In The Moment … July 2, 2020 Show 851 Hour 2

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is asking a federal judge to block the federal government from taking over its law enforcement and forcing the removal of public health checkpoints. This is the latest volley in a back-and-forth legal and political battle between the tribe and state/federal authorities.    To discuss the issues further, we welcome Frank Pommersheim, professor emeritus, University of South Dakota School of Law. 


News Special: Veto Day & Pandemic Impacts

Mar 31, 2020

In this In the Moment news special, we hear a recap of South Dakota's first digital Veto Day and the actions brought up to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, the impacts of the pandemic on the legal world, the South Dakota economy, med students, and more. 

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Legal Services During A Pandemic

Mar 30, 2020

In The Moment ... March 30, 2020 Show 784 Hour 1

COVID-19 has us rethinking how we work, learn, and access medical services. We're also hearing questions from listeners about a variety of legal services. Neil Fulton is Dean of the School of Law at the University of South Dakota.

In The Moment ... April 27, 2017 Show 081 Hour 2

The legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder lives on in a new book called “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder.” We’re joined by editor Nancy Tystad Koupal.

We preview this weekend’s No Cover, No Minimum Radio with music from Dusty Heart, recorded at the Sioux River Folk Festival. No Cover, No Minimum Radio airs on Saturday at 9 p.m. Central, 8 Mountain and Sunday at 11 p.m. Central, 10 Mountain.

Supreme Court Split On Native Court Jurisdiction

Jun 27, 2016
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A recent Supreme Court case involving tribal sovereignty ended in a tie. The Dollar General Corp. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians ruling has implications for Natives and non-Natives.

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One of South Dakota’s US Senators says Congress is more dysfunctional than he realized. Mike Rounds started his term in January; he spent part of his time back in South Dakota Tuesday talking to members of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. Rounds says lawmakers must take pointed steps to make federal systems more efficient. 

United States Senator Mike Rounds has been talking about a broken Washington since he started his campaign for Congress. Less than one year since he took the oath, Rounds says the system is worse than he suspected. He says lawmaking is slow by design.

Cyclists Get More Room On The Road With New Law

Jun 30, 2015
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Cyclists have more legal room on the road in South Dakota starting on Wednesday.  The new minimum distance bicycle passing law takes effect July 1st.

The law sets a minimum of three feet of distance when passing a bicycle on slower roads under 35 miles per hour, and six feet when on a faster road or a highway.

Prior to this law there was no minimum distance when overtaking a bicyclist on the highway. Monica Heller is with the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

Three people who represent South Dakota in the nation’s capital are reacting to a US Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Thursday six of the nine justices agreed that people are still eligible for insurance subsidies using a federal health insurance exchange. Thirty-four states do not have state-run marketplaces.

6-Year Old Changes State Fireworks Law

Mar 12, 2015
Photo by Sara Gjerde

It’s not often that a 6-year old gets to meet the Governor. It’s even less frequent that they get to do so as the originator of a new piece of state legislation. But that’s exactly what’s happening today as Hadley Gjerde and her parents travel to Pierre to witness Gov. Dennis Daugaard sign “The Hadley Bill” into law.

When Roy Gjerde’s daughter asked why she and her cousins couldn’t use fireworks when they came to visit after Independence Day, his answer was yet another example of the often cold, hard truth of the law…because it’s illegal.

"Daschle Law" Argued In State Legislature

Mar 10, 2015

A bill before state lawmakers allows a congressional representative to keep a seat in congress if he or she runs for president.   

The law barring someone running for a seat in congress and the presidency at the same time is sometimes called the “Daschle Law.”

Critics say the 2002 legislation originally targeted then Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, to keep him from being reelected in South Dakota if he chose to run for president.   

Selecting Jurors in Death Penalty Case

Mar 20, 2014
State of South Dakota

Selection began Wednesday in a Sioux Falls courtroom for jurors who will decide the fate of confessed killer James McVay. The state is seeking the death penalty for McVay who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to first-degree murder in the July 2011 stabbing death of 75 year-old Maybelle Schein. McVay stole Schein’s car and drove it to Madison, Wisconsin where he was apprehended. McVay later told investigators that Schein’s killing was part of a plot to rob and kill his way to Washington, DC where he would assassinate President Obama.

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Nancy Robrahn and Jennie Rosenkranz are a Rapid City couple who plan to challenge South Dakota's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.  They attempted to get a marriage license at the Pennington County Courthouse last week, but were denied.  The couple, together for 27 years, will get married in Minneapolis next month where same-sex marriage is legal.  When Robrahn and Rosenkranz return to South Dakota they'll file a lawsuit challenging the state for not recognizing their marriage certificate.

Animal Cruelty Closer To Being A Felony In SD

Mar 12, 2014

South Dakota would become the last state in the nation to make animal cruelty a felony under a bill that received the legislature's final approval Tuesday. The House voted 54-15 to pass the measure, which was approved earlier by the Senate. It will become law if signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Similar bills have failed in past years amid fears they could interfere with the livestock industry, but this year's measure was written in a cooperative effort led by State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven.

Court System Expands Programs

Jan 16, 2014

During his State of the Judiciary message before a joint session of the House and Senate Wednesday, South Dakota Supreme Court Justice David Gilbertson said the court system is expanding existing programs and starting new ones to treat more non-violent offenders outside of prison.  Those programs include courts for drug and alcohol offenders and pilot courts for some military veterans charged with misdemeanors.  The changes are part of a Criminal Justice Reform measure passed by lawmakers last year and signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard.

"We The People"

Dec 3, 2012

Donald Dahlin, emeritus professor of political science at the University of South Dakota, visits about his new book, "We the People: A Brief Introduction to the Constitution and Its Interpretation."  The book was an idea that Dahlin developed a couple of years ago when he decided that the constitution is such an important document that it deserved an objective approach.  Instead of selling an interpretation, Dahlin hopes the reader will make his or her own judgments regarding constitutional issues.

Execution Tonight

Oct 15, 2012

 Tonight (October 15, 2012) at 10:00 PM Eric Robert is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the South Dakota State Penitentiary.  During the execution the media will await witness statements in the Ronald J. Johnson training center.   The place named for the victim of Robert’s Crime.    Attorney General Marty Jackley has already spoken this morning to the family of Robert “RJ” Johnson.  Johnson was murdered during a failed escape attempt last April of 2011.