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The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the 200-year sentence of Paul Dean Jensen. The prison inmate was 14 when he murdered Michael Hare in Fort Pierre 20 years ago.

Jensen was sentenced to life without possibility of parole, the only penalty available to him at the time. After the U.S. Supreme Court found mandatory life sentences for juvenile murderers to be unconstitutional, Jensen came up for a new sentence hearing in June last year.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports this latest development in an ongoing story.

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Every ten years state lawmakers must draft new boundaries for state legislative districts. Observers say as population grows in more urban areas, Sioux Falls may receive another legislative district in 2021, following the census.

State Senator Jim Bolin loves to talk demographic and population shifts in South Dakota.

“I’ve crunched some numbers on this," Bolin says. "It’s kind of my hobby…”

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A Nebraska commission is not renewing liquor licenses for stores along the South Dakota border near Pine Ridge. The town of Whiteclay has fewer than one dozen residents. Four businesses there sell millions of cans of beer each year. The liquor licenses expire at the end of the month, but the beer stores may stay open.

Native Americans from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota drink beer in Whiteclay, Nebraska. Witnesses say people who get drunk there urinate in public, assault others, and pass out on the streets.

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Each week on Wednesdays, we invite some of the top political journalists in the state to join us as part of the Dakota Political Junkies. Today we have Seth Tupper from the Rapid City Journal and Jonathan Ellis, from the Argus Leader. We talk about early indicators for the tone of the 2018 race for governor and more.

April is National Poetry Month. Today we celebrate with a few of the Dakota Women Poets. 

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The University of South Dakota continues its three week event, "Human Cargo: Trafficking in the 21st Century," sponsored by the Criminal Justice and International Studies programs. Tonight at 6 p.m. the program looks at challenges close to home with a conversation about sex trafficking in South Dakota. Kevin Koliner is Assistant US Attorney for South Dakota. 

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The Sweet-16 format is one step closer to becoming ‘the law of the land’ for all classes of high school basketball in South Dakota.

On Tuesday, the board of the South Dakota High School Activities Association passed proposals for the new format in both Class AA and Class B.

The Class AA sweet-16 format for basketball passed the activities board with a 6-3 vote, while the Class B proposal passed 8-1.

Later in the day, the board also passed the same proposals with high school volleyball.

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This summer state lawmakers will take a closer look at a South Dakota Supreme Court ruling on the use of non-meandered waters.

A 15-member commission will set out to define recreational use of non-meandered waters and look at legislation that’s been proposed in the past.

Under South Dakota law, the state manages water in trust for public use.

But a recent Supreme Court decision ordered Game, Fish and Parks to remove boat ramps providing access to non-meandered bodies of water over private land… That is unless the legislature clarifies otherwise.

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Meghann Jarchow is coordinator for the Sustainability Program at the University of South Dakota. Earth Day events across the nation bring awareness and action to today’s environmental challenges as well as highlighting solutions. Jarchow joins us to preview community Earth Day efforts in Vermillion.

Chris Laughery

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“Vietnam Vets: Still Coming Home” is a monumental book that chronicles the monumental lives (as well as the mundane details) of Vietnam veterans before, during, and after the war. Joining us today in the studio are photographer Steve Feimer and Larry Tentinger.

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, an old friend from Greenville, South Carolina stops by. Geno Church, Creative Director at Brains on Fire, is known for his movements built on word-of-mouth marketing, but this week we take a conversational journey that's personal and profound in its search for greatness. I hope you'll enjoy!

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