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Turning a tragedy into justice, and bills passing through the legislature

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On today's show

As South Dakota approaches spring, the thought of flooding comes to mind. The 2022 spring flood outlook has been released. Kelly Serr is a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen.

Each year South Dakota colleges and universities are required to submit a report on all of their efforts to promote intellectual diversity. The 2021 report was nearly 150 pages. The Senate Education Committee heard a debate on Senate Bill 117 which would repeal the requirement for the report. We listen in on the debate.

SDPB reporters once again bring the latest updates on a variety of bills in Pierre. Today we talk tax structure for recreational marijuana, the consideration of extending SNAP benefits, and a bill that would require schools to post the state motto or seal. Lee Strubinger, Arielle Zionts, and Jackelyn Severin join us.

Take A Moment for music of Tanner Johns and the Canadian Tuxedos.

NPR's tiny desk contest is underway. The contest invites independent musicians across the nation to submit their original music. Winners will have opportunity to perform at the desk of NPR music curator Bob Boilen, and tour around the country. In 2021, Rapid City Band Tanner Johns and the Canadian Tuxedos submitted their song "Tiramisu." The groovy sextet has a sound infused with rock and soul. Their mission? To spread love, kindness, and positivity. Here is a sampling of their live, 2021 Tiny Desk recording of "Tiramisu"

Tanner Johns says they're planning to release more songs soon, and they'll be submitting a new entry to the 2022 Tiny Desk contest.

On June 17, 2015, a white supremacist gunman killed nine people during a bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Reverend Sharon Risher was working as a hospital chaplain when she learned her mother and two cousins were among the dead. Risher turned her mourning, anger, and pain into activism, choosing a path of transformation. She’s joined other survivors of gun-related violence and become a speaker for the social-justice movement. She’s even forgiven the convicted killer for his crime.

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