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Senate Bill Eight

The Senate State Affairs Committee sends a bill reinforcing campaign funding limits to the full chamber.

South Dakota law allows four different campaign committees – ballot question, candidate campaign, political action, and political committees.

Democratic Senator Craig Kennedy of Yankton supports Senate Bill Eight. It’s a measure also backed by the Initiative and Referendum Task Force that met last summer. Kennedy says the legislation makes sure a campaign cannot create a way to raise more funds than what’s allowed.

On today's Techradio we talk about the Specter & Meltdown unpatch.  We pay respects to LISA, and talk about the YouTube/Twitch showdown.

Daugaard To Fill Supreme Court Vacancy In Summer

Jan 19, 2018

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he will appoint a justice to a looming vacant seat on the Supreme Court.

Justice Glen Severson will retire his seat in the summer. Daugaard is term limited this year.

Unlike the US Supreme Court, the state’s highest court must take every case appealed to it. Daugaard says the volume of cases grow every year. He says there’s a workload that must be handled.

Avera Leads International Lung Cancer Treatment Trial

Jan 19, 2018
Avera Health

The Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls is partnering with an international research organization for a ground-breaking study of lung cancer treatment. Members of the team believe this study could help eradicate metastatic cancer by 2025.

Dr. Vladimir Lazar is the founder of the World Innovative Networking Consortium (WIN). According to Dr. Lazar, 60% of lung cancer patients are first diagnosed after the cancer has metastasized. Less than 3% of those patients survive longer than five years after their diagnosis. 

In The Moment ... January 19, 2017 Show 259 Hour 1

SDPB's Chynna Lockett recently traveled with a group of Rapid City area community leaders to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. She joins In the Moment with more insight into the experience.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... January 19, 2017 Show 259 Hour 1

For 39 years , one South Dakota organization has helped people with visual impairments and mobility challenges take to the snow. John Skulborstad is on the board for Black Hills Regional Ski For Light.

We talk about the exhilaration and inspiration of the event.

2018 Black Hills Ski for Light Winter Event
January 22 - 25

In The Moment ... January 19, 2017 Show 259 Hour 1

This weekend marks the annual Burning of the Beetle in Custer, where residents take out their environmental frustrations on the man-made carcass of an enormous, fireworks-filled bug.

Hank Fridell and Paul Horsted are with Custer's Burning Beetle committee.

National Weather Service


The National Weather Service has issued a series of Winter Storm Watches for extreme southern South Dakota (see NWS map above).  Western counties fall under the watch Saturday, with counties in the southeast under a watch for Sunday into Monday.  Mike Fuhs with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says the advance notice shows the power of a system winding up off the Pacific Coast.

Kealey Bultena

The House Local Government Committee passes a bill eliminating an internet-connected device from being used in South Dakota elections. 

Kea Warne with the Secretary of State's Office testified in favor of House Bill 1013. 

UPDATE (8:52 AM Central Time, January 18): U.S. Senator Mike Rounds has issued a statement this morning announcing he will vote for the continuing resolution. He says he has "received assurances that legislation to adequately fund our troops will be considered in both the House and Senate in a timely manner." 

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through February 16th. The deadline to pass a funding measure is Friday by midnight. 


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