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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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.

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