- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he has authorized the use of some extra money to help people in a heating assistance program deal with the high cost of propane.

Daugaard says propane prices in South Dakota have doubled to more than $4 a gallon in the past few weeks due a shortage caused partly by cold weather.

The governor says some people in the Low Income Energy Assistance Program could have trouble buying propane as their tanks run low. He says reserve money in the program will be used to help families who have less than $400 remaining in their assistance accounts.

For example, people with $400 remaining in their account could get an additional $400 so they can buy 200 gallons of propane at a cost of $800.

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