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4:07 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Lawmakers Override One Veto On Final Day

State Lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 136 in the final day of the Legislative Session.

The bill deals with a somewhat obscure tax that is placed on those who are annexed into a municipality while also on a rural electric system.    

Lawmakers in support of the legislation say the tax has been in place for 20 years,  but a recent change in Department of Revenue policy ended up an unfair tax burden in these unique cases.

For those like Republican State Representative Thomas Brunner this is an issue of tax fairness.

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Environment
3:52 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: Getting Ready for Spring Garden Season

Tulips
Credit John O'Neill

With temperatures in the 70s early this week and tulips popping up, it's starting to feel like spring throughout South Dakota.

Norm Evers of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about watering trees, caring for fig trees, planting cherry trees and repairing brown patches in lawns.

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Environment
3:30 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Stand-up Economist' Yoram Bauman

Yoram Bauman
Credit Jon Stahl

As the self-described “world’s first stand-up economist,” Yoram Bauman has made a career out of economics humor,  performing his act in comedy clubs, professional conferences and colleges. He's also the co-author of three cartoon textbooks: The Cartoon Introduction to Microeconomics, The Cartoon Introduction to Macroeconomics and The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change.

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News
2:39 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Veto on Senate Bill 159 Stands

State Senators upheld the Governor’s veto on Senate Bill 159. The bill exempts VFW and American Legion baseball coaches from sales and use tax. Proponents say the coaches are not paid well and the tax is a burden. But opponents, like Senator Larry Tidemann say exemption is unfair.

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News
2:38 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Senators Uphold Veto on Senate Bill 100

Lawmakers failed to overturn a veto by the Governor on Senate Bill 100. The measure creates a leased residential property classification. Proponents say it allows for the gathering of data to address housing issues. Senator Deb Peters is a prime sponsor of the bill.

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News
2:23 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Farm Bureau President Visits Vatican

St. Peter's Square in Vatican City
Credit Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke had an audience with Pope Francis last Wednesday. He was one of the organization's five state presidents meeting with the Pope following a week long series of meetings with Vatican officials in advance of an international symposium scheduled in Milan in June on faith, food and the environment.

Only two other members of the group were allowed close enough to shake hands and greet the Pope, but Sombke says it was still a moving experience to be near him at St. Peter's Square a few days before Holy Week.

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News
8:58 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Students Give Back By Offering Free Tax Help

Leah Shockey and Dr. Liz Diers
Credit Amy Varland

Elderly and low-income tax payers are getting free help preparing their tax returns through an IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). Students at Black Hills State University in Spearfish are participating in the program and applying what they’ve learned in the classroom to help out members of their community.
 
 

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Politics
1:31 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Effort Started To Put Two SD Senate Bills On Ballot

Credit Kealey Bultena

Two bills passed by the legislature this session could see a challenge from voters in 2016 if the efforts to put them on the statewide ballot succeed.

Opponents to Senate Bills 69 and 177 submitted their intent to circulate petitions to the Secretary of State.
 
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports that the issues deal with the minimum wage for teenagers and independent candidates who want to run for office.

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News
5:20 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

KKK Incision Trial: Rapid City Regional Health Prevails

Anthony Broadman, attorney for Vernon Traversie, gives a statement after the trial. Broadman is with the firm Galanda Broadman in Bend, Ore., and Seattle.
Credit Photo by Victoria Wicks

The federal jury has sided with Rapid City Regional Health in a civil case alleging that hospital employees were racially discriminatory in their treatment of a Native heart patient. Vernon Traversie, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, alleged that someone at the hospital carved the letters “K-K-K” onto his abdomen, handled him roughly, refused him pain medication, and didn’t prepare him adequately for aftercare. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks has followed this case since the allegations emerged.

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Science
5:16 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Innovation: Dr. Steven Powell on Immunotherapy

Dr. Steven Powell, with Sanford Health discusses how researchers are looking at immunotherapy as a way to fight cancer.  Immunotherapy develops treatments to harness your immune system and use your own immune system to fight the cancer.

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Arts
3:03 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Lynn, Coffey & Reinartz / Chris Champion

(From left) Dalton Coffey, Jami Lynn and Andrew Reinartz.
Credit www.naterecording.com

Singer/songwriter Jami Lynn (guitar and banj0) began a collaboration with Dalton Coffey (dobro) and Andrew Reinartz (bass) last fall.  The fruits of their labor is a ten track CD of original music called "Fall Is a Good Time to Die."  The CD is set for release at a pair of concerts: April 10 at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish and April 11 at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.  "Fall Is a Good Time to Die" was recorded at Dalton Coffey's Sioux Falls studio.  It was mixed in Nashville by Ed Faris, an artist who is know for his work with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.  The trio of L

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Science
1:48 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Innovation: Dr. Keith Miskimins Discusses Cancer Research In His Lab

Dr. Keith Miskimins – Senior Scientist and Director of the Cancer Biology Research Center at Sanford Research.  His lab is currently looking at the Translation control of tumor suppressor protein p27Kip1 in normal and cancer cells.  p27 is an inhibitor of cell cycle progression that is commonly down regulated in cancer cells.

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News
11:07 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Pine Ridge Hemp Farm May Sprout Again

Industrial hemp farming may be returning to the Pine Ridge Reservation.
 
In 1998, the Oglala Sioux Tribe legalized hemp with a requirement that the plants have very low levels of T-H-C so they would not have any effects of the drug marijuana.  
 
But when Oglala Sioux Tribal member Alex White Plume planted a hemp crop on his land, it was raided by DEA agents and White Plume spent years battling the issue in federal court.
 

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News
1:05 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Jury Deliberates "KKK" Scar Case

About three and a half years ago, Vernon Traversie first reported that someone at Rapid City Regional Hospital carved the letters “KKK” on his abdomen. Now a federal jury is deliberating his civil claim. The trial started Monday, and Thursday afternoon the case went to the jury.

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News
4:52 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Sioux Falls: State Of The City

Mayor Mike Huether delivers his State of the City address. / March 25, 2015
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The mayor of Sioux Falls is laying out a list of accomplishments and areas he sees need improvement. Mayor Mike Huether detailed the two sides in Thursday’s State of the City presentation.

An invocation in Sanskrit starts Thursday’s special meeting of the Sioux Falls City Council. Mayor Mike Huether presents his perspective on the State of the City. Huether praises leaders for supporting projects like the events center and indoor pool. He says leaders must focus on preserving and improving infrastructure.

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Arts
3:07 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Union Grove Pickers Release New CD

Union Grove Pickers
Credit Union Grove Pickers

According to Josh Rieck, it's difficult to put the Union Grover Picker's music into any category, but Americana seems to fit best. The Sioux Falls acoustic band is out with a new CD, Scattered and Sown. The five members of the group recorded the album in January and February. They're performing music from Scattered and Sown at a CD release show Saturday at 7 pm at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater. Union Grover Pickers members Josh Rieck and Travis Jamison joined Dakota Midday with some background on the band and the new CD.

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Health
2:47 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Cancer Research

Dr. David Pearce, president of Sanford Research
Credit Sanford Health

Next week, SDPB-TV airs the latest Ken Burns documentary, Cancer the Emperor of All Maladies. The three-part, six-hour series covers the first documented appearances of cancer thousands of years ago through today’s battles to cure, control and conquer the disease.

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Health
2:39 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Nuclear Medicine and Cyclotrons

Dr. Christopher Fischer
Credit Sanford Health

75 years ago, Canton, South Dakota native Ernest O. Lawrence accepted the Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention and development of the cyclotron particle accelerator. Among the uses of  the cyclotron today is in medicine to make relatively short-lived radioisotopes for imaging and research.

Dr. Christopher Fischer is a nuclear medicine specialist at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed the use of the cyclotron in nuclear medicine and cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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News
12:27 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

FEMA Allocates $250K For Non-Disaster Food & Shelter Assistance

Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The federal government is directing $250,000 to South Dakota to help people with food or shelter in emergencies. That is the same amount the state usually receives from FEMA. The grant money can be used for problems housing and food problems that aren’t related to disasters.

FEMA distributes Emergency Food and Shelter Program money based on a state’s current unemployment, food insecurity and poverty data. In South Dakota, that equates to the minimum amount FEMA can provide a state.

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Arts - Rapid City - Hub
7:07 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

ArtsRapidCity.org Hub For Area Art Events

Bob Oliver stopped by to try some Girl Scout cookies and wine - served by tasting room manager Michelle Pawelski at the Firehouse Wine Cellars' "Shamrocks & Sugar" event.
Credit Photo Jim Kent

Rapid City may be known as the Gateway to the Black Hills and hometown of The Rush hockey team. But it’s also gaining a reputation as a crossroads for arts, entertainment and cultural events.  

Arts-Rapid-City.org was established as an online arts calendar to educate the public about what’s happening in Rapid, when it’s happening and where to find it.

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day weekend and I’m in Rapid City for a traditional Irish celebration. In other words, a little wine and Girl Scout cookies. No…you heard right.

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Health
2:47 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Dakota Midday: Author Advocates Metabolic Theory of Cancer

The metabolic theory of cancer has been rejected by the scientific establishment, but in his book, Tripping Over the Truth, South Dakota author Travis Christofferson argues for taking a closer look at alternative cancer research. The metabolic theory is that cancer is not a genetic disease, but rather a disease of metabolism. Christofferson’s book looks at the history of cancer research over the last century.

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Health
2:32 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Dakota Midday: USD Texting and Driving Study

A new study by researchers at the University of South Dakota finds both men and women admit to texting while driving, but it’s harder to convince men that the practice is unsafe. The study “Gender differences in psychosocial predictors of texting while driving” was published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

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Politics
2:16 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

Governor Dennis Daugaard delivers his 2015 state of the state address
Credit Nate Wek SDPB

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the petition reform and youth minimum wage bills signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Other topics included FAA approval of a plan expanding a bomber training area and a new political action committee formed by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland.

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News
4:57 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

DUI Crash Victim's Father Reacts To Vehicular Homicide Sentence

The Spindler family stands at the sign marking Maegan Spindler's death. / March 23, 2015
Credit Gregg Spindler

The family of one victim in a violent car crash nearly two years ago says the punishment for the driver is insufficient. This week Ron Fischer, Junior was sentenced for vehicular homicide in two deaths. The judge ordered the maximum sentence, but the victim’s father says that isn’t enough.

In July of 2013, a drunk driver ran a stop sign near Pickstown, drove the minivan into a parking lot, and slammed into two people. US Fish and Wildlife workers 46-year-old Robert Klumb and 25-year-old Maegan Spindler both died in the gruesome crash.

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News
2:39 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Bob Mercer Makes Case For Release Of Benda Death Records

South Dakota political columnist Bob Mercer pleaded his own case Tuesday before the state Supreme Court. Mercer is suing the state’s Attorney General for release of the Richard Benda death investigation reports. The attorney general’s refusal to release those records was upheld last year by the Office of Hearing Examiners and by the Sixth Circuit Court.

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Health
2:38 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: Youth Football Brain Injury Risk Study

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, an estimated 2.4 million children and adults in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. The association sets aside every March as Brain Injury Awareness Month.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'James Baker - The Man Who Made Washington Work'

From the PBS documentary "James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work," James Baker and President Ronald Reagan on Air Force One during a 1982 trip to Chicago.

James Baker was the ultimate Washington deal maker. He served as President Ronald Reagan’s chief-of-staff and treasury secretary. He was also President George H. W. Bush’s secretary of state at the end of the Cold War and during the First Gulf War. But when the 4th generation Houston attorney was growing up, he was told to stay out of politics and believed it was a “scuzzy business.”

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News
1:59 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sioux Falls Citizen Survey

Downtown Sioux Falls
Credit Photo by Jon Platek

In a new survey of Sioux Falls residents released on Monday, 93 percent of people rank their neighborhoods as safe and 87 percent say their quality of life in the city is either good or excellent. Overall 93 percent of respondents say Sioux Falls is a good or excellent place to live and would recommend living in the city to other people. In January, 3,000 randomly selected Sioux Falls residents received a survey asking for their opinions of the city. About thirty percent were returned.

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News
12:17 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

SF Employees' Insurance Costs Steady

City of Sioux Falls Human Resources Director Bill O'Toole discusses how managers have kept health and dental costs steady over ten years. / March 24, 2015
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Health and dental insurance premiums for Sioux Falls employees are the same now as they were 10 years ago. The details are cumbersome, but officials cite three main reasons they have managed to avoid increases. Leaders say the situation is unusual and it probably won’t last long-term.

The health plan for the City of Sioux Falls has about $14 million in claims every year. Compensation and benefits manager says, despite that price tag, employees haven’t paid higher costs for coverage for a decade.

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