returned at the circulation desk or to Joyce Moore, youth services librarian.  A September meeting is being planned for the new board, with the date to be announced later.  For more information on this new program, please contact the library at 668-5276.

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.

• With its move to Memorial Park, Yankton's Rockin' Ribfest Committee seeks volunteers. Find out how you can help this big community event here.

• Midcontinent Communications is offering its new Broadband Lifeline Assistance Program to families who qualify. Call 800-888-1300 to learn more or apply for it.

Head Start Yankton is now taking applications. Call 665-2854 to apply for your 3-to-5-year-old child.

All South Dakota veterans: Your benefits are ready. Visit this site to learn more. Veterans in college, here's information on Veterans' Assistance programs at USD and Mount Marty College.

• Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is now part of Avera @ Home, a program that can help you or your family adjust to home health care or home hospice. Learn more about the program.

• The new preliminary master plan for Yankton's recreational facilities is available. Read the plan. Give This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

• PTSD Coach Online is a service for veterans and anyone dealing with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It's a suite of 17 tools designed to help people cope with sleep problems, trauma reminders and other issues. Access PTSD Coach Online.

Veterans and National Guard soldiers are sought for a research project, "Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Alcohol Use." The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is leading this project, which includes a survey about mood, alcohol use and past military experiences and takes about three hours. It is voluntary and completely confidential. Participants receive $100 compensation for the initial interview and eligible participants who take part in a second study using an MRI will receive $300. Vets and Guard soldiers who are right-handed, between the ages of 18-45 and who have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible. To enroll or learn more, call Dawne Olson at 605-677-5170 or email her. (Active-duty troops only will be compensated if taking part in the research during off-duty times.)

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

True Value Company's "Painting A Brighter Future" is offering schools free paint for renovations. Nygren's True Value in Vermillion encourages all schools in their territory — which includes Vermillion and Elk Point — to apply for this program.

• Learn more about the South Dakota Workforce Initiative South Dakota Wins.

• Feeding South Dakota has recently released a study on food insecurity in South Dakota. Learn more at its website on ways to help.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is offering a wide range of programs for toddlers through adults, and registration continues. To find out more, visit the library website for a full schedule of events.

Mentors Needed: The Clay-Union Foundation matches youth age 5-17 years old with qualified and screened adult volunteers. There are two boys and two girls to match in Elk Point, and two girls in Vermillion. Volunteers must be 18 or older and have a car. Email John Gille at or call 605-421-5050 to become a volunteer.

The City of Yankton and the Yankton Tobacco Education Coalition reminds all citizens that the Yankton Parks are tobacco-free.

If you have trouble with certain Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter features, or need a quick tutorial on uploading photos, poking someone, or adding online friends, the new "Book a Librarian" program is for you! This free program allows you to schedule 15 minutes to answer any social media question. Call Tonya or Dana at the Yankton Public Library to schedule a session, 605-668-5275.

• The Yankton Boys & Girls Club is looking for community feedback about the Boys & Girls Club. Help them out with planning for the future and take a couple minutes to fill out this survey.

The Vermillion Area Community Foundation is accepting proposals for projects to improve our community. Forms for submitting proposals by groups or organizations are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. While funds available are limited they can fully fund small one time requests or partially fund larger projects. Your annual donations to their Foundation will provide them with increasing funds each year for worthwhile projects.

Business After Hours: Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your business and network with your peers? Sign up to host a Business After Hours event! These events generally run from 5-7 p.m. on weeknights and the hosting business provides hours d'oeuvres and refreshments. If interested email Ann or call 605-624-5571.

• The Heartland Human Society offers affordable pets. View the available animals or stop by the shelter's new digs 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.

EVENTS

Monday, August 25 - Friday, September 26
"Life Underground", Avera Sister James Care Center, a traveling historical exhibit which details the importance of hard rock mining to the Black Hills and the state.  On display at 11 am daily.  Open house, September 5, 1 pm - 4 pm.  The McNeils, 2 pm.

Monday, August 25 - Friday, September 27
"Of Broken Molds" by artist Jordan Eaton and guests, on display at the Bede Art Gallery in the lobby of the Marian Auditorium at Mount Marty College.  Open 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Free reception and gallery talk, September 12, 2 pm - 4 pm.  For more information visit the gallery's webpage or contact Director, David Kahle, at (605) 668-1574 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Monday, September 1 - Tuesday, September 30
Flocking Against Cancer - Join the Yankton Pink Ladies in Flocking Against Cancer .  All proceeds go towards helping people fighting cancer in the Yankton area.  Sign up to send out our stealthy night time flockers.  Your friends and family will wake up to a flock of 24 flying pink flamingos in their yard.  Our flock will spend a day of leisure in their yard before flying off that night for their next destination.  for an extra fee we will place you in our witness protection program to ensure they never find out who called them in.  To flock your friends and family or to purchase flock insurance, please contact Pam - (605) 665-4207 or stop by Affordable Storage - 1501 W City Limits Rd; Yankton.  Or, place an order with any of the Yankton Pink Ladies dart players.

Friday, September 19
The Yankton Community Library will celebrate "International Talk Like A Pirate Day" on Friday, September 19.  For more information contact the library at 668-5276.  515 Walnut; Yankton.

All Yankton Public School students, including Preschool-12th grade will be dismissed at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 19, for the Yankton High School Pioneer Days Homecoming Parade.  All school buses will be running early and rural students will not be escorted to the parade by their teacher.  Buses will leave at 1:50 p.m. from the elementary schools and approximately 2:15 p.m. from the YMS exchange.  Parents of elementary students may pick up their bus students at school at 2:00 p.m. if they are not riding the bus that day and have notified the school in advance.  Parents of Preschool and JrK students at Webster should pick them up at school at 1:45 p.m.  Parents of in-town students should return the parade notice to their teacher, so plans are known for the early dismissal.  The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Riverside Drive and Pearl Street, proceed North to 3rd Street, West on 3rd Street to Cedar Street, South on Cedar Street, and east on Riverside Drive ending at Douglas Street.  If inclement weather occurs, the parade will be cancelled and school will be in session.

The Yankton Democrats will be hosting an informational and social meet and greet Friday, September 19 at 4 p.m.  The event will be held outside of the headquarters located at the corner of 3rd Street and Capital (232 Capital Street) in Historic Downtown Yankton.  for more information contact the Yankton Democratic Party at (605) 660-2144.

Saturday, September 20
Fall in the Park at Lewis and Clark.  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Obstacle course, Crafts & games, Live music, Laser shot, Step outside trailer and more - Fun for all ages.  Lewis and Clark Recreation Area; Yankton.

South Dakota 125th Birthday Wagon Train at the State Capitol in Pierre at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21
People's Climate March, 11:30 am.  For more information visit http://peoplesclimatemarch.org/.

Demonstrations of pioneer living and costumed re-enactors are being added to the annual Menno Pioneer Power and Toy Show.  There will also be displays of steam engines, antique tractors, farm machinery, a log cabin, and old church and an old school room.  Any funds raised will be used to help restore a steam house and carousel featuring 18 horses.  For more information, visit the 125th webpage.

Sunday, September 21 - Saturday, September 27
Banned Books Week, Yankton Community Library.  In celebration of Banned Books Week, the Yankton Community Library is featuring a display of banned books and an interactive bulletin board with banned book trivia.  The library invites you to bring your favorite banned book and have your picture taken with it.  The picture will be posted on our "Caught Reading a Banned Book" wall.

Sunday, Sept. 21
Yankton Scramblers Cycle Club.  Race Times: Sign-up 7:30am; Practice 9:30am. Track located 8 miles West of Yankton on Hwy 50 then south 1/4 mile on Hwy 52.  For detailed race information visit www.scramblersmx.org

St. Rose of Lima Golf Tournament, Crofton Lakeview Golf Course, Registration 8 am, Shotgun Start 9 am.  $160 team entry fee (4 person team, couples welcome).  $10 to purchase 2 team mulligans.  Limited to the first 27 teams.  Cash prizes per flight & pin prizes.  Up to $1,000 possible on hole in one prizes, lunch provided, selling breakfast sandwiches at registration.  Sign up by calling Lakeview Golf Course (402) 388-4552.

The 17th Annual Airport Breakfast will be held on Sunday, September 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Crop Duster's hangar on the Chan Gurney Airport in Yankton.  Fly-in pilots free, adults $5.00, children 5-10 years old $2.00, and under 5 years old free.  Great pancakes, sausage, orange drink, coffee & milk - plus lots of aviation displays and aircraft.  For more information contact Steve Hamilton (605) 665-8448.

Monday, September 22
The University of South Dakota College of Arts & Sciences welcomes Jason Laker, Ph.D., professor of counselor education at San Jose State University, on Monday, Sept. 22.  In addition to meeting with administrators and other members of the USD community, Laker will present the lecture "Inviting and Inspiring Men to Learn" at 3:30 p.m. at Farber Hall, Vermillion.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the College of Arts & Sciences at (605) 677-5221 or go to www.usd.edu/as.

Wednesday, September 24
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation will host Job Search Assistance Programs at 3113 Spruce St. Ste. 124; Yankton.  4 p.m.  For more information, call (605) 668-2900 or visit www.sdjobs.org.

Thursday, September 25
Earth Days Planning Committee (EDPC) meeting in the Kozak Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library.  For more information visit www.GreeningVermillion.org

The Yankton Community Library is hosting Norman Wright as he presents "135 Years of Care: The South Dakota Human Services Center from Its Territorial Roots to the Present" on Thursday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m.  515 Walnut Street; Yankton.  For further information, contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

Friday, September 26 - Sunday, October 5
"Next to Normal", 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, Sept. 27
Get to the Point Half-Marathon, 8 a.m. at 1000 W. Main St., Elk Point. This new event in Elk Point supports the Clay-Union Foundation and its efforts to support youth. Online registration information. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

Tuesday, September 30
Lecture "Benedict's Dakota: Themes of the Rule as Lived on the Plains", by author Kathleen Norris, Marian Auditorium at Mount Marty College, 7:30 pm.  For more information on the event, please contact Andy Henrickson, Benedictine Institute Director at (605) 668-1495 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sunday, October 5 - Saturday, October 11
100th Dakota Days celebration, University of South Dakota.
Wednesday, October 15
Wessington Springs will be South Dakota's Capital for a Day.  The Governor's activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, business tours around town and a social hour with the public.  The Governor will also hold a roundtable meeting for community leaders to meet and discuss the needs of the city.
Thursday, October 16
Historic Preservation Ordinance volunteer meeting, G.A.R. Hall; Yankton.  7 p.m.

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.

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.

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

Friday, October 31 & Saturday, November 1
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.
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.
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 visit www.usd.edu/theatre.
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.

July 11, 2015
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

Former Iowa mayor pleads not guilty to charges
OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) — The former mayor of a northeast Iowa city pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges alleging he sexually abused two girls. Court records show 36-year-old Jason Manus entered the plea to five counts of second-degree sexual abuse. His trial is scheduled to begin on October 8th. Manus, the former mayor of Oelwein, is accused of assaulting a 14-year-old girl four times and a 9-year-old girl once in July and August 2010 at his home. He was arrested in August following an investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said they had received information about the abuse allegations from the Iowa Department of Human Services. Manus resigned from office several days after his arrest. The City Council then appointed council member Peggy Sherrets as mayor.

Disaster proclamation issued for 4 Iowa counties
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad on Wednesday issued a disaster emergency proclamation for four Iowa counties in response to recent severe weather. The proclamation covers Adair, Guthrie, Ringgold, and Warren counties following severe weather and heavy rains on September 9th. State resources can now be used to help affected communities in those counties. The proclamation also activates an individual assistance program that grants up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The money can be used for temporary housing, home and car repairs and other items.

In Iowa, Biden preaches populist theme on taxes
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is preaching a populist theme during a visit to Iowa — an important early-voting state in the presidential nominating calendar. He's telling voters to elect Democrats who support raising taxes on companies. Biden is hitting an election-year theme of restoring what he calls "basic fairness." The vice president spoke to about 200 Democratic activists on the steps of the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. Biden joined a group of a dozen or so nuns who are starting a nationwide bus tour to urge people to vote. Biden's considering running for the top job in 2016, and his trip to Iowa follows Hillary Rodham Clinton's high-profile appearance Sunday at retiring Senator Tom Harkin's big annual fundraiser.

Biden: Troops not needed now, but will reassess
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is apparently leaving the door open to U.S. ground troops helping Iraqi security forces repel Islamic State militants. During a visit to a neighborhood cafe in Des Moines, Biden was asked if he agreed with comments Tuesday by General Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. military officer. Dempsey told a congressional committee that American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces if President Barack Obama's current strategy of expanded air strikes fails. Referring to Dempsey, Biden replied that Dempsey's "conclusion is that it is not needed now." Biden added: "We'll determine that based on how the effort goes." The White House has repeatedly rejected the possibility of sending U.S. troops into Iraq for combat missions.

It's personality versus policy in Iowa Senate race
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The race for Iowa's open Senate seat could be dubbed the Resume versus the Personality. Democrat Bruce Braley is focusing on policy in his bid to win the contest and his recent television ads have featured others talking about the four-term congressman's record. He doesn't appear in the ads himself. His Republican opponent Joni Ernst has built her campaign around telling voters her story as a down-home farm girl and military veteran. A poll of likely Iowa voters released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University showed Ernst leading Braley 50 percent to 44 percent. The poll — which had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points — was the first recent survey to show Ernst with such a lead. Other recent polling has shown the two closely locked.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

 

Nebraska News

 

Doctors expect Nebraska Ebola patient to recover

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Doctors in Nebraska treating a U.S. doctor battling the Ebola virus say they now expect him to make a full recovery. Fifty-one-year-old Rick Sacra contracted Ebola while working at a hospital in Liberia. He's been hospitalized in Omaha since September 5th. Doctor Phil Smith is the medical director of the Nebraska Medical Center isolation unit where Sacra is being treated. Smith said Wednesday that an initial set of blood samples from Sacra sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed a decreased amount of the virus in his blood Doctors are now awaiting results of a second set of blood samples. Doctor Angela Hewlett, associate medical director of the unit, says there must be two negative blood tests done 24 hours apart for Sacra to be released.

Heineman: Gale was right to allow ballot switch

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Governor Dave Heineman says Nebraska's secretary of state was right to allow Republican governor candidate Pete Ricketts to swap running mates on the November ballot. Heineman said Wednesday that allowing the switch will help avoid voter confusion, and he noted that the ballots haven't been printed yet. His comments came after Secretary of State John Gale announced that Ricketts could replace former Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann with State Auditor Mike Foley on the ballot. Ricketts requested the change even though a September 1st deadline to commit to a running mate had passed. Heidemann resigned from office and withdrew from the race last week after a judge approved his sister's request for a protection order. Gale and Heineman are Republicans. Ricketts is running against Democrat Chuck Hassebrook.

Heineman says Legislature missed budget deadline

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Governor Dave Heineman says he's received budget requests from virtually every agency in state government, but he's waiting for one straggler: the Nebraska Legislature. Heineman criticized lawmakers Wednesday for missing Monday's statutory deadline to submit a request for operating expenses, including salaries and benefits. Heineman says his office hasn't received anything from the Legislature's Executive Board, which has scheduled a meeting Friday to approve its request. Legislative staffers say it's ready, but they needed time to convene committee members, and they notified Nebraska's budget office that it would arrive late. Heineman says he called attention to it because of recent criticism of Secretary of State John Gale. Gale allowed Republican Pete Ricketts to change his gubernatorial running mate after a September 1st deadline. Senator Ernie Chambers called the switch illegal.

Heineman: Trade centers in China, Japan worthwhile

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Governor Dave Heineman says state-sponsored trade centers in China and Japan have proven their worth to Nebraska and ought to be continued to help local businesses expand into Asian markets. Heineman said Wednesday that the centers play a long-term role in building business relationships in Asia. His remarks came after he announced that Nebraska has been chosen to host the U.S.-Japan Association's 50th annual conference in September 2018. Each center costs the state around $125,000 a year. Dacia Kruse, the Department of Economic Development's acting director, says Nebraska businesses help cover some of the costs of each center. Melissa Ross, marketing director for Oxbow Animal Health, says the Japanese center has helped her Murdock-based company bridge the cultural gap that foreign companies sometimes encounter in Asia.

Nebraska officials release inmate after lawsuit

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials have agreed to release an inmate who was sent back to prison amid questions about miscalculated sentences. The Nebraska Attorney General's Office said Wednesday that David Amesbury qualified for time already served and should be released immediately. Amesbury was originally released from prison in 2012 after serving more than 10 years. He was rounded up in June amid questions of whether hundreds of inmates were released early from prison. Amesbury filed a lawsuit challenging his return to prison. The Omaha World-Herald reports his attorney argued that Amesbury was given an illegal sentence because a judge improperly gave him a separate sentence for a habitual criminal charge. Amesbury's release marks the second time state officials have released an inmate rounded up in June.

Nebraska health insurance cost dispute unresolved

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A major Nebraska health insurer remains unable to come to terms with one of the state's biggest medical networks, so thousands of people are either facing significantly higher costs or changing doctors. No talks have been held since the contract between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and Catholic Health Initiatives expired September 1st. The expired contract covered all CHI Health hospitals in Omaha, Schuyler and Plainview. It also includes hospitals in Lincoln, Grand Island, Kearney and Nebraska City affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives. Blue Cross says CHI Health, which used to be Alegent Creighton Health, routinely charges 10 to 30 percent more than other Omaha hospitals. CHI Health says those figures are misleading and its total cost of treatment is lower even if certain services cost more.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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