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LISTEN: Sweet Becca from the Country Mecca 12/13

Every morning at 6:36,7:36, 8:36 Becca updates us on what’s trending in country music. Sponsored by Kenrick’s Meats! Tickets for the ACM Awards on sale soon AND Brothers Osborne loves Christmas shopping! Kelsea Ballerini likes online shopping AND Dylan Scott welcomes a baby boy! Thomas Rhett, Tyler Hubbard, Russell Dickerson and their wives all go Christmas Caroling in Nashville. Read More »

LISTEN: All I Need to Know About You 12/13

When you don’t understand what Rudolph has to do with Christmas…that’s all I need to know about you! Call us with your stories about the moments in life that make you think, “That’s All I Need to Know About You,” each morning at 7:50a! 314.969.9230 from or 618.399.9230 from IL Read More »

Considering a shelter pet or any pet as a Christmas gift? Read on please

This is Kal Words of wisdom from my friend Michelle! Please make sure the recipient is up for the responsibility. If you’re searching for the perfect gift for that someone special this year?  Have you considered giving a gift of a companion dog?  Whether you prefer purebred, designer breed, small breed, young or mature; you’re in luck, Needy Paws Rescue ... Read More »

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  • Tina Smith

    The Latest: Minnesota Lt. Gov. Smith says she’ll run in 2018

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Mark Dayton’s appointment of a replacement for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken (all times local): 10:15 a.m. The woman who has been appointed to Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s seat says she will also run in a special election next year to complete Franken’s term. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday announced that ...
  • Alabama House Republican discloses cancer diagnosis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Mo Brooks says he has prostate cancer. The four-term Alabama lawmaker made the announcement Wednesday on the House Floor. In an interview, he said he will undergo treatment and was optimistic about the outcome. Brooks sought the GOP nomination in the Senate race and lost. He said that after losing the primary he got a ...
  • With unity in peril, EU leaders tackle refugee quotas

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders will grapple Thursday with one of the most divisive issues ever to face the 28-nation bloc; how to collectively share responsibility for the tens of thousands of people arriving on Europe’s southern shores in search of a better life. Ahead of an EU summit in Brussels, fresh tensions have surfaced over the perceived need ...
  • Mark Dayton

    Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to replace Sen. Al Franken until a special election in November, setting up his long-time and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 election. Smith was widely seen as Dayton’s top choice from the moment Franken announced his resignation last week, and she is ...
  • Wife of Luc Robitaille tweets about Trump elevator encounter

    NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of Hall of Fame hockey player Luc Robitaille has tweeted about an encounter with Donald Trump more than two decades ago in an elevator at Madison Square Garden. Stacia Robitaille wrote Monday on Twitter that Trump “was aggressive & told me I was coming home with him. I laughed, stating I was married to ...
  • ‘Mannequin Skywalker’ rides Blue Origin’s new crew capsule

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Blue Origin’s ‘Mannequin Skywalker’ has rocketed almost all the way to space, just in time for the new Star Wars movie. The aerospace company led by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos launched its New Shepard rocket Tuesday from West Texas for the seventh time. It marked the first flight, though, of the latest version of Blue Origin’s ...
  • ‘Three Billboards’ tops SAG noms, ‘Big Sick’ bounces back

    NEW YORK (AP) — In nominations announced Wednesday, the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards heartily endorsed the Frances McDormand-led revenge drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” offered swift redemption for the Golden Globes-overlooked romantic comedy “The Big Sick” and left many Oscar favorites empty handed. Martin McDonaugh’s “Three Billboards” led all films with four nominations, including best ensemble, and acting ...
  • Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Phil X, Hugh McDonald

    Rock Hall 2018 class: Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues

    NEW YORK (AP) — Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees. The Cars, as well as first-time contenders Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, also are part of the 2018 class announced Wednesday. They will be inducted ...
  • Bjorn Ulvaeus

    Here we go again: ABBA exhibition takes visitors back to 70s

    LONDON (AP) — ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus says a new London exhibition about the Swedish pop group took him right back to the 1970s — and he realized some things haven’t changed. Abba: Super Troupers includes reconstructions of the hotel room in England band members stayed in after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, a 70s’ recording studio and a typically ...
  • AP’s top songs of 2017: SZA, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Sam Hunt

    NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu. 1. SZA, “The Weekend”: Firstly, it samples Justin Timberlake’s masterpiece, “Set the Mood (Prelude)/Until the End of Time.” Secondly, SZA is singing vulnerable lyrics about sharing her man with another woman, or women (dating is a struggle, people!) And thirdly, SZA paints ...
  • Pat DiNizio, lead singer of Smithereens, dead at 62

    SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — Lead singer and songwriter of the New Jersey rock band Smithereens, Pat DiNizio, has died at age 62. The band announced on Facebook that DiNizio died Tuesday. The cause of death was not announced. DiNizio posted several days ago that he was hopeful of getting back on tour as he continued physical therapy for neck ...
  • Terfel, like others, exits troubled Met Opera ‘Tosca’

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera could retitle its troubled new production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” calling it “And Then There Were None.” Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has withdrawn from the role of Scarpia due to vocal fatigue, the Met said Tuesday. The staging, which opens on New Year’s Eve, previously lost its original soprano, tenor and conductor, plus its first ...
  • Man who pretended to be Miley Cyrus’ brother gets 6 years

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a New Hampshire man who pretended to be Miley Cyrus’ brother to entice a 14-year-old boy to send him sexually explicit photos and videos online has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison. Twenty-two-year-old Brandon Gray, of New Hampton, admitted using the alias and was sentenced Monday on charges of possession of ...
  • Residents near Speedway says concert prohibited by agreement

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Several people who live near the New Hampshire Motor Speedway have gone to court to block a proposed three-day country music festival planned for next year. The neighbors cite a 1989 agreement that prohibits the Loudon track from hosting concerts that aren’t tied to racing events. Officials in Loudon granted permission for the one-time concert, followed ...
  • List of nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A list of the nominees for the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Wednesday in West Hollywood, California: MOVIES Actor: Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name,” James Franco, “The Disaster Artist,” Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out,” Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” and Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, ESQ.” Actress: Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul,” Sally ...
  • Anderson Cooper

    CNN says Anderson Cooper’s Twitter account apparently hacked

    NEW YORK (AP) — CNN says Anderson Cooper’s Twitter account was hacked after a since-removed tweet from his handle called the president a “tool” and a “pathetic loser” following Democrat Doug Jones win in Alabama’s Senate election. The cable network tweeted early Wednesday that “someone gained access” to Anderson’s account and sent the tweet to the president. “We’re working with ...
  • Omarosa Manigault

    Prominent black supporter of Trump set to leave White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Omarosa Manigault Newman — one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters — plans to leave the administration next month. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Manigault Newman’s resignation is effective Jan. 20, one year since Trump’s inauguration. Manigault Newman’s decision comes at the start of what’s expected to be ...
  • Red Nose Day returns to NBC in 2018 to raise money for kids

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Red Nose Day is returning to NBC in 2018. The network announced Wednesday that it will support the fundraising campaign to end child poverty with a prime-time TV special on May 24, 2018. Walgreens stores will again sell red clown noses to raise money for the campaign. Organizers say Red Nose Day has raised $100 million ...
  • Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google in 2017

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin’s hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty’s death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And “Cash Me Outside.” These were some of the people, topics and memes that trended to the top of Google searches in 2017. The search terms reflected the United States in upheaval over sexual misconduct ...
  • NFL Network suspends analysts over sexual misconduct suit

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame player Marshall Faulk and two other NFL Network analysts were suspended after a woman who worked as a wardrobe stylist at the network accused them of sexual misconduct in a lawsuit. The NFL on Tuesday identified the three as Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans. They have been “suspended from their duties at ...
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders

    CNN’s Acosta complains of White House threat

    NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s Jim Acosta says he was warned by the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders not to ask a question during President Donald Trump’s bill signing ceremony on Tuesday, further evidence of sour relations between the network and administration. Acosta said Sanders told him that if he asked Trump a question, “she could not promise that ...
  • ‘Mannequin Skywalker’ rides Blue Origin’s new crew capsule

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Blue Origin’s ‘Mannequin Skywalker’ has rocketed almost all the way to space, just in time for the new Star Wars movie. The aerospace company led by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos launched its New Shepard rocket Tuesday from West Texas for the seventh time. It marked the first flight, though, of the latest version of Blue Origin’s ...
  • ‘Three Billboards’ tops SAG noms, ‘Big Sick’ bounces back

    NEW YORK (AP) — In nominations announced Wednesday, the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards heartily endorsed the Frances McDormand-led revenge drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” offered swift redemption for the Golden Globes-overlooked romantic comedy “The Big Sick” and left many Oscar favorites empty handed. Martin McDonaugh’s “Three Billboards” led all films with four nominations, including best ensemble, and acting ...
  • List of nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A list of the nominees for the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Wednesday in West Hollywood, California: MOVIES Actor: Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name,” James Franco, “The Disaster Artist,” Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out,” Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” and Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, ESQ.” Actress: Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul,” Sally ...
  • ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Titanic’ added to National Film Registry

    NEW YORK (AP) — A band of misfits known as the Goonies, a sinking ship, some baseball ghosts and the unrelenting New York cop John McClane are being added to the prestigious National Film Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films “The Goonies,” ”Titanic,” ”Field of Dreams” and “Die Hard” are among the 25 movies tapped for ...
  • Stormtroopers and princes on London’s ‘Last Jedi’ red carpet

    LONDON (AP) — Prince William and Prince Harry joined the cast of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at the film’s European premiere Tuesday, delighting fans who braved the London cold for a glimpse of Hollywood stars and British royalty. But cast and crew were silent on reports that the royal siblings make a cameo appearance in the much-anticipated film. The ...
  • Bruce Brown, whose ‘Endless Summer’ redefined surfing, dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bruce Brown, whose 1966 surfing documentary “The Endless Summer” molded the image of the surfer as a seeker of adventure and fulfillment and transformed the sport, has died. He was 80. Brown died of natural causes Sunday in Santa Barbara, said Alex Mecl, general manager of Bruce Brown Films. Along with the music of the Beach ...
  • CAA to form legal defense fund for harassment victims

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful Hollywood talent agency CAA is canceling its annual pre-Golden Globe Awards party and planning to form a legal defense fund to assist workplace harassment victims across all industries. A person with knowledge of the plans who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly said Monday that the ...
  • ‘Three Billboards’ tops SAG noms, ‘Big Sick’ bounces back

    NEW YORK (AP) — In nominations announced Wednesday, the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards heartily endorsed the Frances McDormand-led revenge drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” offered swift redemption for the Golden Globes-overlooked romantic comedy “The Big Sick” and left many Oscar favorites empty handed. Martin McDonaugh’s “Three Billboards” led all films with four nominations, including best ensemble, and acting ...
  • Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Phil X, Hugh McDonald

    Rock Hall 2018 class: Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues

    NEW YORK (AP) — Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees. The Cars, as well as first-time contenders Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, also are part of the 2018 class announced Wednesday. They will be inducted ...
  • AP’s top songs of 2017: SZA, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Sam Hunt

    NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu. 1. SZA, “The Weekend”: Firstly, it samples Justin Timberlake’s masterpiece, “Set the Mood (Prelude)/Until the End of Time.” Secondly, SZA is singing vulnerable lyrics about sharing her man with another woman, or women (dating is a struggle, people!) And thirdly, SZA paints ...
  • Saudi king prioritizes economic reforms for coming year

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi King Salman delivered a speech on Wednesday outlining his government’s priorities for the coming year, urging citizens to support economic reforms and the government’s anti-corruption drive. In early November, the king’s son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, oversaw the unprecedented arrest of top princes, businessmen and officials allegedly involved in corruption. Many ...
  • Artie Lange

    Comedian Artie Lange arrested for skipping court

    HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Comedian Artie Lange has been arrested for skipping a court appearance. NJ.com reports Lange was arrested Tuesday night at his home in Hoboken. Authorities say Lange failed to appear in Superior Court in Essex County for charges stemming from a drug arrest earlier this year. Police said they found Lange with a bag of heroin during ...
  • Meghan Markle, Prince Harry

    Meghan Markle to join royal family for Christmas

    LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry’s fiancee is set to join Britain’s royal family for Christmas. Kensington Palace says Meghan Markle will join Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals at Sandringham, a sprawling estate in Norfolk, 110 miles (175 kilometers) north of London. The royals usually exchange gifts on Christmas Eve and attend a church service at St. Mary Magadalene ...
  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. DEMOCRAT WINS IN STUNNING ALABAMA UPSET Doug Jones won the state’s special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and Trump, who endorsed Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. 2. TRUMP TWEET DRAWS HEATED REPLY Democrats admonish ...