South Dakota News

SD Regents to consider 5.7 percent average tuition increase
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Tuition and fees for South Dakota's six public universities will increase by an average of 5.7 percent for the upcoming school year if the state Board of Regents adopts the proposed hikes during its meeting next week. The board will begin meeting on Tuesday in part to discuss the hikes. Scarce state funds killed the prospect of another year of frozen tuition for on-campus resident students, which lawmakers put nearly $4 million toward during the 2014 legislative session. The tuition and fee hikes the Regents will consider range from 4.3 percent at Northern State University to 6 percent at South Dakota State University. The average cost of tuition and fees at a South Dakota public university for on-campus resident students for the upcoming year would be $8,377.66, up from $7,924.73.

Westra adds top state Republicans to group backing Jeb Bush
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota lawmaker who formed a group to back potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush is being joined by some top state legislators. Sioux Falls Republican Representative Steve Westra says Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave and seven others have signed on to his volunteer group. Westra says he has gathered hundreds of names, and his was the first group in the nation to urge Bush to run. The former Florida governor has not declared that he's going to run but is expected to announce in the coming weeks his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

BIA superintendent who was stabbed now in stable condition
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent who was stabbed Wednesday is in stable condition. Department of the Interior spokeswoman Nedra Darling says Patrick F. Duffy is looking forward to a full recovery. Duffy is the superintendent on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation and was attacked at BIA headquarters in Fort Thompson, which is about 60 miles southeast of Pierre. The BIA says its Office of Justice Services is continuing to investigate the attack. It said on Wednesday evening a suspect was in custody. Darling says the BIA and the Indian Health Service are providing counselling services to employees at the Crow Creek Agency. The agency will remain closed until Monday. As superintendent, Duffy oversees BIA facilities in Fort Thompson and manages tribal land.

In-home day care couple facing child abuse, drug charges
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An in-home day care operator and her husband have been indicted on child abuse and drug charges after police say they found methamphetamine at their home. The Argus Leader reports 33-year-old Jennifer Darger and 32-year-old Adam Darger were charged Wednesday in an eight-count indictment. Authorities allege in the indictment that the couple has been selling methamphetamine out of their child care center for the past year. Sioux Falls officials suspended Jennifer Darger's in-home license after the drug was discovered earlier this month. Jennifer Darger's teenage daughter told a counselor that the pair had been selling methamphetamine and that her mother recently relapsed into addiction. The daughter told authorities she was often asked to watch the children while her mother sold drugs.

State prison inmate dies in hospital after 'lengthy illness'
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 56-year-old state prison inmate has died in Sioux Falls following a 'lengthy illness.' The South Dakota Department of Corrections says Curtis Dosch passed away Thursday in a local hospital. Dosch was sentenced to a suspended prison term of 28 years in 2007 after being convicted of third-degree burglary, grand theft and multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance. His first chance at parole would have been in February of 2020. Corrections spokesman Michael Winder says further details about Dosch's illness cannot be released because of medical privacy laws.

Animal anthrax confirmed in 2 heifers in Stanley County
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's state veterinarian says animal anthrax has killed two young cows in Stanley County. Doctor Dustin Oedekoven tells the Mitchell Daily Republic that the 11-month old replacement heifers died suddenly last week. Laboratory testing has confirmed the cause of death to be anthrax. South Dakota ranchers see a few cases of animal anthrax each year. The disease causes death in livestock quickly and without warning. This group of replacement heifers was not vaccinated but the rest of the herd has a good vaccination history. Typically, the only risk for humans from the disease in the U.S. comes from indirectly handling carcasses or fluids from affected livestock without protective clothing. Anthrax can be consumed through infected meat, but veterinarians say that isn't a concern in developed nations.

Rapid City man gets another 10 years for witness tampering
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man serving a 25-year sentence in prison for drug charges has bought himself another 10 years for tampering with a confidential informant. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says 43-year-old Derek Vice was sentenced on Thursday for conspiracy to commit tampering with a witness. Vice was sentenced to 25 years for distribution and possession of methamphetamine in August of 2012. He admitted to tampering with a confidential informant prior to trial. His new 10-year prison term will follow his existing 25-year sentence.

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