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Here are the most important news stories in South Dakota today:
- An inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls assaulted a food service worker on Sunday morning. The attack occurred in the meat cooler in the kitchen of the Jameson Annex, and the inmate was found putting the employee in a chokehold. The employee was taken to a local hospital, and the Jameson Annex is currently on lockdown. The Department of Corrections confirmed this as an ongoing investigation. Source: Dakota News Now
- Two people from Rapid City and another from Edgemont were arrested in Wisconsin, charged with kidnapping a minor. The arrests followed the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl in Indiana. Law enforcement rescued the girl and arrested the three South Dakotans. They are now in the Iowa County, Wisconsin, jail and will likely be extradited to Indiana to face the kidnapping charge. Source: KOTA
- South Dakota continues to rank 49th in the nation for teacher pay. Despite a funding influx in 2016 that initially raised teacher pay, the state has since fallen back in the rankings. Source: KORN News Radio
- Governor Kristi Noem proposed a 4 percent increase to school funding during her budget address earlier this month. This proposed increase is seen as a positive step, considering South Dakota’s low ranking for teacher pay. Source: South Dakota Searchlight
- South Dakota State University’s basketball team, the Jackrabbits, defeated North Dakota in their Summit League opener with a significant lead. The victory marked their 16th consecutive win over North Dakota. Source: AllSides