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HP: Death of a Silicon Valley titan

Business News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 14:10
Before Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, there was Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.

Supreme Court's same-sex marriage surprise

CNN - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 14:08
It's what the court didn't do that has same-sex couples flocking to the courthouse for marriage licenses.
Categories: National News

From school teacher to ISIS member

CNN World - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 14:01
Once a member of a fearsome, female ISIS brigade, she's a recent defector, disillusioned by the group's brutality.
Categories: International News

The Donald wins. Trump name coming off casino

Business News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 13:32
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Ben Affleck takes on Bill Maher

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 13:16
Ben Affleck's appearance on Bill Maher's "Real Time" on Friday turned into a somewhat heated discussion when Maher and author Sam Harris voiced their opinions on Islam.
Categories: Entertainment News

Yahoo eying Snapchat after Alibaba windfall

Business News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:53
Seeking to replicate the success of its investment in Alibaba, Yahoo is reportedly setting its sights on Snapchat.

Reports: Iranian journalist freed

CNN World - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:38
Iranian journalist Yeganeh Salehi, detained in Iran since July, has been freed, according to Iran's state-run IRNA news agency and The Washington Post.
Categories: International News

McKee a key voice in circuit finals

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:30

DUNCAN, Okla. – Justin McKee is the most recognized voice in rodeo.

Over the past two decades, the Oklahoma announcer has called the action at some of the biggest events in the game. He also has been the television commentator for numerous rodeo-related events, which makes him recognizable to so many fans.

He returns to southern Oklahoma for the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-18 at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center in Duncan.

Justin McKee

Justin McKee

“It’s always very flattering and very exciting to me,” said McKee, who announced the 2012 circuit finals in its inaugural year in Duncan. “It’s one of the highlights of the year for me. I never take it for granted, and I just hope I can do justice to the contestants who qualified.”

The finale features the top contestants from the 2014 season in the Prairie Circuit, the ProRodeo region made up of contestants and events primarily in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. In order to play the game, contestants had to finish the campaign among the top 12 on the money list.

It’s a championship that is cherished, especially in the Prairie Circuit – the region is home to numerous world champions and qualifiers to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. That’s why it’s such an honor for McKee to be part of the three performances.

“I think I understand it so well because I am a competitor,” said McKee, who has won numerous steer roping titles. “I think it’s most of who I am as an announcer. I was fortunate enough to have experienced every event. I think it’s important to know the event as a competitor.”

That translates well into his post as the main voice of the rodeo, relaying the action to the fans. He’s quite comfortable with a microphone in his hand.

“I grew up in the livestock auction business, and I’ve always been mesmerized by the auctioneer,” he said. “I’ve been behind the microphone since I was 3 years old. I started selling when I was 7. I’ve been competing in rodeo all my life. It was a pretty natural migration to the announcer’s booth for me.”

He announced rodeos while still a teenager, then started doing it for pay a short time later. He became a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1993 and worked his first circuit finals rodeo a year later. In 1995, he began working as an announcer for the Professional Bull Riders.

“I announced live events for seven years and did 10 years of TV for the PBR,” McKee said. “At first, it was quite an adjustment because there was no crowd to feed off of. I didn’t realize how much I fed off the energy of a live crowd.”

While television was his primary focus for a long time, McKee still competed and called rodeos. He’s been doing more of that while still doing some TV work throughout the year. He loves the opportunity to share his experiences with a crowd.

“As far as my career, 80 percent or 90 percent of what I’ve got is because I take everything I’ve ever done in the arena with me,” he said. “I think that helps me so much.”

It helps the fans in Duncan, too.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Dallas Ebola patient critical

CNN - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:56
An American patient treated for Ebola in Nebraska then released is now in isolation in a hospital in Massachusetts. And an Ebola patient in Dallas has slipped into critical condition.
Categories: National News

Who are the American Ebola patients?

Health - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:48
As another patient with Ebola arrives in the United States, here is a look at the six Americans who have been diagnosed with this deadly virus.
Categories: Health

Nobel Prize work offers hope for Alzheimer's

Health - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:47
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has gone to scientists who are studying cells that form a positioning system in the brain.
Categories: Health

Breaking up is the latest Wall Street craze

Business News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:42
They may not be as juicy as celebrity breakups, but corporate divorces are all the rage these days.

Man in bubble rescued off coast

CNN - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:33
An ultra-marathoner trying to "run" from Florida to Bermuda in a human-powered inflatable bubble was rescued Saturday morning after he signaled for help, the Coast Guard said.
Categories: National News

Searching for Flight 370: Now what?

CNN World - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:21
The next phase in the underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has begun.
Categories: International News

Amazon's 'Transparent' hit

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:09
"Transparent" is creating a lot of buzz, but you won't find it on a network. CNN's Samuel Burke reports.
Categories: Entertainment News

NBA renews television deals with ESPN, TNT

Business News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:46
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Europe's strangest public park

CNN World - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:30
It's home to a sound system from Jamaica and an elephant slide from Chernobyl.
Categories: International News

Brazil presidential vote heads for runoff

CNN World - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:28
Brazil's presidential vote is headed for a runoff.
Categories: International News

What is the 'crusaders' coalition?

CNN World - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:27
U.S. and allied airstrikes in Iraq and Syria are changing the battlefield below. The Pentagon sees progress, even if it's a slog. But there may be unintended consequences of the air campaign -- in a way that will give the West yet another headache.
Categories: International News
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