In the Moment ... June 21, 2017 Show 119 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross and Seth Tupper join us to talk about the top political headlines in the state. Today we tackle the Rapid City billboard debate, bentanine taxation, and the ongoing conversation between voters and lawmakers regarding voter-initiated ballot measures.

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In the Moment ... June 21, 2017 Show 119 Hour 1

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Thousands of soccer players and fans descend on Sioux Falls this weekend. The city hosts a regional youth soccer tournament. Organizers say no other sporting event in Sioux Falls has a larger economic impact. This isn’t the first time the city welcomes soccer teams from the region. Sioux Falls prepares for the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II Midwest Championships.

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Beef Products Incorporated's former general counsel took the witness stand for a third day Tuesday in the defamation trial between the company and ABC News.

ABC attorney Dane Butswinkas continued his cross-examination of David Jochum. Jochum is the former general counsel for BPI.

In a portion of Tuesday’s proceedings, Butswinkas asked Jochum about the labeling of BPI’s product at fast-food giant McDonald’s.

Debate On The State’s Ballot Measure Process Begins

Jun 20, 2017
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A legislative task force that’s taking a closer look at registered voters’ ability to pass legislation is taking public testimony Wednesday morning.

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In The Moment ... June 20, 2017 Show 118 Hour 2

Today the Sioux Falls Arts Council unveiled the results from a study about the economic impact of local arts and culture. Joining us with more, Kara Dirkson, executive director of the council.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... June 20, 2017 Show 118 Hour 1

Phil Baker is an institution in children's music in South Dakota. He's been entertaining kids and their families for more than 25 years. With his red guitar and upbeat lyrics, Phil Baker gets kiddos out of their seats and wiggling in the aisles. He's been all over the world and you can see him at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City this Friday at 10 mountain time. That's sponsored by the Rapid City Arts Council. Phil Baker joins us today in Sioux Falls.

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Witnesses from national grocery and agriculture firms are set to testify this week at the defamation trial between Beef Products Incorporated and ABC News. The plaintiff argues the network and correspondent Jim Avila disparaged its lean, finely textured beef product by using the term 'pink slime.' South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Jeremy Ludemann reports.

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A former BPI official says ABC News used the term ‘pink slime’ to rebrand the company’s lean, finely textured beef product.

Rich Jochum continued his testimony in Union County Court Tuesday. He’s the former general counsel for the Dakota Dunes-based meat company.

Jochum testified the series of ABC reports on BPI’s product had inaccuracies – including the report from March 9th.

In this story, ABC reporter Jim Avila described the responses the network received from grocery store chains about LFTB, including those who said they did not use BPI’s product:

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High-ranking members of the media and agriculture industries took the stand last week in the defamation case between Beef Products Incorporated and ABC. BPI accuses ABC of conducting a wrongful media campaign by using the term ‘pink slime’ to describe its lean, finely, textured beef product by using the term ‘pink slime’ in network news reports. The Dakota-Dunes based meat company is suing the network and correspondent Jim Avila and claims almost two billion dollars in damages. If BPI wins, that could be tripled under the South Dakota Agricultural Food Products Disparagement Act.


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