Morning Meeting: Texting While Driving

Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011 at 10:13 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Do you text while driving? I’ve made an effort to stop and have been trying to help my family members do the same. Now nearly a dozen state lawmakers are taking action against it again this year. They’ve introduced a bill to prohibit the use of certain handheld electronic wireless devices for electronic messaging while driving (SB71). Don Jorgensen’s going to show you later today what it would prohibit and still allow. It’s sure to spark a decent debate.

As Erin mentioned in her blog on Friday, the newsroom was very excited to have broken the story about Sanford Health’s Breast Cancer Institute initiative. Kelli Grant did some good digging to find the document that laid out how the $100 million gift from T. Denny Sanford will be used. To continue the story today, Kelli is working to talk with a physician. She’ll have more on their perspective on the impact the specialized initiative could have on patients in the region.

We’re also in back in De Smet today where Melissa Kruger made her first court appearance. As we first told you Thursday, she’s accused of making terroristic threats on a Facebook page. The posts mention plans for a school shooting, but court papers say Kruger told investigators she didn’t think she’d ever hurt anyone. Shawn Neisteadt will have more on what happened in court and the person officials say is behind the threats.

And Governor Dennis Daugaard is continuing his community meeting tour today in Sioux Falls. He’s speaking to the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary over the noon hour about his proposed budget. He’s a longtime member of the group.  David Brown will show you how his fellow Rotarians received him and his message.

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