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National: 145th annual Kentucky Derby upset causes controversy

The Kentucky Derby race at Churchill Downs lasted approximately 2 minutes, cost fans who wanted to go to the race about $80 pre ticket and proved to be the controversial upset of the year so far in the world of sports.

Country House, a 60-1 bet, won the race after favored Maximum Security was disqualified for bumping Country House and several other horses on the final turn of the race.

Some people were outraged by the turn of events, others were grateful, depending on individual investments.

One reporter said that the decisions of the judges was a good sign for the Derby — making them seem more ethical since they made their review and stuck with it. Others said the decision shows a clear lack of respect for the true winner of the race — the horse that made it over the finish line first.

One of the concerns is that the call is unfair because the track is made for 14 horses, but the race runs 20 horses. Horses are bound to collide when the track is run over capacity.

Regardless of the opinions, Country House, an “underdog,” was named the winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby, and to the victor goes the spoils.


State: Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-May 10, 2019

Gov. Noem proclaims Teacher Appreciation Week 2019 and encourages South Dakotan leaders, parents, students, and communities to take time to thank teachers who have made an impact in their lives and the lives of their children.

The proclamation reads:

Whereas, South Dakotans believe in the importance of education for our students; and

Whereas, South Dakota teachers are our state’s greatest assets for ensuring student success; and

Whereas, teachers are at the forefront of the effort to prepare South Dakota students to graduate from the K-12 system ready for college, careers, and life; and

Whereas, highly qualified teachers are trained professionals deserving of the utmost respect for the work they do, which often extends well beyond the regular school day, week, and year; and

Whereas, our state is dedicated to supporting new and current teachers as well as recruiting future teachers from among the ranks of today’s students by elevating the teaching profession:

Now, Therefore, I, Kristi Noem, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim May 6-10, 2019, as Teacher Appreciation Week.