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Attorney: Band director was wrongly fired over 'flawed' report

CNN - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 2:47pm
The attorney for Ohio State University's fired marching band director contends the university report that led to Jonathan Waters' firing was "deeply flawed."
Categories: National News

Investors help the rich pay off student loans

Business News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 2:42pm
Investors are so hungry for yield in the bond market that they're giving rich college grads money to help pay off their student loans.

Dollar stores joining forces

Business News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 2:40pm
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Botched executions can't be new norm

CNN - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 2:31pm
Megan McCracken and Jennifer Moreno say it's unacceptable for states to experiment with new execution procedures without full disclosure
Categories: National News

Venezuelan ex-general held

CNN World - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 2:24pm
A retired Venezuelan military general wanted in the United States for alleged drug-trafficking ties was arrested in Aruba in a case that could further strain U.S.-Venezuela relations.
Categories: International News

Smith & Wesson hit for overseas bribes

Business News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:56pm
Smith & Wesson has found itself on the wrong side of the law while trying to sell guns to police officials overseas.

Exclusive look inside Hamas tunnels

CNN World - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:45pm
CNN gets an exclusive look inside a Hamas tunnel which Israel says is used to smuggle weapons and launch attacks.
Categories: International News

How to avoid being hit by lightning

Health - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:28pm
CNN's Holly Firfer tells us the best ways to avoid being hit by lightning.
Categories: Health

GOP starts to 'get it' on gay marriage

CNN - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:28pm
Margaret Hoover says some GOP legislators support a state's right to allow same-sex marriage and the right of churches, synagogues and mosques not to perform the sacrament.
Categories: National News

Psychics are bullish on stocks

Business News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:05pm
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Court says 'Ground Zero' cross can stay

CNN - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:01pm
A memorial cross at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York can remain at the newly-opened facility, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
Categories: National News

First look at new 'Hunger Games' trailer

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:48pm
Katniss Everdeen is back. The trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" was released over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, and fans couldn't be more ready.
Categories: Entertainment News

Two 2014 Football Ticket Options

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:34pm
Football camp for the Mississippi State team officially opens Thursday, but the opportunity to purchase two special season-ticket options is available today.

Lightning kills 1, hurts 13 on beach

CNN - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:31pm
Up to seven people were injured Sunday afternoon after a rare lightning strike at California's Venice Beach.
Categories: National News

ESPN commentator apologizes for domestic abuse "provocation" remark

Business News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:26pm
ESPN star Stephen A. Smith apologized on Monday for what he called "the most egregious error of my career," a Friday commentary about domestic abuse that referred to possible "provocation" by victims.

Family's one last photo aboard MH17

CNN World - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:22pm
Dave Hally took one last photo of his wife and 4-year-old daughter before takeoff for their dream vacation aboard MH17. Erin Mclaughlin reports.
Categories: International News

Fair offers affordable entertainment

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:21pm

LOVINGTON, N.M. – There aren’t many places one can go these days for just $8.

For folks near this community of about 10,000 people, that’s all it takes for a full day of entertainment at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, which takes place Friday, Aug. 1-Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Lea County Fairgrounds.

Lea County Fair LogoJust consider what that one ticket is worth: ventriloquist Kevin Johnson, the Equilibrium Circus, the Ham Bone Express Pig Races, the Lea County Xtreme Bulls, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour rodeo, livestock shows, the carnival, great food and some of the top concert acts in the country.

“We do this for the citizens of the county, and they show up every year,” said Corey Helton, chairman of the Lea County Fair Board. “They are the ones who make this possible. Their tax dollars are what put this on.”

That’s important, and it also is why fair-goers are afforded such a bargain. Just the concerts alone would make the annual exposition a valuable piece of entertainment.

Saturday, Aug. 2: Night Ranger and 38 Special
Tuesday, Aug. 5: Casey Donahew Band
Wednesday, Aug. 6: MercyMe
Thursday, Aug. 7: Joe Nichols
Friday, Aug. 8: Dwight Yoakam
            Saturday, Aug. 9: Eli Young Band

The key factor is that the Lea County Commission underwrites the 10-day affair. There are many reasons why county officials support the event, but it all comes back to supporting the community.

“Our fair and rodeo is a quality-of-life deal for the county,” said Dale Dunlap, now in his fifth year on the commission. “It brings in outside people and brings in a lot of contestants and vendors. It provides a lot of economic impact to Lea County.

“It’s something we’ve always done, and it’s always something that keeps getting bigger and better.”

That’s so true. More and more people are learning about the eastern New Mexico gem.

“We want to show the people that we’re interested in giving them entertainment,” said Dunlap, who previously had spent six years on the Lea County Fair Board. “We want to give back to the public and show them that we spend their tax dollars wisely.”

In fact, those involved in livestock showing realize they have something special in Lovington.

“With our livestock show and the sale, it teaches the young folks responsibility,” Dunlap said. “It could pay off in the long run. The sale is what I like to see because there are so many people who turn out to support these kids.”

That says a lot, but that’s what many have come to expect with the exposition.

“The flagship event for the county is the Lea County Fair and Rodeo,” Helton said. “It’s that one week a year that everybody comes together and catches up. Without the citizens here, I don’t think we could do it. The support from them is unbelievable. Whether it’s financial or other support we need, we seem to have it.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

'Woman in black' a social media mystery

CNN - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:24am
The story of a woman dressed in black seen walking down the highway has gone viral. CNN affiliate WATE reports.
Categories: National News

New Wonder Woman draws mixed reaction

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:18am
DC Comics' Wonder Woman has gotten a makeover.
Categories: Entertainment News

Yo backer launches new app

Business News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:06am
Got more on your mind than the word "Yo" conveys? A new messaging app called MIRAGE has you covered.
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