Jan 23

Corn growers lobby legislators

Missouri Corn Growers Association met with new and returning lawmakers at the state Capitol on Wednesday in their annual trek to share policy priorities and concerns at the start of each legislative session . Association President Mark Scott of Wentzville tells Brownfield the growers’ message to state lawmakers is that 97 percent of Missouri farms …

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Jan 23

Senate bill reduces estate tax rate

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is co-sponsoring a bill that would reduce the estate tax to 20-percent. Blunt says that is equal to the capital gains tax rate. He says the measure would bring relief to family farms and businesses who often suffer “a crushing blow” from the current estate tax rates as they try to …

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Jan 23

Minnesota farmers cautiously optimistic about China

Minnesota farmers are cautiously optimistic about a major trade breakthrough with China. Michael Petefish of Claremont says he’s anxious for progress ahead of high-level trade talks between the U.S. and China next week. “You’re always hoping for something good to happen, but it always seems to slip away at the end. So those letdowns have …

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Jan 23

Randy Travis’ autobiography, “Forever and Ever, Amen,” coming May 14

Thomas NelsonRandy Travis‘ autobiography, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life, will be published May 14 by Christian imprint Thomas Nelson.

The memoir follows the Country Music Hall of Famer from his troubled youth in North Carolina through his more than 40 years in the music business. Along the way, it covers both his divorce and his recovery from a massive stroke.

“I didn’t really feel I had a book to write until I stood on the distant shore and looked back over the ripples my life has made — on myself and on others,” Travis says. “My songs were the stories of my life and I learned from those who listened [that] they were theirs too. My fans inspired me and continue to do so.”

The book was written with best-selling author Ken Abraham, who’s previously worked with the likes of Chuck NorrisGeorge Foreman, and televangelist Jim Bakker.

It borrows its title from Travis’s 1987 #1 hit “Forever and Ever, Amen,” as well as his debut album, Storms of Life.

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Jan 23

Randy’s Travis’ autobiography, “Forever and Ever, Amen,” coming May 14

Thomas NelsonRandy Travis‘ autobiography, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life, will be published May 14 by Christian imprint Thomas Nelson.

The memoir follows the Country Music Hall of Famer from his troubled youth in North Carolina through his more than 40 years in the music business. Along the way, it covers both his divorce and his recovery from a massive stroke.

“I didn’t really feel I had a book to write until I stood on the distant shore and looked back over the ripples my life has made — on myself and on others,” Travis says. “My songs were the stories of my life and I learned from those who listened [that] they were theirs too. My fans inspired me and continue to do so.”

The book was written with best-selling author Ken Abraham, who’s previously worked with the likes of Chuck NorrisGeorge Foreman, and televangelist Jim Bakker.

It borrows its title from Travis’s 1987 #1 hit “Forever and Ever, Amen,” as well as his debut album, Storms of Life.

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Jan 23

Extremist-related killings in 2018 ‘overwhelmingly linked to right-wing’ movements: ADL

ChiccoDodiFC/iStock(NEW YORK) — At least 50 people were killed at the hands of domestic extremists in 2018, an increase of 35 percent from the previous year, a new report from the Anti-Defamation League has found. That total makes 2018 the fourth deadliest year for extremist killings since 1970, and 2018 also saw the highest percentage …

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Jan 23

At least 5 dead in shooting at Florida bank, suspect in custody: Police

Fedorovekb/iStock(SEBRING, Fla.) — At least five people wre killed when a gunman opened fire in a SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida, on Wednesday, police said. The 21-year-old suspect barricaded himself inside before later surrendering to authorities, police said. The suspect had contacted authorities and told them that he fired shots inside the bank, sending officers …

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Jan 23

It’s hard to be a “Diamond in a Rhinestone World”: Dolly to be honored with exhibit at Grammy Museum

ABC/Lou RoccoShe’s already 2019’s MusiCares Person of the Year, and now, Dolly Parton will also be honored with her own exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Diamond in a Rhinestone World: The Costumes of Dolly Parton will feature iconic items of clothing from the eight-time Grammy winner’s personal archives, including outfits she’s worn on album covers, in music videos, and onstage.

“I probably have thousands of dresses from over the years,” Dolly admits. “I had a hard time letting go of some of my favorites, but I’m excited for them to be included in this exhibit. I can’t wait to see them on display at the GRAMMY Museum!”

This is the first time Dolly’s ever participated in an exhibit outside of her Chasing Rainbows museum at Dollywood, her Pigeon Forge, Tennessee theme park.

Fans can get their first look at Dolly’s duds on February 4, the same day the entertainment icon takes part in a Town Hall Program in the museum’s Clive Davis Theater. The exhibit will run through March 17.

It takes its name from a line in Dolly’s 1984 #1 from the movie Rhinestone, “Tennessee Homesick Blues.”

Dolly’s MusiCares tribute follows on Friday, February 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, just two nights before this year’s Grammys.

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Jan 23

Suspect fires shots inside Florida bank, barricades himself, later surrenders: Police

Fedorovekb/iStock(SEBRING, Fla.) — A suspect fired gunshots at a SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida, on Wednesday and barricaded himself inside before later surrendering to authorities, local police said. The suspect had contacted authorities and told them that he fired shots inside the bank, sending officers rushing to the scene, the Sebring Police Department said. Negotiations …

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Jan 23

Meet Amazon Scout, a delivery robot with a human chaperone (for now)

Amazon(NEW YORK) — Amazon launched a sidewalk robot delivery service on Wednesday, but it comes with a human chaperone. “Amazon Scout,” a blue-colored, six-wheeled, self-driving cart “the size of a small cooler,” started delivering packages “at a walking pace” in Snohomish County, Washington, according to an Amazon blog post. The pilot program is starting with …

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