The world final of a computer programming competition is coming to Rapid City. The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) happens May 20-25, 2017. Groups of college seniors and first-year grad students use their computer skills and critical thinking abilities against the best from around the globe.

Richard Gowen is President of Excellence in Computer Programming, Inc. He discusses the caliber of the competition and its impact on people outside the computer science community.

Each person has different biological traits based on family lineage, and scientists are finding certain cultures and ethnic groups have unique biological traits. That information can change genetic research that aims to improves lives.

Mating Season For Prairie Chickens

May 12, 2017
Chynna Lockett

Every spring, Greater prairie chickens dance in the Grasslands hoping to find a mate. South Dakota is one of the few places where the birds still thrive. Viewing blinds are set up for 2 months in the Grasslands near Fort Pierre so spectators can watch the process and hear them sing.

It’s nearly 5 a.m. and stars fill the clear sky as cars start to arrive at the Fort Pierre Ranger District Office. Dan Svingen is the District Ranger. Inside, he points to two taxidermy birds hanging on the wall.

Frank Fairfield & Meredith Axelrod

May 12, 2017
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Frank Fairfield and Meredith Axelrod take listeners to a time before the microphone.  Fairfield hails from California's San Joaquin Valley.  He plays the fiddle, guitar and banjo, and his old timey vocals flow with culture and nostalgia.

The HillBenders Part 2 / Dusty Heart

May 12, 2017
The HillBenders

The HillBenders are featured with the second part of their concert at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  They perform some originals and a few of their favorite covers.  The HillBenders claimed the prize at the 2009 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition.  The band has gained critical acclaim for their "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry" recordings and performances.

The University of South Dakota

One of the premier high school basketball players in South Dakota is being allowed to continue her college career.  Rapid City’s Caitlin Duffy will receive a sixth year of eligibility to play at the University of South Dakota.  

Flooding Threats Minimal

May 11, 2017
National Weather Service

Citizens are reporting slight flooding across fields in eastern South Dakota. Officials say severe flooding is not likely in the area in the coming weeks.

National Weather Service officials say minor flooding is being reported on the lower Big Sioux River and on eastern farmland. This came from a combination of steady rainfall and snow in some areas. Officials say several dry days have brought soil moisture back to a more reasonable amount.

Flooding is caused when heavy rain is dumped on already wet soil. Water can start ponding in flat fields with little to no drainage.

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In The Moment ... May 11, 2017 Show 091 Hour 2

"Deadwood Pioneer: A Face From the Past" premiers on SDPB-TV on May 22nd at 9 p.m. Central, 8 Mountain. It’s the story of human remains discovered during a construction project in Deadwood and the five year investigation into the origins of the Deadwood Pioneer. Our guests are SDPB television producer Chad Anderson and Deadwood City Archivist Mike Runge.

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In The Moment ... May 11, 2017 Show 091 Hour 1

SDPB’s Steve Zwemke talks with NBC analyst and former NASCAR racer Kyle Petty. Petty rides through South Dakota for the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether addressed the media for an update on child pornography charges against the former fire chief Jim Sideras. For the latest on the investigation, SDPB's Kealey Bultena joins us live from our studio at the University of Sioux Falls.

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Aspiring nurses are researching vulnerable populations and brainstorming strategies to improve lives. University of Sioux Falls students examine vulnerable populations. Some teams consider solutions for children who are hearing impaired. Others develop a plan to deter college students from abusing alcohol. Hear from a nursing instructor about comprehensive patient care and learn about the vision these 20-somethings have for making the world a better place.

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