South Dakota Focus in January
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This month SDPB's live public affairs program discusses some of the hardest-hitting issues affecting South Dakota. 

State Legislative Preview: Live from Pierre  

SDPB1: Thursday, Jan. 10, 8pm (7MT)

Invited guests include House Majority Leader Rep. Lee Qualm (R) Platte; House Minority Leader Rep. Jamie Smith (D) Sioux Falls; and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Troy Heinert (D) Mission.

Homelessness in SD

SDPB1: Thursday, Jan. 17, 8pm (7 MT)

A 2018 report compiled by from Housing and Urban Development Exchange data between 2007 and 2016 shows South Dakota had the largest increase in homelessness in the U.S. A 2017 assessment from the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium (SDHHC) found that over 1 in 5 homeless in South Dakota were children. The SDHHC is organizing its next Statewide Pointin-Time Homeless Count on January 22.

Teen Suicide in SD

SDPB1: Thursday, Jan. 24, 8pm (7 MT)

In 2017, suicide was the second leading cause of death for South Dakotans aged 15 to 25, according to the SD Department of Health. We’ll discuss the issue with mental health experts and advocates.

Gear Up Investigation

SDPB1: Thursday, Jan. 31, 8pm (7 MT)

Keith More (Rosebud Sioux), former state Indian Education Director and former chairman of Mid- Central Educational Cooperative’s GEAR UP committee, joins the program to discuss the federal investigation into alleged wrongdoing in connection with a moneyfunneling scheme at the Platte-based educational cooperative.

South Dakotans — join the conversation! Submit a question to Focus. SDPB invites your questions and comments: Text: 605-956-7372 Email: