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New Felony Charges for Gear Up Trio

New Felony charges have been laid against three people after further investigation into the financial conduct of Gear Up directors or employees.

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Gear Up, Westerhuis and Phelps Role in New Government Report

Sources say Scott Westerhuis, Stacey Phelps and a subsidiary of Mid Central Educational Cooperative were a part of the flow of money.

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Audit: State Should Have Addressed GEAR up Grant Risks

A state auditor says the Dept of Ed should have seen the potential for conflicts of interest at the cooperative that managed South Dakota's GEAR UP grant.

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Educational Co-Op Releases Audit for GEAR up Program

An educational cooperative that oversaw a college-readiness program under investigation is touting positive findings from an audit of its involvement.

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Former GEAR up Program Administrator Resigns from Co-Op

A man involved in administering a Native American college-readiness program under scrutiny in South Dakota has resigned.

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State Maintaining Grants with Platte Educational Cooperative

South Dakota's education chief says a financial examination hasn't found issues with an educational cooperative's administration of federal grants.

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Schopp: GEAR up Reviews Didn’t Spot Financial Crimes

State education official says a cooperative that administered the GEAR UP college-readiness grant had been under financial scrutiny for more than three years.

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Study Says South Dakota Is One of the Worst States in the Nation for Government Corruption

A new study gives South Dakota a very poor ranking when it comes to government corruption.

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Audit Department Examining Grants, Contracts Beyond GEAR Up

The Dept of Legislative Audit has outlined to lawmakers nearly 2 dozen grants and contracts with Mid-Central Educational Cooperative that are under assessment.

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Opportunity Lost or Due Dilligence as State Government Pores Over Benda Case

It has been over 9 months since it was first revealed that improprieties existed regarding the EB-5 program in South Dakota.  Fine details on the wrongs within are slow in coming.

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