Jun 18

FGL shows how Country Cares for Kids, bringing their entire tour lineup to St. Jude in Memphis

ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/PR NewswireFlorida Georgia Line put on the biggest concert St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has ever seen last weekend, bringing the entire lineup of their Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour to the hospital’s Memphis campus.

Dan + ShayMorgan WallenCanaan Smith, and HARDY all entertained patients and their families on Saturday prior to their show that night in Southaven, Mississippi.

After the up-close-and-personal show, the artists’ wives stuck around for a personal tour of the hospital — which was founded by actor and comedian Danny Thomas — while their husbands went off to work.

Country music enjoys an especially close relationship with the hospital, which works to cure childhood cancer and other diseases.  Since Alabama’s Randy Owen founded the Country Cares for Kids campaign thirty years ago, artists, fans, and radio stations have raised more than $800 million for the facility, where no family ever receives a bill.

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Jun 18

Planting delays, demand questions move markets

Soybeans ended the trading session slightly higher in most months because of concerns about late planting and whether yields will fall because of it. The latest crop progress report says soybean planting was just 77 percent finished – well under the 93 percent average pace. With more rain on the way, DTN cites analysts who …

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Jun 18

Phoenix couple in viral-video arrest, community activist vow to ‘shut down’ mayor’s town hall

Obtained by ABC News(PHOENIX) — A Phoenix couple at the center of a viral-video arrest say they will confront the city’s mayor and police chief at a community meeting Tuesday night about why police officers who pulled guns on them and their children last month and threatened to shoot them have not been stripped of …

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Jun 18

In new “Playboy” interview, Maren Morris refuses to “just shut up and sing”

Columbia Nashville If you’re scandalized by the fact that Maren Morris appears in the new issue of Playboy, the “Girl” hitmaker wants to remind you that no less a country legend than Dolly Parton also took some tasteful, non-nude photos for the magazine back in 1978.

As part of Playboy’s 20Q, Maren talks about sexuality, body image, marriage, pop crossovers, fitting into the country mold, and much more.  She confesses that “locking into becoming an established country artist…has been daunting.”

“It’s where I’m comfortable; it’s what I grew up in,” she continues. “But I’m sick of the standards we’ve been forced into, and it scares me that I’m getting so fed up with certain norms.”

As an example, Maren cites posting a photo of a Parkland shooting survivor and losing “probably 5,000 followers” on social media.

Maren does admit that she’s “speaking such a loud, noisy concept of what it means to be a woman in the music industry right now,” but notes, “I could just shut up and sing, keep my head down, not talk about politics or sexuality in my songs, [but] sometimes it’s [about] letting it all be a little more freewheeling.”

And Maren has no regrets.

“Every time I’ve spoken up or clapped back at some troll, it has been very much me,” she says. “I wouldn’t go back on any of it, because they deserved it.”

Maren also feels a responsibility to stand up for her fellow female country artists.

“I’m just trying to say, while I have the success and while I’m here, why aren’t any of my friends getting played [on the radio]?” she asks. “I want to shine a light while I have it and not let it be just about me.”

You can read Maren’s full Playboy article online now.

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Jun 18

Feds seize over $1 billion of cocaine in historic bust in Philadelphia, officials say

nensuria/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — Federal officials made a massive cocaine bust in Philadelphia Tuesday, seizing an estimated 16.5 tons of the drug from a ship there — with a street value of over $1 billion, officials said. The historic bust — the largest in the history of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania — comes amid a series …

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Jun 18

Little change; excessively wet pattern continues

A procession of storms will maintain showery conditions during the next several days from the Plains to the middle and northern Atlantic States. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches or more across this entire area, with some of the highest totals expected across the eastern Corn Belt. Only a few areas, including …

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Jun 18

Rains on the central Plains, lingering in the Ohio Valley

Across the Corn Belt, rain is falling in the Ohio Valley and from Michigan to Nebraska. On June 16, topsoil moisture was at least 30% surplus in all Midwestern States east of the Mississippi River, led by Ohio (71% surplus). U.S. corn and soybean emergence—79 and 55%, respectively—remains at a record-slow pace over the past …

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Jun 18

LIFT Media summit

Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Tom Steever will be on the ground in Champaign, Illinois on Tuesday June 25 & 26 for the LIFT Media summit hosted by West Central and the LIFT Partners, Vive Crop Protection, Corteva Agriscience, Nufarm and Valent. Continue reading LIFT Media summit at Brownfield Ag News.      

Jun 18

After three weeks at #1 with “Whiskey Glasses,” Morgan Wallen’s ready to start “Chasin’ You”

ABC/Image Group LANobody seems to want to take off their “Whiskey Glasses,” least of all Morgan Wallen. The East Tennessee native’s latest hit is currently spending its third week atop Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

“The power of this song, my fans, and country radio continues to just blow me away,” Morgan reflects. “I can’t even express how grateful I am to everybody who made this all possible.”

“Thank you for my first multi-week #1!” he adds.

Previously, Morgan took his first trip to the top of the chart last June with “Up Down,” his collaboration with his pals Florida Georgia Line.

He continues on the road this summer on FGL’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour, before joining Luke Combs’ Beer Never Broke My Heart trek in October.

Look for Morgan to get romantic with his next single: it’ll be “Chasin’ You” from his If I Know Me album.

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Jun 18

Chris Lane has “Big, Big Plans” for new fiancee Lauren Bushnell

James Devaney/Getty ImagesChris Lane is now officially off the market, after asking girlfriend Lauren Bushnell to marry him on Sunday.

The “I Don’t Know About You” hitmaker got her dad’s permission to pop the question on Father’s Day, and did it in the backyard of her family’s Oregon home.

“I knew she wouldn’t want some elaborate crazy proposal,” Chris tells People. “So, I decided to keep it pretty casual.”

“I asked her parents for different places in Portland I could potentially take her to,” he continues, “but after a lot of thought I decided doing it at the family cookout would be the most laid-back setting and that she’d appreciate the simplicity of me proposing to her in her parents’ backyard.”

Chris wrote the song “Big, Big Plans” for Lauren and used it as part of the romantic moment, even capturing the whole thing on video. You can check it out for yourself on YouTube.

“I lost it,” The Bachelor alum admits. “It was the happiest moment of my life!”

Chris says he expects Lauren will do most of the wedding planning, though he’ll probably help pick the pastor who officiates, because that’s important to him.

The two had been friends for awhile and started dating last fall, before moving in together in March.

So far, Chris and Lauren haven’t revealed what they’re thinking as far as a wedding date.

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