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Board approves tuition increase for tech school students

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Technical Education has approved a slight tuition increase at the state’s four technical institutes for the upcoming school year. The board voted Tuesday for the $2-per-credit hour increase, which officials anticipate will generate roughly $355,000 in additional revenue. The board says students will pay $116 per credit hour in state…

Fair housing advocates sue Facebook, alleging discrimination

NEW YORK (AP) – Fair housing advocates have sued Facebook, saying it lets landlords and real estate brokers target advertising to discriminate against families with children, women and others. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in New York federal court by the National Fair Housing Alliance and other organizations. It comes as Facebook faces criticism over allegations British political consulting firm…

Iowa sex offender convicted of new child pornography crimes

TIPTON, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa faces up to 240 years in prison when he’s sentenced for producing child pornography involving a prepubescent child and for trading child pornography. A jury convicted 40-year-old Christian Hansen, of Tipton, on Friday of multiple child sexual exploitation and child pornography counts. He’ll be sentenced at a later date. Prosecutors say Hansen was…

Apple unveils educational app at school event

CHICAGO (AP) – Apple is rolling out a new educational app and giving away extra online storage to teachers and students in an attempt to reclaim some of the ground that it has lost in U.S. classrooms. The additional features announced Tuesday include an app called “Schoolwork” that is designed to help teachers make assignments and monitor their students’ progress….

Iowa selects 5 cities for medical marijuana dispensaries

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state agency has offered licenses to three companies to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Tuesday it would allow medical marijuana sales in five Iowa communities. Dispensaries would be operated in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Davenport, Waterloo and the Des Moines suburb of Windsor Heights. Patients will…

Edmunds County commission repeals turkey barn building permit

IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) – The Edmunds County Commission has rescinded a turkey barn building permit so it can be reconsidered at a Wednesday planning and zoning meeting. The American News reports the decision came during a Monday public hearing sparked by a petition appealing the building permit. The planning and zoning commission granted the permit earlier this month. Mary Curtis…

Court documents say boyfriend admitted firing fatal shot

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Court documents say the boyfriend of a pregnant teenager admitted to fatally shooting her in St. Paul, but said it was an accident. Luis Chacon-Villeda has not been charged in the death of 18-year-old Eileen Viveros-Varga on March 9. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says one of the search warrants filed in Ramsey County District…

Porcupine woman to plead guilty in beating death of toddler

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Pine Ridge Reservation woman accused of beating her 2-year-old son to death after he wet his bed has reached a plea deal with prosecutors. The Rapid City Journal reports 30-year-old Katrina Shangreaux, of Porcupine, is to plead guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 2-year-old Kylen Shangreaux in July 2016. She says in…

Beetles no longer epidemic in Black Hills National Forest

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Aerial surveys indicate that 4,700 acres of the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota and Wyoming were affected by mountain pine beetles last year. That’s higher than the 2,500 acres that were affected in 2016 but still below what the U.S. Forest Service considers an epidemic. The mountain pine beetle is native to the…

Lawmakers to study mental health, special ed

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Lawmakers will study access to mental health services in South Dakota and examine the costs at the state and local levels. The Legislature’s Executive Board voted Monday on topics to study ahead of the 2019 session. The panel also approved a study on the increasing need for special education in schools and how to adequately fund…

Tributes set to mark 2nd anniversary of Prince’s death

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) – A tribute fence will be installed at Prince’s famed music studio and home in Minnesota as officials prepare for fans returning on the second anniversary of the rock star’s death. The fence will be set up inside the grounds at Paisley Park , where Prince died from an accidental painkiller overdose on April 21, 2016. It…

State Senate sustains veto of changes to scholarship

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota senators have declined to override Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto of a bill that would have given home-schooled students another path to get a state scholarship. The Senate voted 21-10 Monday to overcome the veto, falling short of the two-thirds margin required. Republican Sen. Jack Kolbeck, the sponsor, says the bill sought to “create fairness.”…

Tuition assistance program bill veto sustained

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota representatives have voted not to override Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto of a bill that aimed to impose new requirements for college tuition assistance programs. Representatives voted 43-20 Monday to overcome the rejection, falling short of the two-thirds margin required for an override. It sought to require tuition assistance programs approved after July 1 to…

FTC confirms Facebook investigation on privacy

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook’s privacy practices following a week of privacy scandals including whether the company engaged in “unfair acts” that cause “substantial injury” to consumers. Facebook’s stock, which already took a big hit last week, plunged as a result. Facebook said in a statement on Monday that the company remains “strongly committed”…

South Dakota lawmakers gather to debate vetoes from governor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are returning to the Capitol to accept or override several vetoes from Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The Legislature meets Monday for the final day of the 2018 legislative session. The rejected measures they’ll debate include a bill that would give home-schooled students another path to get the state’s Opportunity Scholarship and a proposal to…

47-year-old Mitchell man pleads guilty to raping teen girl

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A 47-year-old Mitchell man faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a teenage girl. The Daily Republic reports that Steven Nichols pleaded guilty to fourth-degree rape in the January incident at a residence. Prosecutors in exchange for the plea dropped a first-degree rape charge. That means Nichols will face up to…

Deadwood gambling in February drops 7 percent from 2017

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – Gambling in Deadwood in February dropped 7 percent from the previous year, after seeing about a similar percent increase in January. Data from the South Dakota Commission on Gaming show that slot machine gambling was down by 6 percent and table game gambling dropped 12 percent. Deadwood Gaming Association Executive Director Mike Rodman says gambling operators…