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A uranium mining company, Powertech, has spent over a decade seeking permits to extract uranium from the Inyan Kara aquifer in the Southern Black Hills near Edgemont.

The Environmental Protection Agency just wrapped up several hearings in and around the Black Hills on permits for the project.

Officials with the company say 20 percent of electricity in the US is nuclear energy powered by imported uranium.

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Many Americans are going to be on the move this Memorial Day weekend. Experts say traveler numbers could reach the highest point in over a decade.

AAA projects over 39 million Americans are travelling more than 50 miles for Memorial Day. This is one million more than last year and the highest numbers since 2005. This is the third consecutive year travelling numbers are projected to see growth.

That forecast comes despite higher gas prices. More than 88% of travelers are expected to drive, with gas prices being higher than last Memorial Day.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 18, 2017 Show 96 Hour 1

Earlier this year Rapid City Regional Hospital announced they’d no longer accept patients suffering from mental illness when they’re at capacity.

Instead, they would go to jail.

That’s causing the hospital, Pennington County Sheriff’s office and Rapid City police department, among various other organizations, to come up with other solutions to tackle the issue.

The West River Behavioral Health Alliance held its second meeting Wednesday to discuss what options are on the table.

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In The Moment ... May 17, 2017 Show 095 Hour 1

Brooke Gladstone is a Peabody-award-winning journalist and host of “On the Media.” She joins us to discuss her newest book, “The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time.” It’s a conversation about living in our personal “bubbles,” how stereotypes impact our worldview, and how a consensus regarding reality was always more vulnerable than we thought.

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In the Moment ... May 17, 2017 Show 095 Hour 1

Jonathan Ellis and Denise Ross tackle the top political stories of the week. Today we talk the political impact of low sales tax revenues and more.

Walter Brooks is a member of the Board of Directors for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation and Visitor’s Center in North Omaha. He visits Vermillion this week for the cultural series at the historic AME Allen Chapel. We talk about the compelling history of one of the nation’s complex civil rights activists.

Three Hurt in Buggy Accident

May 17, 2017
South Dakota Department of Public Safety

An auto accident involving a horse drawn buggy has left three injured. Officials say there are no clear rules when dealing with buggies.

The Department of Public Safety says a car struck a buggy Sunday night in Hutchinson County. The two met at a highway intersection north of Tripp. The buggy pulled into the intersection and was hit by the car. The three buggy passengers were ejected. Two individuals are being treated for non-life threatening injuries while a 20 year old woman was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital for major injuries.

Johnson Kicks Off Congressional Campaign

May 17, 2017
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A candidate for South Dakota’s lone US House seat is kicking off his campaign with three stops in the state.

Former Public Utilities Commission head, and one-time chief-of-staff for Governor Dennis Daugaard, Dusty Johnson, says he wants to change the tone in Washington.

Johnson says the political rhetoric in the country does not lend itself to getting things done.

Johnson is poising himself to run an optimistic campaign for next year, leading up to the 2018 June primary.

He admits it’s a style that most candidates don’t take.

PS012: The Potluck Society: Space To Dream

May 16, 2017
Photo by Kylee Leonetti.

 

Welcome back to the Potluck Society! I'm your host, Hugh Weber, and I'm so glad to see you.

In this week's episode, we talk with storyteller and designer, Steven Chaparro of Visioneering Studios. He talks about story, space and how our built environment can create change. I hope you'll enjoy!

 

If you have thoughts about how to improve our program or stories that you believe deserve to be shared, I hope you'll drop us a note with your recommendations. You can send those emails to potluck@hughweber.com!

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In The Moment ... May 16, 2017 Show 094 Hour 2

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