COVID-19

Two South Dakota racetracks plan to open their doors to hundreds of fans this weekend, despite fears of spreading the coronavirus. 

Local officials who want to stop the races say they can’t. Governor Kristi Noem says she won’t. 

Ethanol Struggles

Apr 21, 2020
NPR

In The Moment ... April 21, 2020 Show 800 Hour 1

The demand for gasoline has plummeted since people around the world have been forced into isolation to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. That drop has a ripple effect fare beyond the price at the pump. Doug Berven is vice president of corporate affairs at POET. 

 

FRONTLINE: Coronavirus Pandemic

Apr 21, 2020
PBS FRONTLINE

In The Moment ... April 21, 2020 Show 800 Hour 1

SDPB News: April 20

Apr 20, 2020
SDPB

The SDPB News Podcast is where we bring you South Dakota's top news and politics headlines from the past 24 hours.

Each day, SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

The state fund that helps unemployed workers is paying out millions of dollars every week, and the fund could need help by the end of the year. 

At the end of February, before the coronavirus was detected in South Dakota, the balance in the state’s Unemployment Trust Fund was $132 million.  

Kevin McNew With Farmers Business Network

Apr 20, 2020
FBN

In The Moment ... April 20, 2020 Show 799 Hour 2

Having dealt with severe weather and flooding a year ago, South Dakota's farmers find themselves in unprecedented times yet again. How is COVID-19 affecting things like trade, prices, supply and interest rates? Kevin McNew is the chief economist with Farmers Business Network and he has some thoughts on these issues and more.

Dr. Wendell Hoffman / COVID-19 update

Apr 20, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... April 20, 2020 Show 799 Hour 2

With the pandemic hitting South Dakota just over a month ago, what do we know now that we didn't know then? Each week we have been asking that question and answering any questions that you may have. Dr. Wendell Hoffman is an infectious disease doctor with Sanford Health.

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

A Chinese Company & The Smithfield Plant

Apr 20, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... April 20, 2020 Show 799 Hour 1

A Sioux Falls packing plant has the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the country. To understand why, one expert is looking back seven years; that's when a Chinese company bought the Smithfield plant.  SDPB's Seth Tupper reports. 

Rick Kahler: The Unemployed & Rent

Apr 20, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... April 20, 2020 Show 799 Hour 1

Thousands of unemployed South Dakotans are facing the prospect of having to pay rent or mortgage payments with greatly diminished income. How is the financial crisis impacting landlords? Who are the landlords anyway?  Wealth advisor and financial therapist Rick Kahler returns to In the Moment today for a look at the complicated financial arrangement between those who rent and those who own the property.   

SDDP

South Dakota Democrats are calling on Republican Governor Kristi Noem to expand Medicaid and dip into the state’s budget reserves to aid in post-COVID-19 recovery.
 
State unemployment is skyrocketing and Noem says very few dollars are flowing into the state.

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To understand why a Sioux Falls packing plant has the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the country, one expert is looking back seven years. 

That’s when the Chinese company WH Group completed a multi-billion-dollar acquisition of the American company Smithfield Foods, creating the largest pork company in the world. 

Tech Radio: April 17

Apr 17, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... April 17, 2020 Show 798 Hour 2

During this brief Tech Radio, we welcome your usual Tech Radio host, SDPB's Kent Osborne. We're also joined by SDPB's Heather Benson. 

 

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For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, unemployment claims were down last week in South Dakota. 

But the trend isn’t expected to last. 

SF Immigrant Community, The Union, & COVID-19

Apr 16, 2020

In The Moment ... April 16, 2020 Show 797 Hour 2

Office of Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem continues to defend her decision not to issue a statewide stay-at-home order.
 
She says more South Dakotan’s are staying at home than in some states that require it.

South Dakota is one of eight states without a stay-at-home order.

Noem says any order she puts in place needs to be sustainable for a period of time. In the past, she’s suggested a stay-at-home order could have to last until October.

Keeping Up With Your Mental Health

Apr 15, 2020
NPR

In The Moment ... April 13, 2020 Show 794 Hour 1

Anxiety levels are high due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-care is extremely important as coping with new ways of doing things isn't always easy. Dr. Emilia Flint, associate professor of psychology at Black Hills State University is with us today with tips on how to go about this "new" way of living.  

The number of COVID-19 cases among Smithfield workers at the Sioux Falls meatpacking plant continues to rise. The plant now accounts for 44% of the state’s COVID-19 cases.

Governor Kristi Noem is denying Sioux Falls mayor Paul TenHaken’s requests for a state-led response to the spike in cases.  

The situation is getting national attention and furthering criticism of Governor Kristi Noem’s refusal to issue a statewide stay-at-home order. 

The governor continues to defend her decision.

SD Bureau of Finance and Management

State government is issuing a new weekly report on coronavirus economic numbers, and Gov. Kristi Noem wants people to get ready for bad news. 

“I want to prepare you for the coming days, where we will get numbers that will be shocking to all of you,” Noem said Tuesday during her daily coronavirus media briefing. 

Images Of The Past: Images Of The Present

Apr 14, 2020

In The Moment ... April 14, 2020 Show 795 Hour 2

SDPB News: April 13

Apr 13, 2020
SDPB

The SDPB News Podcast is where we bring you South Dakota's top news and politics headlines from the past 24 hours.

Each day, SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

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South Dakota is launching the first statewide trial of a possible treatment for COVID-19 in the nation. The trial drug typically treats malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.   

President Donald Trump has pointed to hydroxychloroquine as a potential therapeutic for COVID-19, though its effectiveness has not yet been confirmed.

Governor Noem says she’s been asking the president and other members of his administration to allow South Dakota to launch a statewide trial. This weekend, the state received a shipment of the drug.

Patrick Hicks: 5 Essential Questions

Apr 13, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... April 13, 2020 Show 794 Hour 2

We're gathering some of our favorite guests and trusted voices for on-air conversations about how coronavirus is impacting your life and the work you do. Patrick Hicks is an artist-in-residence at Augustana University and the host of Poetry from Studio 47.

An Update With Monument Health

Apr 13, 2020
Monument Health

In The Moment ... April 13, 2020 Show 794 Hour 2

Are the measures we are taking flattening the curve? What can we tell at this point and what needs to happen in the days ahead? What do we know about this virus that we didn't know last week? How is the surge capacity planning going? Dr. Shankar Kurra, M.D. is vice president of Medical Affairs at Monument Health.

Impacts Of Smithfield Closure

Apr 13, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... April 13, 2020 Show 794 Hour 2

Smithfield Foods is closing its Sioux Falls meatpacking plant indefinitely after hundreds of its employees contracted COVID-19. Over the weekend, Governor Kristi Noem and Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken asked the company to close the plant for at least two weeks. 

Smithfield had already announced a three-day closure through Monday to sanitize the plant and add physical barriers. On Saturday, Governor Noem requested the company to follow the recommended 14-day isolation period for potential COVID-19 exposure.

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Gov. Kristi Noem and Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken want Smithfield Foods to close its Sioux Falls meatpacking plant for two weeks. The plant is in Minnehaha County, which reports 438 COVID-19 cases. Of those, 238  cases are identified as Smithfield employees.

Gov. Noem says the request also asks Smithfield to pay its employees while the plant is closed. 

Eddie Sullivan

Apr 10, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... April 10, 2020 Show 793 Hour 2

The human body has its own, powerful immune response that fights off illness and disease. Scientists at SAB Biotherapeutics in South Dakota are working to harness nature and save lives in the fight against coronavirus. They've been doing this work for decades and were uniquely positioned to respond rapidly to the novel coronavirus outbreak.  Joining us for an update on the development of therapeutics, we welcome Eddie Sullivan, president & CEO of SAB Biotherapeutics. 

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The Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls will close for three days this weekend after becoming a cluster of coronavirus transmission. Health officials say about 80 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The union representing those workers says that number is closer to 120. 

State officials say they’re monitoring the situation, while the city develops a more targeted communication plan.

State officials won’t say how many new COVID-19 cases are connected to the Smithfield outbreak. And state epidemiologist Josh Clayton says they do not identify specific hotspots. 

The South Dakota Supreme Court continues to operate during the pandemic shutdown. One exception is that the court rescheduled March oral arguments, pushing them to the April term.

Later this month, justices will hear oral arguments telephonically, with live audio broadcast online as it always is.

The court has continued to release its opinions to the public every Thursday.

On Thursday, April 9, the Supreme Court released three opinions, and SDPB's Victoria Wicks has more on those.

News: Sen. Rounds & Apr 2 - 9

Apr 9, 2020
SDPB

In this week's In the Moment news, we check in with Senator Mike Rounds, the mayors of Rapid City and Huron, talk the constitutional concerns around coronavirus, and much more.

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