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Stephen King's '11/22/63' is coming to Hulu

Business News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:32
Hulu just went into business with the King of suspense.

Animal athletes important in rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:05

LIVESTOCK CARE CRITICAL PART OF WORLD-CLASS COMPETITION AT THE AMERICAN ROYAL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The job of many in rodeo is part athlete, part travel agent and part animal caregiver.

It combines into a full-time job, whether it’s as a crew member for a livestock producer, cowboy or cowgirl. The entire package comes together at world-class events like the American Royal PRCA Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Hale Arena.

Bray Armes

Bray Armes

Unlike many other professional sports, rodeo features another variable that is just as much athlete as any human that participates. Bulls and horses are a major ingredient in the game, whether they buck or are the primary engine that drives cowboys and cowgirls to incredibly fast times.

“The feed and preparation you put into them is what makes the animals so good,” said Cody Kidd, the general manger of Stace Smith Pro Rodeos, the American Royal’s stock contractor. “There are bulls and horses that cost millions of dollars. You’ve got to take care of those animals, and that’s what we all try to do.”

The Smith firm travels nationwide producing rodeos. When the bucking horses and bulls are not somewhere between Mississippi and Utah for the competition, they reside on the Smith ranch near Malakoff, Texas, where they enjoy lush grasslands and the right care that’s needed to help them perform at their best.

“It all starts at the ranch back in Texas,” Kidd said. “They are cared for better than some humans are. They get looked at after and are fed grain daily. We know that they’re getting enough treatment that they can handle the road, getting from one rodeo to another. They have to be in good shape, and we do everything to make sure they are.

“When we go to Kansas City, we’ll go from Amarillo (Texas). Part of the care is having a good staff. We’ve got great people at the ranch and great guys that go on the road to make sure they get the right care.”

For timed-event contestants, caring for horses is vital. It takes fast times to be successful, and horsepower is the key to it all.

“He eats before I eat,” steer wrestler Bray Armes said of his horse, Ote, which guided the Texan to the average championship at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last December. “You treat him like he’s your child. If he gets hurt or anything, you get him to the vet and get him checked out.

“He’s part of the family. I feel very blessed to have him. He gives me a chance to win every time. If I don’t, it’s usually pilot error.”

Cowboys and cowgirls travel about 100,000 miles a year. For timed-event contestants, that means their horses ride in specialized trailers to assist in the animals’ comfort along every highway and interstate. Once they arrive at a rodeo, both human and equine needs to have their bodies in working order to compete at a high level.

“We’ve got to take care of them just like we take care of ourselves,” said Armes, who has earned his third straight qualification to the NFR. “Actually, we probably take better care of our horses than we do ourselves.”

Armes, who lives in Ponder, Texas, with his wife and two children, knows how important it is to allow Ote to perform well. It helps to understand the palomino gelding loves his job.

“If you watch him at the NFR, 90 percent of the time he makes a lap at the end of the arena, then he goes to chasing that steer out of the arena,” he said. “We have to have them to do what we do, but you can sit and watch a horse and tell if he loves his job or not. If they don’t love their jobs, we don’t force it upon them.

“You can watch bucking horses, and you know they love to get the cowboy on the ground. They’re bred that way. They just love what they do.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

MSU Women's Hoops Holding Walk-On Tryouts

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:03
STARKVILLE, Miss. – With the excitement building for the 2014-15 women's basketball season, current Mississippi State students have the opportunity to try out to become a walk-on for the team.

1 in 5 laid-off workers can't find a job

Business News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:02
More than 20% of workers laid off in the last five years haven't found new jobs, according to a Rutgers University survey released Monday.

Why small investors can't dump Big Oil

Business News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:16
The crusade against climate change has intensified in recent days as protesters take to the streets and wealthy investors like the Rockefellers vow to ditch fossil fuels.

Cohen Lands Number Six Baseball Recruiting Class In The Country

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:09
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State's 2013-14 baseball signing class has been ranked sixth nationally in the annual recruiting survey compiled by Collegiate Baseball.

21 deaths now tied to GM defect

Business News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:08
At least 21 people have died due to a serious flaw in General Motors cars that went unreported for at least a decade.

Afghan soldiers missing from Mass. found at Canadian border

CNN - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:52
Three Afghan National Army soldiers, who were in Massachusetts for training, have gone missing after a trip to a shopping mall, authorities said. It's the second time in a week that Afghan security trainees in the United States have disappeared.
Categories: National News

Most challenged books in 2013

CNN - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:51
Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series was the most challenged book of 2013 for the second year in a row, according to the American Library Association.
Categories: National News

Alaska reporter: 'F*** it, I quit'

Business News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:47
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SEC awards $30 million to whistleblower

Business News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:35
The Securities and Exchange Commission has handed out its largest-ever whistleblower award of $30 million.

7 safety tips from hackers

Business News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:19
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I am a human guinea pig

Health - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:53
Earlier this week, Brian Shepherd sat down in a small doctor's office in Bethesda, Maryland. A technician swabbed his arm and gave him a quick jab with a needle.
Categories: Health

CNN reporter lands in Ebola zone

Health - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:53
As CNN's Elizabeth Cohen arrives in Liberia, she wonders how the world goes about stopping an outbreak that's gotten so out of hand.
Categories: Health

Desperation grows in Ebola zone

Health - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:50
Moses Kallie has lost 13 relatives, his parents included, to the deadly Ebola virus. His story is just one of too many in Liberia.
Categories: Health

Ebola lockdown workers find dozens of cases

Health - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:49
One hundred thirty new cases of Ebola were identified during a three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone, Stephen Gaojia, the country's head of emergency operations, said Monday.
Categories: Health

The UPS Store will 3-D print stuff for you

Business News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:39
Can't afford your own 3-D printer? Just head to the UPS Store.

700 infants exposed to TB at Texas hospital

Health - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:38
More than 700 infants and 40 health care workers have been exposed to tuberculosis, commonly called TB, at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, according to the city's Department of Public Health.
Categories: Health
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