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 House Committee is passing legislation that removes collective bargaining for the state's public universities.

The House Education Committee is debating free speech for student journalists.

HB1241 imposes a yearly fee for driving electric and hybrid vehicles.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will wait to take action on a bill that stiffens penalties for meth use and distribution. Attorney General Marty Jackley says tougher penalties are needed to get a handle on meth abuse in the state.

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Hydrocarbons gone amok. Dr. Ranjit Koodali from the University of South Dakota talks about how ski wax can make or break winning the gold.

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Padu Krishnan is a cereals chemist in the Department of Dairy and Food Science at South Dakota State University. General Mills and Grain Millers provided $140,000 to develop a near-infrared spectrometer (NIRS) calibration to qualify beta-glucan content in oat samples. NIRS uses reflected energy to quantify beta-glucan levels in a sample of ground oats, much like a creating a fingerprint. It’s the level of beta-glucan content in oats is what gives a heart healthy label.

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Kurt Griffin, director of clinical trials for The Sanford Project discusses the T-Rex Study, a phase 2 clinical trial has completed enrollment of 110 children with type 1 diabetes. The study uses the patient’s own T cells to help the body fight type 1 diabetes. Patients are followed for two years.

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Julie Brookbank, MTI vice president for marketing joins Innovation to talk about a national recognition.

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Dr. Gene Hoyme participated in a study with results recently published in JAMA. The study began in 2010 and spanned six years. Researchers interviews first grade students in different communities around the United States to look for children on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder spectrum. Sioux Falls is the Midwestern community listed in the research.  Dr. Hoyme says the prevalence rate for FASD is as high as 5%. He says FASD is completely preventable and is caused by women drinking while pregnant.

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Kelsey Murray is a PhD candidate and adjunct professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She is also the owner of the consulting firm Crossover Biomedicals. Her study found new testing methods to assess the public health risk from fecal contaminated waters by singling out and testing for genes associated with harmful forms of E. coli, including Shiga-toxigenic E. coli (STEC). 

Murray’s research included over 1000 DNA extractions from bacteria in water samples taken out of Rapid Creek and the Big Sioux River over a two-year period. 

HB1104 Revises provisions regarding the arrest of victims of domestic abuse.

Lawmakers debate requiring paid sick days each year. Measure fails.

Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is moving a bill forward that changes an eligibility requirement to serve on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

House Judiciary committee is passing legislation to increase penalties for those who pay money for sex. HB1110 adds that a person convicted of one or more violations within a decade is a Class 6 felony.

 

The South Dakota House of Representatives passed HB1008 that allows officials to adjust speed limits due to weather conditions and road work.

The House Education Committee is considering a bill that requires open-enrolled students to alert their resident school district if they plan on returning for the next school year.

South Dakota lawmakers must regularly update controlled substance statutes in order to follow federal regulations. SB32 contains several updates.

HJR1001 passes House and removes authority for lawmakers to set their own pay.

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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which is followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom are annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live starting at 8 pm Central

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

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Avera announced it is part of an international collaboration for the care of lung cancer patients. This FDA approved clinical trial is called the SPRING trial. It stands for Survival Prolongation by Rationale Innovative Genomics. Patients are given a three-drug protocol that incorporates immunotherapy (avelumab) and two other therapies (palbociclib and axitinib). Dr. Ben Soloman, principal investigator for the SPRING clinical trial, and medical oncologist with Avera Cancer Institute joins us to discuss the study.

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Dr. Ranjit Koodali is the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Dakota. He joins us each month to discuss the latest research in chemistry.

This month, we discuss a new application for chemically strengthened glass.

Belinda Engelhart is the Regional Director for the South Dakota Small Business Development Center. Roger Foote is the owner of Twisted Canoe Boat Shop. Roger turned his hobby into a business with the help of the Small Business Development Center. They both join the program today for this discussion.

Speaker of the House wants voters to decide whether legislators should get a pay increase.

A bill on the senate floor streamlines the licensing process for mental health and other counselors moving to South Dakota from other states. HB1040 grants licenses to counselors based on years of experience if in good standing.

Lawmakers are weighing the issue of a mother's privacy over her infant's health.

 

The Senate State Affairs Committee advances bills around voter registration; resolving language of voter approved initiated measures or constitutional amendments;  and reinforcing campaign funding limits.

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture says he's paying attention to the budget and the ag economy. A new study reveals the economy remains slow in rural parts of the state. 

SDSU President plans to move forward with a precision agriculture facility. The governor says the budget is tight to make that happen.

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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