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Google Maps shuts down editing after 'robot peeing' incident

Business News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 18:03
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Greece: 3 reasons to breathe easier

Business News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 18:02
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Veterans stranded after using GI Bill at defunct for-profit college

Business News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 18:00
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Obama administration approves Arctic drilling

CNN - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 17:55
The Obama administration, citing "rigorous safety standards" and a long review process, has granted conditional approval to Shell to begin oil drilling in the Arctic ocean.
Categories: National News

Trio of Diamond Dawgs Up For Multiple Honors

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 17:41
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Three Mississippi State baseball seniors have been named finalists for various national and statewide awards.

Was there a cover-up in bin Laden killing?

CNN - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 17:13
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh is alleging President Barack Obama and his administration lied about the circumstances surrounding the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden.
Categories: National News

Tse, Bell named to The 2015 SEC Community Service Team

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 16:48
STARKVILLE, Miss – Senior Rica Tse and redshirt freshman Ross Bell were named to the 2015 SEC Community Service team for their work off the course.

Etsy stock tanks 8% on fears of counterfeit goods

Business News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 16:32
Etsy, the online marketplace for crafts, is seeing a lot of selling Monday. But this isn't a run on jewelry and hand-made blouses.

NBC goes big with live Neil Patrick Harris show

Business News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 16:00
Live from New York, it's ... NBC's programming schedule!

Why John Oliver's Mother's Day message matters

Business News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:51
John Oliver went on a Mother's Day crusade Sunday night.

Judge rules twin girls have different fathers

CNN - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:05
A New Jersey father has been ordered to pay child support for one girl in a set of twins after DNA tests proved he is not the father of both, according to court documents.
Categories: National News

Police: George Zimmerman involved in Florida shooting

CNN - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 14:56
George Zimmerman -- acquitted by a Florida jury over the death of Trayvon Martin -- was involved in a shooting in Lake Mary, Florida, on Monday, police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said.
Categories: National News

Heaton is rodeo’s ambassador

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 14:48

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Growing up on the family farm just east of Alva, Okla., Lauren Heaton was raised around rodeo.

Now she is the sport’s primary ambassador, the first Miss Rodeo Oklahoma ever crowned as Miss Rodeo America. She carries the torch for the Western lifestyle to events all across North America, including the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.

Lauren Heaton

Lauren Heaton

“This is an industry I grew up in and is what shaped me into who I am,” said Heaton, a 2013 Oklahoma State University graduate. “Now I get to see rodeo on a major scale.

“It’s been phenomenal. It’s been what every little girl dreams of.”

Her travel schedule is hectic but manageable. She lives in different states at a time, commuting through airports and highways. So far this year, she’s represented professional rodeo on the grandest scale imaginable at some of the biggest events.

Maybe that’s why her return to Oklahoma soil is such a critical step in Heaton’s 2015 agenda.

“I grew up going to these rodeos, so to go back as Miss Rodeo Oklahoma then back as Miss Rodeo America is so great,” she said. “I can’t explain enough that this title of Miss Rodeo America is so much more than me; this is something I share with everyone from Oklahoma.”

She’ll share that throughout the week leading up to Claremore’s rodeo. She’s been to major stops on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association trail, like Denver, San Antonio and the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo near Walt Disney World in Florida, Heaton realizes that events like the Will Rogers Stampede are foundation for the sport.

“The small rodeos are great,” Heaton said. “Out of the 5,000 or so PRCA cowboys, the vast majority of them are the ones who can only travel to the smaller rodeos like Claremore. You can still get a phenomenally ran rodeo. Claremore just won the 2014 Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year, so you can see all the big names mixed with the ones who just go around this circuit.

“Fans are getting a great rodeo for their money; they’re getting to see as good a rodeo as any large rodeo you can go to.”

She should know. She and her brothers , Lance and Landon, are the fifth generation of her family that’s been farming and ranching in northern Oklahoma. Her ancestors got their property in the land run, and they were raised by Trent and Melissa Heaton with a strong work ethic and a love for the land.

“I had two older brothers, so I’ve always been a tomboy,” Lauren Heaton said. “I got tied up with their pigging strings, so I’m really good at getting out of knots. We’re a close-knit family, and we don’t have much extended family, so we’re even closer.”

That background has played quite well into her role as Miss Rodeo America. As the sport’s ambassador, she has carries the flag for the entire Western lifestyle while sharing the latest news and trends about the industry. She must be knowledgeable and answer any questions that arise.

“It’s hard work but it encompasses all that I love, so it doesn’t feel like work,” she said. “We’re beating down the road because we love it. I like being the face for all the cowboys and cowgirls across the country. I’m doing what they’d love to be doing as well.

“It’s such a humbling honor. Every time I go to a rodeo, I look around and see all that I’m representing. I’m excited to be part of it.”

It shows in a vibrant smile and a caring nature that has been engrained in the young Oklahoma woman since birth. She knows a lot more goes into being a rodeo queen than a pretty face and trademark wave, and she’s always excited to meet the young girls whose eyes light up as she walks in the room.

“When I see those girls, I just try to think back to what it was like for me when I first met Miss Rodeo America,” Heaton said. “That was Michelle Green (now Mackey) in 1994, and she actually lives in my hometown now. I like to have the same light and the same energy they show me. Every time I go somewhere, it’s their first time seeing and meeting Miss Rodeo America. I like to match their energy.”

Now she holds all that energy in a job she loves. She is part of a group of women who have earned the title in the association’s 60 years.

“You only get one chance at this title,” Heaton said. “To win it and to be a part of that elite group of women is phenomenal. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Buy a woman a C-section for $40

Business News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 14:11
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Epilepsy patients need more than pot

Health - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 14:05
In CNN's "Weed" series, Dr. Sanjay Gupta called for a "marijuana revolution" to help patients who are suffering from pain, seizures, and other serious medical conditions. As a mother of a daughter with Aicardi syndrome, a very rare disorder that causes hard-to-control seizures and significant physical and cognitive disabilities, I couldn't agree more.
Categories: Health

Dr. Doom's latest warning: The art world is 'shady'

Business News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:49
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Uber may now be worth $50 billion. Really?

Business News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:09
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From Wall Street newbie to millionaire by 27

Business News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:03
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'Ride me all day' bus ad backfires

CNN World - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:59
Categories: International News
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