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Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in first debate

The first of three presidential debates is in the history books. A confident Republican challenger Mitt Romney greeted President Obama on the stage at the University of Denver Wednesday night. Analysts say Romney was particularly assertive in the 90-minute event and the economy dominated the debate. The candidates will debate twice again later this month.

Siouxlanders tune in to watch presidential candidates debate

Siouxlanders watched the debate at home and at political debate parties like one in Sioux City. Members of the Republican party gathered to see how their candidate, Mitt Romney, stacked up against the incumbent. More than a dozen attended the GOP event. A similar site with about 15 Obama supporters at a Democratic watch party. Voters said they liked what they heard about the President's plan for the middle class and taxes. One supporter said it was nice to hear the specifics of both candidate's plans on several issues.

UPDATE: Hyperion "committed" to building in Union County, SD

They've declined to renew options on the land, but Hyperion Energy says it still plans to build its $10 billion oil refinery in Union County, South Dakota. Lawyers on both sides made their case to the state's Supreme Court Wednesday about the refinery's contested air quality permit, but the biggest headline came after the hearing when Hyperion's vice president said the company is committed to building the project in Union County, South Dakota. Hyperion has until March of 2013 to start construction.

Pie throwing contest targets Camp High Hopes

A messy, but sweet way to help out a local charity. Briar Cliff University professors offered up their mugs for students to plunk down some cash to give them a pie to the face. For a buck a piece, students bought pies to launch at their favorite faculty member. In four hours, they raised more than $300 and threw more than 200 pies. That money will go to help out Camp High Hopes.

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