RAPID CITY TEACHERS
Rapid City School Board imposing teacher contract
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Rapid City School Board is imposing its final contract offer to teachers after months of negotiations failed to produce an agreement.
Rapid City Education Association President Sue Podoll says the teachers union decided it wasn't worth continuing the fight. But she says the imposed contract will mean less take-home money for many teachers.
The contract includes a 3 percent salary increase, a 2 percent one-time bonus and a 9.4 percent increase in teachers' health insurance premiums.
Podoll says the fact that the school district has dozens of unfilled positions is directly related to poor compensation.
Superintendent Tim Mitchell says the district has to do what it can with the limited resources it has. He says the district is using $6 million in reserves to cover its next budget.
SD man sentenced for scissor attack in ND
WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - A South Dakota man has been sentenced to six years in prison for attacking a female store clerk with a pair of scissors in the southeastern North Dakota city of Wahpeton.
KFGO radio reports that Judge Brad Cruff called 21-year-old Christopher Yellow Earrings a "time bomb" as he imposed the sentence on Wednesday.
Authorities say they think the Peever, South Dakota, resident was high on drugs when he attacked the employee at a Family Dollar store in Wahpeton in May 2013. The clerk suffered a wound that required stitches and a police officer suffered a cut hand in the incident.
Yellow Earrings said in court that he does not remember what happened. He pleaded guilty to terrorizing, reckless endangerment and preventing arrest in a deal with prosecutors.
JAMAICAN LOTTERY SCAM
First plea agreements signed in lottery scam case
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Three people have agreed to plead guilty in a Jamaican Lottery Scam targeting elderly victims in the Dakotas and elsewhere.
More than two dozen people have been indicted in the federal case being tried in North Dakota. The defendants induced people throughout the United States to send millions of dollars to them to cover fees for lottery winnings.
Shannon O'Connor, James Simpson and Mikael Gillette all signed plea agreements this week to conspiracy charges. They each face a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.
Court documents show that O'Connor cashed three checks written by an 83-year-old Harvey, North Dakota, widow worth $65,000.
One of the defendants in the case is prominent Jamaican disc jockey Deon-ville O'Hara, also known as ZJ Wah Wa. He has pleaded not guilty.
Musicians insulted by Sioux Falls center's offer
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Some Sioux Falls musicians say it's insulting to be urged to play for free at the Denny Sanford Premier Center's soft-opening event.
Officials with the city and the SMG company that's managing the $117 million facility put out a call to artists this week, looking for local bands and entertainers to perform at a two-day public open house in mid-September. The officials say preference will be given to acts that don't require compensation. They cite a limited budget.
Thomas Hentges, who performs as Burlap Wolf King, tells the Argus Leader newspaper that the request for artists to donate their time shows the officials don't value local musicians.
SMG General Manager Terry Torkildson says no insult was intended, and he's surprised by the reaction from artists.
SYMPHONY STATEHOOD CONCERT
Orchestra plans statehood performance in Capitol
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Classical music lovers can mark South Dakota's 125th anniversary of statehood and see what the state says will be the first full orchestra performance in the Capitol with more than 50 members.
The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra will perform the free concert on Saturday, Nov. 1, in Pierre on the eve of the date President Benjamin Harrison signed the proclamation admitting South Dakota to the Union.
The event will also include the rededication and lighting ceremony for the newly restored stained glass in the Capitol.
Ticketing information and the availability date for reserving seats will be made in the future. Standing room only will be available on the marble grand staircase and in the balconies above the rotunda floor.
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