News

COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Schools have welcomed students back to classrooms but face a new challenge: a shortage of teachers and staff the likes of which some districts say they have never seen. Public schools have struggled for years with…

US sets the stage for COVID booster shots for millions

The U.S. vaccination drive against COVID-19 stands on the verge of a major new phase: Government advisers on Thursday recommended booster doses of Pfizer’s vaccine for millions of Americans. This, despite concern among some experts that the extra shots will…

Fire breaks out in Rapid Valley

UPDATE (2:00 p.m.): According to Rapid Valley Fire Department Fire Chief Joe Tjaden, the fire was contained at 110 acres. RAPID VALLEY, S.D. -- Multiple crews are responding to a fire near Rapid City Regional Airport. According to Rapid…

SD DOH: 587 total new COVID-19 cases, six deaths reported

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health's daily COVID-19 update showed 436 new confirmed cases in the state, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 123,506. 326 total cases of the B.1.617.2 - or Delta - variant…

RCAS substitute teachers get a pay raise

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Substitute teachers in the Rapid City Area Schools are getting a pay raise. With increased teacher and staff absences during the pandemic, coupled with staffing shortages, the school board approved a…

South Dakota Mines students create dating app

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Looks can be deceiving, especially in the online dating scene. Two graduates from South Dakota Mines are switching the focus from looks to laughter to help form lasting connections.…

Five B-21 Raider test aircraft in the works

PALMDALE, C.A. — At the Air Force Association's Air, Space, and Cyber Conference, the newly appointed Secretary of the Air Force announced that five B-21 Raiders are currently in the works. In his…

Oglala Tribe issues stay-at-home order due to COVID increase

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux Tribe is asking all tribal members on the Pine Ridge Reservation to shelter in place following a spike in COVID-19 cases. The initial stay-at-home order issued earlier this week by Oglala Vice…

RCAS launches COVID-19 dashboard

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Area Schools has launched their dashboard that will keep track of active COVID-19 cases. Beginning Wednesday, RCAS will no longer directly send COVID-19 notifications to parents email. Instead, parents will be able to find…

CDC panel tackles who needs booster shot of COVID vaccine

Influential government advisers are beginning to debate just which Americans should get an extra dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine — even though regulators haven't yet cleared the extra shots. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to rule soon on…

Mormon church to require masks in temples amid COVID surge

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that masks will be required inside temples to limit the spread of COVID-19. Church leaders said Wednesday that masks will be required temporarily in an…

Rapid City teenager identified as victim in weekend fatal crash

NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Public Safety has identified the victim in Saturday's fatal crash east of New Underwood. 15-year-old Olivia Newman of Rapid City was ejected from the vehicle after it left the roadway and…

Day 4 of search in Florida park for Gabby Petito's boyfriend

A Sarasota County Sheriff's Office deputy and a Sarasota County worker direct a truck carrying excavating equipment into the Carlton Reserve during a search for Brian Laundrie, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Venice, Fla. Laundrie is…