Cara Hetland

SDPB Radio Director

Cara Hetland is the Director of Radio for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. She has more than 20 years in public radio as a reporter and producer.  Cara is also host of the Friday In the Moment program Innovation.  She loves a good story and can’t wait to tell South Dakotan’s about it.  Cara also teaches media courses at the University of Sioux Falls and loves working with interns to develop their own style of storytelling.   Cara lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Daren and three daughters.  She is their number one fan whether it’s marching band, athletics or academics.

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A national group that advocates for state legislatures provided training centered on ethics, code of conduct and sexual harassment.

The House Judiciary Committee approves a bill adding several violent crimes to a list for parole calculation.

House Health and Human Services Committee is advancing a measure that allows counselors and therapists who hold licenses from other states to get a South Dakota license.

U.S. Education SEcretary Betsy DeVos approves South Dakota's plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

 

Jason Hancock, Director of South Dakota Legislative Research Council discusses changes and the role of the LRC.

The South Dakota House of Representatives is passing a bill that gives the LRC more time to draft and provide written comments for ballot measure petitions.

House STate Affairs Committee debates a bill creating a Citizens Initiative Review Commission.

 

The state wants to catch and prosecute any fraudulent gamblers and cheaters in Deadwood. Larry Eliason, Executive Secretary for South Dakota Commision on Gaming says there's a gap in state law.

The House State Affairs committee is passing a bill that seeks to clear up any confusion surrounding ballot measure questions. One critic says the change creates a system where a yes vote means no and vice versa.

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Mike Headley, Executive Director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority and the Lab Director at Sanford Underground Research Facility reflects on the accomplishments in 2017 and gives us a preview of what’s to come. 

We discuss the construction, the experiments, and what it takes to continue to do deep underground science when people don’t really understand what it is they’re doing.

Thomas Loveland, Chief Scientist at the USGS Earth Resource Observation and Science Center and co-chair for the Landsat Science Team. NASA and USGS have selected a new Landsat science team.  The team will serve for five years (through 2023). They will conduct scientific research on technical issues critical to the overall Landsat mission; evaluate the quality of data when Landsat 9 is launched (in the year 2020); and discuss future missions. 

Dr. Jose Teixeira – a cardiologist with Regional Health Heart and Vascular Institute discusses the Watchman device.  This is a new procedure in the Black Hills. The Watchman is an alternative for patients with AFib (not caused by heart valve problem) keeping patients off lifelong use of blood thinners. The implant reduces the risk of stroke and can eliminate regular blood tests as well as food/drink restrictions that come with taking blood thinners. 

Attorney General Marty Jackley says he wants legislation designed to restrict the supply of methamphetamine in South Dakota.  Jackley says there's a nationwide meth epidemic, and South Dakota lawmakers have a chance to lessen its effects in the state. 

South Dakota’s State Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson is pointing to the success of drug courts in reducing recidivism.  During his annual State of the Judiciary speech, Gilbertson called for similar courts for veterans and mental health.

Republicans in the South Dakota Legislature will consider several issues as part of their 2018 agenda. They hold a super majority in both the State House and Senate. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm of Platte says balancing the budget is at the top of the list. State Democrats want to advance legislation on campaign finance reform and economic development on Native American reservations in this year's session. 

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard delivers his final State of the State address to a joint session of lawmakers. He discusses workforce development, teacher salaries and extending the Open Waters Compromise.

Devon Riter currently works as a Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leader and focuses on the nonprofit Lower Brule Research. He will join a project next week as Zeke Prado, a science teacher in Lower Brule will attempt to break the Guiness World Record for the largest explosive bubble. 

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Robert Anderson, PhD. Is a professor in the nanoscience and nanoengineering graduate program at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He joins us to discuss the 2014 invention of the Lattice Light-Sheet Microscope (LLSM) by Nobel Laureate Eric Betzic. This device captures high-speed real-time 3D moving images from inside living cells without damaging them. There’s great potential for medical breakthroughs.

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Dr. Paul Miller, Orthopedic Surgeon at Regional Health. He will focus on three aspects of joint replacement that lead to same day procedures – pain management, implants and surgical technique.

Scott Wood, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nano Science and Engineering and Nano Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Laboratory at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  He joins us to discuss his research into arthritis and his efforts in finding a way to reverse joint damage.

Dr. Gareth Davies, Chief Scientific Officer of Avera Institute for Human Genetics and Casey Finnicum, Doctoral Research Intern discuss the Avera Twin Register and Studying the microbiome.

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Frank Strieder, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology associate professor, and principal investigator in the CASPAR project joins us to discuss the experiment. CASPAR stands for Compact Accelerator System for Performing Astrophysical Research. The team of researchers will recreate the nuclear fusion processes inside stars and will answer basic questions like How do stars runs? How do they produce energy? How are elements made? CASPAR is located in the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, SD. It’s one of two accelerators in the world.

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Biotechnology is a booming business, and South Dakota companies are competing with organizations around the globe. Local scientists pioneer medicine, agriculture, manufacturing, and research. We talk with a researcher-turned-business developer about what he sees for area investors and scientists. Christoph Bausch  is chief science officer for S-A-B Biotherapeutics in Sioux Falls. He grew up on a Nebraska farm, and his parents worked in medicine. Bausch says he left the Midwest to chase a science career at companies around the country.

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Bryan is a father of two children who have recently been diagnosed with Batten Disease. This is a fatal, inherited disorder of the nervous system. Bryan's two children are in a clinical trial in Ohio. We'll also talk with Sanford Health's Dr. Jill Weimer whose lab developed the experimental gene-therapy to treat the disease.

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago.  The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election.  The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing.  Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation.

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The USD Discovery District is South Dakota’s first live-work-play innovation community, an 80-acre contemporary corporate and academic research park under development in northwest Sioux Falls. Its goal is to spur innovation-driven business through specialized facilities and an environment that fosters interaction between businesses, students, researchers and entrepreneurs. Rich Naser, President of the District and Executive Director of the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship, gives Cara more details on the development.

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A national study examines whether medication approved for one cancer treats other forms of the disease.

Sanford Health locations are part of the clinical trial. It's called the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry Study (TAPUR).

Dr. Steven Powell is the principal investigator for Sanford Health. He says precision cancer therapy uses patients' genetics and traits of individual cancers to treat disease. He says the study may expand options for treating patients who have advanced cancers.

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.

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SDSU hosts the biennial ChemEd Conference July 23-27. It brings together chemistry educators from across North America. Organizer Matt Miller says high School and introductory chemistry educators are immersed in an environment where collaboration, support, exchanging ideas and inspiration are expected. Matt Miller is an associate professor of chemistry at South Dakota State University.

Protesters in South Dakota face new penalties if lawmakers can agree on a final version of Senate Bill 176. The protest bill started out with specific safety zones and an emergency clause. Lawmakers amended the bill as it moved through the capitol.

South Dakota lawmakers want the governor to approve a bill that offers limited immunity to people in drug overdose emergencies.  House Bill 1082 protects a person from drug prosecution when they call authorities to help someone in serious danger of overdosing.

President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. It's similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries. The White House cites more cooperation with the Iraqi government in vetting people who apply for U.S. visas. The latest order also specifically states that it does not apply to legal permanent U.S. residents or current visa holders.

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As educators incorporate best practices, utilize new projects in certain subjects, and incorporate innovative techniques into their lessons, one constant remains: you can’t teach students who don’t attend. Truancy is an evolving issue in South Dakota’s schools. State lawmakers are working to pass legislation to change state law regarding penalties for being out of school, and school leaders are using every tool they can find to convince kids to class.

The House Transportation Committee has approved two bills to allow new Native American design options on license plates. Senate Bill 73 provides a special plate for Native American veterans. Supporters say this allows Native Americans to denote their tribe and their military service. Senate Bill 118 allows for special plates to have the depiction of the new Dignity statue.The House Transportation Committee also passed a motorcycle license plate policy revision. The bill offers motorcyclists a choice of how they display their license plates.

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