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In The Moment ... February 5, 2018 Show 270 Hour 1

Joseph Bottum is director of the Classics Institute. It's a think-tank at Dakota State University that explores the promises and dangers of computer technology.

He recently wrote a piece for "The Weekly Standard" called "The Immorality of Bad Software Design."

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First responders and medical professionals are assessing their performance during a mock helicopter crash. They held the drill Tuesday morning. Crews began by pretending they had Avera helicopter on the Sanford landing pad and people were hurt. 

Personalities: The Great Flood of 1993

Apr 7, 2017
Map of the Great Flood of 1993

The Great Flood of 1993 hit the American Midwest from May to September, running along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and extending into nine states. Naturally, South Dakota was in its path. Chuck Anderson traveled to the southeast corner of the state, a particularly affected region.

He stopped in Montrose, a town of roughly 420 people seated northwest of Sioux Falls, that fell partially underwater. There, he met John Griffith and his father, Bill, who were in the process of repairing a damaged basement where a wall caved in.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Authorities arrested four people overnight Thursday during a sobriety checkpoint. Officers discovered three people were driving under the influence, and another person had drugs. Nearly 2000 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and officials administered 155 breathalyzers.

Around 11:30 p.m., bright flood lights illuminate a stretch of Interstate in Sioux Falls. Hundreds of cars follow orange plastic cones and flashlights, and each car pairs with a law enforcement officer. Trooper Codie Schmeichel with the South Dakota Highway Patrol introduces himself to a driver.

Officials in Minnehaha County have lifted a burn ban. Commissioners issued a burn ban a few weeks ago because dry weather contributed to small planned fires quickly spreading.

Emergency Management Director Lynn DeYoung says the conditions are different now.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

School leaders and emergency responders are hoping to learn from a mock evacuation drill held Tuesday in Sioux Falls.

All fourth and fifth graders from Mark Twain Elementary emptied their classrooms, rode busses to a safe location and waited for parents to pick them up. The reunification exercise puts school district policy in action.

Classroom telephones ring at Mark Twain Elementary. In this drill, teachers learn their students need to evacuate an unsafe building.

Heavy Storm Causes Damage Across Sioux Falls

Jun 16, 2014

A powerful storm packing heavy rain, hail, and one-hundred mile per hour winds tore through Sioux Falls this afternoon leaving much destruction in its path.

Sioux Falls Emergency Manager Reagan Smith says most areas of the city suffered at least some damage – he says officials are in response mode.