Five stories that have North Texas talking: 15-year-old sells her Grand Champion steer; Super Bowl weekend met with protests; Cowboys nab multiple awards; and more.
Mayor Betsy Price made the winning bid for the Grand Champion steer at the Fort Worth Stock Show this weekend. Rocco, a European crossbred shown by Mikala Grady, a 15-year-old from Grandview, was purchased Saturday for $240,000 by Price and the more than 170 members of the Women Steering Business, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The amount paid for the 1,388-pound steer ties the record set in 2015.
Price said the group has raised $900,000 to spend on Sale of Champions purchases in its five years. The women’s group had set a goal five years ago to buy a Grand Champion in the next five years — only if the steer were shown by a woman, the Star-Telegram reports. “We want to promote everybody,” Price said. “But this is particularly for these gals [who are showing] to see women come together and do something like this.”
Rocco was donated to the Fort Worth Arlington Heights High School 4-H program, where he will be studied or possibly resold, Women Steering Business member Becky Renfro Borbolla tells the Star-Telegram. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- Super Bowl weekend in Houston was met with multiple protests. On Sunday, hundreds of demonstrators walked from Hermann Park in Houston to NRG Stadium to protest “everything from Trump's immigration policies to criticism toward the city for investing so much in Super Bowl festivities and not enough on local neighborhoods,” the Houston Chronicle reports. Before the Atlanta Falcons faced off with the New England Patriots, about 300 protesters on Saturday turned out at Discovery Green, right outside Super Bowl festivities, and on Friday, hundreds more were demonstrating at The Galleria. [The Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media]
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- The Cowboys didn’t get to the Super Bowl but they didn’t end the season empty-handed. A slew of honors were announced this weekend. Dak Prescott beat teammate Ezekiel Elliott to take the 2016 Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Prescott stepped in when quarterback Tony Romo was injured in the preseason. Coach Jason Garrett won the 2016 Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year award. Garrett led Dallas to an NFC-best 13-3 record in a turnaround season before losing to Green Bay in the playoffs. And owner Jerry Jones is part of the seven-man class heading into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. [The Associated Press]
- Meet an interior designer from Dallas that transforms living spaces for families emerging from poverty and homelessness. Lisa Robison founded the nonprofit Dwell with Dignity to use her creative talents in a way that would help her community. She remembers the first home she worked on and how a neighbor was obviously curious about what she was doing. Robison invited the neighbor into the apartment, and the neighbor gasped and exclaimed, “I can breathe in here.” From that moment, Robison knew she wanted to see how far she could take this effort. Today, Dwell with Dignity has designed and furnished 100 interiors. [Art&Seek]
- Lawmaking in Texas is pretty complicated. What do you want to know about it? The 2017 Texas Legislative session is underway. State legislators meet every other year for 140 days in a frenzy of debating, deal-making, stand-taking, bill-killing and, occasionally, law-making. KERA and public radio stations across Texas want to know what you want to know about the Legislature: how it works, why it works the way it does and what you want lawmakers to do. We want your voice to be heard as we cover the state Capitol, so send us your questions! Use the form below. [Texas Station Collaborative]