PIERRE—State Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday his office wasn't investigating Scott Westerhuis prior to the killings of his family and himself last week. Jackley said the state Department of Education and the state Department of Legislative Audit hadn't previously reported to his office any allegations or evidence of criminal activity involving Westerhuis. "They didn't tell us anything," Jackley said. He said all he knew about the audit came from a passing conversation with a news reporter in May. Westerhuis was business manager for Mid Central Education Cooperative in Pla
PIERRE -- State officials confirmed Tuesday that authorities are now investigating the finances of a Platte man who allegedly killed his wife and their four children before shooting himself last week. Scott Westerhuis was business manager for Mid-Central Education Cooperative based at Platte. Nicole Westerhuis also worked for the cooperative.
PIERRE — The public cost was unfortunate, but necessary, in dealing with Annette Bosworth for the frauds committed in gathering signatures for her U.S. Senate candidacy petition. Same for Clayton Walker's frauds, when he put fictional signatures on his U.S.
PIERRE—South Dakota legislators didn't bill taxpayers for the trip they recently made to Washington, D.C., when they delivered an anti-abortion resolution from the Legislature to the U.S. Supreme Court clerk. Three Republican members from the state House of Representatives — Roger Hunt, of Brandon, Lynne DiSanto, of Rapid City and Kris Langer, of Dell Rapids — went Tuesday to the Supreme Court. The resolution, sponsored by Hunt and approved by big margins in the House and the Senate last winter, calls for the justices to reconsider the 1972 Roe v.
PIERRE — A South Dakota Lottery Commission member who is a former state lawmaker once again has cautioned other commission members that the Legislature might be less than welcoming to spending more on advertising for video lottery. Jim Putnam, of Armour, who served a total of 26 consecutive years in either the House or the Senate, said lottery officials must be able to show that spending the public's money on advertising is a sound business practice for the state agency. Putnam, now 75, was appointed to a vacancy in the House on Oct. 2, 1987.
PIERRE — Teacher pay could benefit if video lottery establishments were allowed to produce more revenue for state government, a South Dakota Lottery Commission member suggested Thursday. Doyle Estes, of Hill City, offered the idea during the commission's meeting at the Capitol.
PIERRE—Ending what had become a 10-year stalemate, the State Railroad Board chose a different party to run the defunct Napa-Platte line Wednesday. Board members voted 4-1 to give Dakota Southern Railroad a 60-day lease, effective Monday, and directed the state Department of Transportation to assemble a 20-year contract. The decision opens the way for a $35 million elevator complex and rail hub planned by Dakota Plains Ag Center to be constructed on 27 acres in northern Yankton County. The site is part of a proposed 196-acre industrial park on which Dakota Plains and Dakota Southern ha
PIERRE—Belle Fourche, the Aberdeen Development Corp. and a rural-loan fund received approval for grants Tuesday from the state Board of Economic Development. The board also approved a state loan of $4,185,000 to Showplace Wood Products, a Harrisburg-based cabinetry maker. Aberdeen Development Corp.
PIERRE — The state Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council agreed Friday to consider some major changes for 2017 or after. State Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman suggested allowing employers' tax rates to automatically fluctuate with the financial strength of the UI fund. Under the current system, specific action is needed by the Legislature to change the tax rates.
PIERRE— Sioux Falls might become the second South Dakota community to receive an exemption from South Dakota's cap on nursing-facility beds. The state Health Department proposes an exemption for the Sioux Falls area.