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Innovation: Batten Disease, Asphalt, The 1972 Rapid City Forecast

Rapid City Flood of 1972

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.

When it comes to asphalt, how well the layers stick together affects the durability of the road, and can save taxpayers money. South Dakota State University assistant civil engineering professor Rouzbeh Ghabchi is working with the DOT to develop guidelines on tack coat selection and application. 


June 9, 1972 as much as 15 inches of rain fell in a few hours in Rapid City and surrounding areas. That caused streams to overflow, destroying buildings in their path and killing 238 people. Susan Sanders, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Rapid City discusses the meteorology that caused the flood and how warning systems have evolved in the last 45 years.


Cara Hetland is the Director of Radio and Journalism Content for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.