Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota governors call for end to shutdown

DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. (AP) - The governors of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota have urged federal lawmakers to end the partial government shutdown.  South Dakota's Dennis Daugaard, Nebraska's Dave Heineman and Iowa's Terry Branstad gathered in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota yesterday for their Tri-State Governors' Conference and discussed what the shutdown had done to their states. All three are Republicans.  Daugaard and Heineman said the shutdown's chief impact has been the loss of National Guard jobs.  Daugaard also said the uncertainty caused by the shutdown "is not helpful to any of our economies."  Heineman says both parties are at fault for the situation in Washington, and Branstad says President Barack Obama should stop attacking the Republican leadership in Congress, because that lessens chances of compromise.