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High school students expand fundraising for injured trooper

RAPID CITY (AP) -- Some high school students in Rapid City have expanded their efforts to raise money for a Highway Patrol trooper severely beaten in a traffic stop assault.

 RAPID CITY (AP) - Some high school students in Rapid City have expanded their efforts to raise money for a Highway Patrol trooper severely beaten in a traffic stop assault.

The Rapid City Stevens' student council began collecting coins a few months ago to help out Zachary Bader, and now they're also selling T-shirts with a Superman logo and the words "Super Trooper Bader," KOTA-TV reported.

"We thought that would be a really cool idea," Stevens junior Lucas Ferdinand said.

The shirts sell for $10, with all of the money going to the Bader family. Members of the girls and boys basketball teams wore the shirts during warmups before their games Friday night and some fans had them on, too.

Bader was assaulted Oct. 24 while making a traffic stop on Interstate 90 east of Rapid City that authorities say ultimately led to the recovery of more than 50 pounds of marijuana, $33,000 in cash and a handgun.

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The husband and father of three little girls suffered skull and facial fractures and continues to recover. He said late last year that he plans to return to a law enforcement career but faces more surgery first.

Four Washington state residents are charged in the incident, including a man who's accused of attempted murder. All of the suspects have pleaded not guilty.

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