Chris Laughery

In the Moment Producer

I'm Chris Laughery, a producer for in the moment ...  My family consists of wife Ann and son Matt. I have been involved in the broadcast world for over 20 years in one capacity or another. I am a proud United States Navy veteran and played a role in Operation Southern Watch in Iraq and Operation Restore Hope in Southern Africa. I appreciate you listening to South Dakota Public Broadcasting and being in the moment ...

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In The Moment ... January 3, 2017 Show 002 Hour 1

Guests: Jon Lauck, Founding president of the Midwest History Association; Hugh Weber, Podcaster; John Nixon;  Author of "Debriefing the President, The Interrogation Of Saddam Hussein"

In The Moment ... January 3 2017 Show 002 Hour 2

Guests: US Senator Mike Rounds; SDPB's Lee Strubinger talks with South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs; South Dakota Chaplain Melissa Hiatt; John Pelletier, director of the Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy

In The Moment ... January 2, 2017 Show 001 Hour 2

Guests: US Sen. John Thune; Dr. Steve Herrmann, Director of Operations for Sanford Profile; SDPB's Jim Kent on the prescribed burn of Rockerville SD; Images of the Past: Personalities with Chuck Anderson

In The Moment ... January 2, 2017 Show 001 Hour 1

Guests: US Sen. John Thune; Freshman SD Lawmakers from Dist. 8 Jordan Youngberg; SDPB's Victoria Wicks "Happy Noon Year"; Lifestyle strategist Elizabeth Hagen; John Pelletier Director of Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy 

You can purchase items from all over the world at big box stores and we all know there are several of those to choose from. There's a market in Sioux Falls that gives you an opportunity to buy goods from very local people. We recently caught up with the editor of an event that you may not want want to miss

Kent Osborne and the Computer Guys discussed many topics including:

Android Security

Automatic braking in all vehicles

South By Southwest Conference in Austin Texas

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Dr. Jerome Freeman is a practicing neurologist and chair of the Department of Neurosciences at Sanford School of Medicine. Dr. Freeman believes medicine is rich in science and technology, but all too often its marvelous powers are accompanied by a clinician's calm detachment rather than the soft touch of human kindness. Dr. Freeman's book "Bringing Kindness to medicine: Stories from the Prairie" illustrates the power and importance of kindness through real-life stories from his years practicing medicine in South Dakota.



A series of events Wednesday morning led the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force and the Sioux Falls Police Department to seize about 9 pounds of methamphetamine and over $94,000 cash. A woman rented a hotel room in southwest Sioux Falls and upon checkout, forgot a large amount of cash under the mattress. Employees were suspicious of her story to re-enter the room and called police. Chief Doug Barthel says the amount of drugs seized equals about a half of a million dollars on the street.

Live interview with Night Ranger members including lead singer and bassist Jack Blades.  They discuss their involvement with the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy among other projects.

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Live full-band acoustic mini-set from Night Ranger.  Night Ranger will perform in concert later tonight as part of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy’s grand opening fundraiser.  Night Ranger has sold over 17-million albums worldwide and is known for hits like “Sister Christian,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” and “(You Can Still) Rock In America.”  Last October, they released a very special CD/DVD package which was recorded live in an intimate acoustic setting, at TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA.  It features live renditions of the band’s classic hits with new, refreshing arrangements. 

Chuck Brennan, founder of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy (and CEO of the Dollar Loan Center Empire).  Today marks the first day of a week-long grand opening celebration at the new Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls.  It was established to help children uncover and develop their love, passion and talents through the power of music.  Through positive education and encouragement from kind and gifted musicians the students learn music, performance and industry skills while learning to dream bigger and believe in themselves more by gaining self-confidence through something they

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Diana Rutherford's work is on display, along with her grandfather Harvey Dunn’s, in the exhibit, “Portraits,” at the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings.  “Portraits” contains 30 paintings that will be on display at the South Dakota Art Museum until September 8.  Rutherford grew up in the suburbs of Chicago in the 1950s, and spent much of her time at the Chicago Art Institute admiring Japanese prints and medieval religious paintings.  After high school, Rutherford was accepted to the Museum School in Boston, where she discovered her love for portrait painting.  Rutherford currently lives i

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The Catholic Church has a new pope.  76 year old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina has taken the name Pope Francis.  Bishop Paul Swain says Pope Francis has a background of caring for the poor and vulnerable.  He says this is due to the fact that Pope Francis comes a country with economic challenges and pockets of deep poverty.

The Cornerstone Rescue Mission in Rapid City is a large facility that includes transition houses, apartments, veterans care, women and children’s home, plus an emergency shelter and newly renovated kitchen serving hundreds of meals a day. Lately, though, Cornerstone has been criticized for what some say are some harsh policies at the shelter.

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American classical pianist Van Cliburn died of cancer Wednesday.  In 1958, Cliburn won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the age of 23. Cliburn’s abilities helped defrost the Cold War and allowed him to embark on an amazing international career.  Paul Sanchez is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton Illinois.  He’s originally from Sioux Falls, and studied at the Van Cliburn Piano Institute for several summers.  Sanchez reflects on his thoughts when he learned of Mr. Cliburn’s passing.

The winter storm that is being tracked is said to be in Southern South Dakota by daybreak. The heaviest amounts of snow are said to be in Northern Kansas and a large portion of Nebraska. South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Chris Laughery caught up with Brad Adams, a hydro-meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. He begins today’s Dakota Digest by telling us where this storm originated.

The South Dakota Department of Health has reported the first influenza death of the season. The person was elderly and from Pennington County. The individual had Influenza B and was hospitalized. Lon Kightlinger is the state epidemiologist and says we have an early flu season this year and it is very important to get vaccinated. Kightlinger adds that there are other things that can be done to stop the spread of the flu virus.

Cases of sexually transmitted diseases are increasing at what officials are calling an alarming rate. Chlamydia infections in South Dakota have doubled since the late 1990’s, and gonorrhea is twice as common now as it was five years ago. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says that there are a few main factors that may be causing this increase.

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The Sioux Falls Regional Airport is raising the price of landing fees and rental space for commercial planes and cargo carriers in 2013. But the airports executive director Dan Letellier says passengers won’t see any difference in fees or services.

“It really shouldn’t have any impact on the travelling public, says Letellier. Every year we do evaluation and calculation based on our expenses and revenue, especially directly related to the airlines and to determine an appropriate fee structure to insure that our expenses are maintained.”

This special edition of Dakota Midday is dedicated to the late Senator George McGovern. Three guests join the show today to discuss the life, leadership and legacy of McGovern. We first hear from grandson Matt McGovern who's first experience in South Dakota politics was traveling the state as a child during his grandfather's 1980 Senate campaign. Donald Simmons joins the conversation - he's the Executive Director of the George and Eleanor McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. McGovern graduated from Dakota Wesleyan after World War II.

A leading tree expert says the drought is making the Mountain Pine Beetles harder to find and kill. 

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports that if you’re trying to find beetle infested trees this year, you have to look closely.

Early this morning Rapid City Police responded to a shooting in North Rapid City. Police officers found a 21-year-old male on scene with three gunshot wounds, he died at the scene. In addition, a 69-year-old male was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Tarah Heupel is with the Rapid City Police Department.

All but a few West River counties are under a Red Flag Warning for Extreme Fire Danger today/Wednesday.  Mike Connelly with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says conditions have changed somewhat, but the weather remains dry.