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700 infants exposed to TB at Texas hospital

Health - 4 hours 1 min ago
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

Why Home Depot is not the next Target

Business News - 4 hours 1 min ago
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Alma teen is ready to defend title

Twisted Rodeo - 4 hours 9 min ago


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cooper Martin has a special place in his heart for the American Royal Invitational Youth Rodeo.

“Defending my American Royal title is like defending my national title,” said Nelson of Alma, Kan.

The last 12 months have been pretty special for the high school senior, who added two major titles to his already growing resume. Last September, the 17-year-old cowboy earned the American Royal title, one he will try to defend this week during the youth rodeo, set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and noon Wednesday-Friday at Hale Arena.

AmericanRoyalThis past July at the National High School Finals Rodeo, Martin won the tie-down roping title, beating a field that consisted of the very best cowboys from across the country. When he competes during his age division Wednesday afternoon, he will have that experience with him.

“It’s a great rodeo, for the kids that watch it, especially,” Martin said, referring to the students who enjoy the rodeo each day while part of field trips to tour the American Royal complex. “It’s just as good for the contestants, too.”

That’s just one of the reasons young rodeo athletes make their way to Kansas City every fall. The others are a chance to win one of the most prestigious events in which they can compete, to ride in the same arena as ProRodeo’s top stars and to play a game they love.

“The guys that work the hardest – those pros that are making a living at it and making the (National Finals Rodeo) – they’re doing what they love,” Martin said. “That’s why I work so hard. I put in all of my time into rodeo to where hopefully someday I can make it my job.”

How much time? He takes his high school courses online to leave him time to chase his dreams.

“It’s my life; it’s all I do,” said Martin, who will compete in the youth rodeo for the sixth straight year. “That’s why I take online classes so I can practice every day and go to more rodeos.”

It seems to be working, but so are the lessons that come with competing at a high level, whether through experiences or by enlisting assistance from quality trainers.

“I’ve had a lot of help from Roy Durfey, Junior Lewis and Monty Dyer; I would not be at the level I am without any of them,” he said. “I’ve also had a lot of help from my family. My mom and dad do everything they can to help me so that I have cattle in my practice pen and fuel in my tank.”

That’s a valuable tool for any competitor, but it’s especially nice for Martin. Neither of his parents – mom Candi and dad Chris – competed in rodeo, but they’ve been supportive for Cooper and his younger sister, Caxton, 13, who will compete in barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying during Thursday’s performance.

“My parents both grew up on ranches, and that’s what we do here,” he said. “When I started kindergarten, they told me I needed to choose a sport. I always rode horses and did stuff on horses, and that’s how I got started in rodeo. They took me to my first rodeo when I was in kindergarten, and I’ve been going ever since.”

Of course, adding another American Royal title would be a nice feather to add to his cowboy hat

“That’s a big win, and you want to be able to prove yourself that it was not an accident when you won the first time,” Martin said. “I want to prove myself over and over again.”

It looks like he won’t slow down any time soon.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

400 officers close in on alleged cop killer

CNN - 4 hours 10 min ago
Eric Frein has training as a marksman, and police say he's a survivalist. They worry he may be hunting more officers. Who is he?
Categories: National News

'Cosby Show': Our 10 favorite moments

CNN Entertainment - 4 hours 11 min ago
In honor of "The Cosby Show's" 30th anniversary, here are 10 of the series' best moments.
Categories: Entertainment News

Honey Boo Boo's parents breakup

CNN Entertainment - 4 hours 12 min ago
Honey Boo Boo's parents are calling it quits.
Categories: Entertainment News

Colin Farrell confirms he's joining the cast of 'True Detective'

CNN Entertainment - 4 hours 14 min ago
Colin Farrell has confirmed that he'll be joining "True Detective" for its second season.
Categories: Entertainment News

More than 700 infants exposed to TB

CNN - 4 hours 17 min ago
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: National News

More than 700 infants exposed to TB

CNN - 4 hours 17 min ago
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: National News

200,000 flee from ISIS in Syria

CNN World - 4 hours 27 min ago
An unprecedented number of Syrian Kurds flood into Turkey and away from ISIS, as Turkish officials close most border crossings.
Categories: International News

Mississippi State, Texas A&M Set For 11 a.m. ESPN Kickoff On Oct. 4

Bulldog Beat - 4 hours 31 min ago
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Mississippi State's Southeastern Conference home opener against No. 6/7 Texas A&M on Oct. 4 will kick off at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN, the league office announced Monday.

Is the White House secure?

CNN - 4 hours 41 min ago
Two security incidents in two days have raised concerns about the safety at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Categories: National News

Buying gold has never been this easy

Business News - 4 hours 57 min ago
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Chrysler recalls more than 230,000 SUVs

Business News - 5 hours 8 min ago
Chrysler is recalling more than 230,000 Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees worldwide due to a faulty fuel pump that could cause engines to stall.

'Dead Beat Kenya' exposes dads

CNN World - 5 hours 19 min ago
Private parental disputes in Kenya are going online -- and viral.
Categories: International News

Stephenville steps up for rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - 5 hours 19 min ago

STEPHENVILLE, Texas – This community’s motto is more than a phrase; it’s a lifestyle

The Cowboy Capital of the World is proof of the tremendous athletic talent that resides in Erath County. Over the last few years, the community’s rodeo has made changes to be a true showcase of that – first changing the date to the end of September to help draw more fans, then increasing the purse to attract the biggest names in the game.

Chad Decker

Chad Decker

“With college kids in town, our population doubles,” said Chad Decker, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo, set for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Lone Star Arena. “In June, the college population wasn’t here. We’re trying to do the best job for the community.

“We’re also trying to get the cowboys and cowgirls. Now that it’s one of the last rodeos of the year, we feel like we’re going to be the rodeo they’ll all want to get to.”

ProRodeo’s regular season concludes on that Sunday. When the checks are tabulated the next day, everyone will know who finished among the top 15 money-earners in each event, signifying those coveted qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. That’s what makes the Stephenville rodeo so vital for the top contestants in the land.

“We’re giving them a chance to make it,” Decker said.

Decker and other volunteers stepped up their fund-raising efforts. This year, the committee will put $47,500 into the pot, which will be added to the contestants’ entry fees to make up the overall purse. That means solid payouts for the top finishers.

Another key feature for the top cowboys in the game is in the quality of livestock. The Cowboy Capital of the World Rodeo has the benefit of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo as its livestock producer. Last year alone, 27 Carr animals that were selected to buck at the NFR.

“Anytime Pete Carr has a rodeo, you know the stock’s going to be great,” said rookie Sage Kimzey, the No. 1 bull rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. “His bull string is one of the best in the business.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Photos: Life in the hot zone

CNN World - 5 hours 22 min ago
Categories: International News

Nigerian police accused of torture

CNN World - 5 hours 26 min ago
Nigerian security forces routinely torture people -- including women and children -- taken in as suspects or for interrogation, Amnesty International has claimed in a graphic new report.
Categories: International News

Brazil bets on buses

CNN World - 5 hours 29 min ago
Meet Curitiba's Bus Rapid Transit system, paving a new way for mobility with traditional means.
Categories: International News
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