Does it pay to be a teacher in South Dakota? That's a hot topic in Pierre as lawmakers look at funding education.
South Dakota college grads carry a lot of school debt.
Multiple small school districts in the northeast part of the state are either planning or in the middle of building projects.
Students heading back to college this fall will save thousands in interest charges on their loans after they graduate once President Barack Obama signs into law a rare bipartisan compromise.
Interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford student loans doubled on Monday, from 3.4 to 6.8 percent after Congress left for its July Fourth break without reaching a deal. It'll cost the average college student an extra $2,600 in interest unless it's reversed.
Northern State University is dropping golf, tennis and a student service program and shifting the money for those programs to other priorities.
A professor of civil and environmental engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology plans to give something back now that he's retiring.
Cargill Inc. has donated $580,000 to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology's chemical and biological engineering department.
Students in Spearfish are set to get more than $230,000 in new technology next school year.
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