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Every morning at 6:36,7:36, 8:36 Becca updates us on what’s trending in country music. FGL ready to open new restaurant aND Eric Church is proud to be an American! Brett Young excited to start touring with Lady A AND Sam Hunt loves the meaning of Memorial Day. Scotty McCreery performing with National Symphony Orchestra AND Luke Bryan announces Farm Tour. Read More »

Hey Culver would like to be considered for your family!

I understand that the world seeks perfection in ourselves, our lives, our work, and even our pets.  For most of us we simply are stretched thin and can’t include anything more that demands our time. However with this pursuit of perfection we miss beautiful opportunities to experience lessons that will better ourselves, our communities, and the lives of others.  Such ... Read More »

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Monday was a day of play for the New Country 923 staff, a day of team building at 18 North Central in O’fallon, MO.  Check out this video and book your session with your group, reunion, church, wedding, or company today.  I love their motto….”Where grownups come to play with family and friends” This video was made the evening of our ... Read More »

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  • US growth in Jan.-March upgraded to still-slow 1.2 pct. rate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy began 2017 with a whimper — though not quite as weak a whimper as the government had first estimated. The gross domestic product — the broadest gauge of the economy — expanded in the January-March quarter at a 1.2 percent annual rate, the government said Friday. That was better than its initial estimate of ...
  • UK campaigning resumes 4 days after concert attack

    LONDON (AP) — Four days after a suicide bombing plunged Britain into mourning, political campaigning resumed Friday for next month’s general election with the main opposition leader linking deadly terrorism at home to foreign wars like the one in Libya. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn risked being assailed for politicizing the attack on Manchester Arena that killed 22 people by ...
  • Donald Trump, Angela Merkel

    Trump ruffles feathers by calling Germans ‘bad’ _ on trade

    TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) — President Donald Trump has said Germans are “bad” for having a large trade surplus with the United States, drawing attention to a contentious issue at a summit of world leaders where trade is already a sticking point. As the leaders of seven wealthy democracies gathered for difficult talks on trade and climate change, Germany’s Der Spiegel ...
  • US stock indexes waver, keeping market near record highs

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are little changed Friday, keeping indexes near record highs following a six-day winning streak. Technology companies, which have led the market’s recent rally, are flat overall. Video game companies are falling as Wall Street was disappointed by forecasts from GameStop. Consumer-focused companies rose. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index held steady at ...
  • Once at risk of extinction, iconic Warthog plane lives on

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Warthog is sitting pretty. Once on the brink of forced retirement, the A-10 attack plane with the ungainly shape and odd nickname has been given new life, spared by Air Force leaders who have reversed the Obama administration’s view of the plane as an unaffordable extra in what had been a time of tight budgets. In ...
  • Report: Estonia to expel 2 Russian diplomats

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Baltic region’s largest news agency says Estonia has informed Russia that two of its diplomats in the Baltic country will be expelled. Estonian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sandra Kamilova told the Baltic News Service that Russia’s embassy in Tallinn, the capital, had been informed. It was not clear when they would be deported. No one at ...
  • Espen Barth Eide, Mustafa Akinci, Nicos Anastasiades,

    UN envoy calls off Cyprus talks, no deal on peace summit

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A United Nations envoy called off talks with the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus on Friday after failing to find “common ground” on convening a final summit to aim for an overall reunification deal, but the U.N. said the years-long peace process had not collapsed. Espen Barth Eide had been meeting separately with the leaders ...
  • The Latest: US takes ‘full responsibility’ for inquiry leaks

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Latest on the concert bombing in England (all times local): 3:20 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States takes “full responsibility” for the leaking of information from Britain’s investigation of the Manchester concert bombing. Tillerson said during a trip to London on Friday that the U.S. “regrets” the leaks, which British ...
  • Shawn Mendes

    Shawn Mendes: ‘You should never be afraid to enjoy music’

    PARIS (AP) — Days after the deadly bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in England, Shawn Mendes says fans should “never be afraid to enjoy music.” Fan video shows the 18-year-old Canadian pop singer delivering that message Wednesday night at his show in Paris, where nearly 90 people were killed during an attack at an Eagles of Death Metal concert ...
  • Hard Rock charts different path for Trump’s former casino

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jim Allen once worked for Donald Trump in Atlantic City. Now, the chairman of Hard Rock International is doing all he can to scrub the influence of the man who is now president of the United States from his signature casino. Hard Rock, the gambling arm of the Seminole Indian tribe of Florida, is working ...
  • The Latest: G-7 spouses get tours of Mount Etna, monastery

    TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 summit in Taormina, Sicily (all times local): 4 p.m. Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump are both cutting elegant figures at events for spouses on the sidelines of the G-7 summit. The two greeted each other warmly when they met Friday at Catania’s City Hall. Brigitte Macron dressed casually in white jeans, ...
  • Greg Gianforte, Susan Gianforte

    GOP Montana win may be blip in Democrats’ anti-Trump hopes

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Republican businessman won the state’s U.S. House seat after being charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the election, a victory that may temper Democrats’ hopes for a massive anti-Trump wave next year. Greg Gianforte apologized late Thursday for attacking a reporter who had asked about the GOP health care bill. “Last ...
  • A sister uses her gifts to send messages to fallen soldier

    NEENAH, Wis. (AP) — She begins each time by sharpening her tools, with the sound of metal on metal echoing through the sunlit old house she calls both home and workshop. Making a violin is a methodical art. For Sonja St. John, that structure is a necessity — and the routine, in many ways, a saving grace. “It’s a way ...
  • Chris Cornell

    Private service, public viewing for Cornell planned Friday

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is being laid to rest Friday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Representatives for the late singer-songwriter say a private memorial service Friday will be followed by a public viewing of Cornell’s burial site at 3 p.m. PDT. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place for numerous stars, including Jayne ...
  • Man goes wild setting Plinko record on ‘Price is Right’

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania man is in the money after setting a record on “The Price is Right.” Ryan Belz, of Millerton, was wildly enthusiastic just to get called on stage in the episode that aired Thursday. His unbridled excitement only grew from there. In the end, the Penn State graduate set a record by winning $31,500 in one ...
  • The Latest: Democrat concedes to Gianforte in Montana race

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the misdemeanor assault case against Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a special election Thursday. (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Democrat Rob Quist conceded the contest for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House late Thursday to Republican Greg Gianforte. The country singer and political newcomer told supporters ...
  • USAA pulling ads from Hannity’s Fox News show

    NEW YORK (AP) — Financial services firm USAA is adding itself to the list of companies that have pulled advertising from Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel show. But the company, which caters to members of the U.S. military and their families, says the move had nothing to do with pressure on Hannity’s advertisers. Some groups have called for an advertiser ...
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan to drive Indy 500 pace car

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jeffrey Dean Morgan, one of the stars of the hit TV show “The Walking Dead,” will drive the pace car Sunday for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Morgan shot to stardom with a recurring role on ABC’s show “Grey’s Anatomy,” and has appeared on shows ranging from “Supernatural” to the award-winning comedy series “Weeds” on ...
  • Police: Tractor-trailer crashes into famed Nevada brothel

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man wearing body armor and a mask backed a tractor-trailer through the gate of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch before dawn Thursday and crashed it into the front door of the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show, according to authorities and the brothel’s owner. Brian Brandt, 40, of Reno, was arrested and ...
  • Mike Huckabee

    Mike Huckabee to revive his talk show on TBN

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will start a new weekly talk show on the religious Trinity Broadcasting Network this fall. The show will follow a format similar to the weekend show that the former Arkansas governor hosted on Fox News Channel from 2008 to 2015. TBN said on Thursday that the show will be filmed ...
  • Jennifer Lopez

    NBC’s live ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ pushed from December to 2018

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is saying bye-bye this year to its tradition of an annual live holiday musical. The network confirming that “Bye Bye Birdie” has been pushed from its announced December airdate into 2018. No new airdate was announced. The production is still to star Jennifer Lopez in this homage to 1950s rock ‘n’ roll mania. But Lopez ...
  • Saldana and Del Toro help open new Disney ‘Guardians’ ride

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Stepping inside Disney’s latest theme park attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!, is like being thrust into one of blockbuster films’ pulsating, action-packed trailers. Music blares throughout the tower drop ride as guests are treated to a visual feast of images from the “Guardians” universe, as well as cameos by series stars Chris Pratt, Zoe ...
  • Jessica Chastain, Will Smith

    Stars turn out for lavish French Riviera AIDS fundraiser

    CAP D’ANTIBES, France (AP) — A star-studded French Riviera AIDS fundraising gala has raised more than $20 million (17.8 million euros) to combat the disease globally. Guests at the 24th annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala were treated Thursday to musical performances by Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora and Diana Ross, a fashion show and auction of items for the superrich. ...
  • Miles Thompson, Ty Thompson, Lyle Thompson

    Lacrosse documentary debuts Friday in select theaters

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Miles and Lyle Thompson became lacrosse rock stars during their college careers at the University at Albany, attracting long autograph lines after games — at home and on the road. Every kid loves a scorer, and the Native American brothers from the Onondaga Nation outside Syracuse rarely disappointed. They put up staggering offensive numbers — Miles ...
  • Blake Lively

    Blake Lively to lead film from ‘Big Little Lies’ author

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Lively is set to star in an adaptation of the best-seller “The Husband’s Secret,” from “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty. CBS Films said Thursday that Lively will play Cecilia Fitzpatrick in the film and also executive produce. The character is a model wife and mother who discovers an unopened letter from her husband that ...
  • Robert Pattinson

    Pattinson, Sandler lead Oscar contenders out of Cannes

    CANNES, France (AP) — It’s a long way from May in France to February in Los Angeles, but the Cannes Film Festival has often been a breeding ground for Academy Awards campaigns. The Oscars aren’t much on the minds of the filmmakers or attendees in Cannes; the festival is its own achievement, with nearly as much spectacle and prestige as ...
  • GLAAD reports slim increase in LGBTQ representation in film

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The advocacy group GLAAD says the representation of LGBTQ characters in major Hollywood films increased nearly 1 percent in 2016, but the group says many of the portrayals weren’t positive. GLAAD’s annual study released Thursday surveyed 125 releases from the seven major Hollywood studios and found them again to be severely lagging behind strides made in ...
  • US Senate votes to name courthouse after actor Fred Thompson

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has voted to name Nashville’s new federal courthouse after former Sen. Fred Thompson, the late actor who appeared in at least 20 movies and in the TV series “Law & Order.” Sen. Lamar Alexander announced the Senate vote Wednesday on a resolution already passed by the House, leaving the final decision to President ...
  • Shawn Mendes

    Shawn Mendes: ‘You should never be afraid to enjoy music’

    PARIS (AP) — Days after the deadly bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in England, Shawn Mendes says fans should “never be afraid to enjoy music.” Fan video shows the 18-year-old Canadian pop singer delivering that message Wednesday night at his show in Paris, where nearly 90 people were killed during an attack at an Eagles of Death Metal concert ...
  • The Latest: G-7 spouses get tours of Mount Etna, monastery

    TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 summit in Taormina, Sicily (all times local): 4 p.m. Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump are both cutting elegant figures at events for spouses on the sidelines of the G-7 summit. The two greeted each other warmly when they met Friday at Catania’s City Hall. Brigitte Macron dressed casually in white jeans, ...
  • Laura Biagiotti

    Italian fashion designer Laura Biagiotti dies at 73

    ROME (AP) — Laura Biagiotti, an Italian fashion designer who conquered global markets with her soft, loose women’s clothes and luxurious knits that won her the nickname “Queen of Cashmere,” died on Friday following a heart attack. She was 73. Biagiotti suffered the heart attack Wednesday evening at her estate outside of Rome. Doctors were able to resuscitate her but ...
  • Laura Biagiotti’s daughter says the Italian fashion designer has died at 73 after heart attack

    ROME (AP) — Laura Biagiotti’s daughter says the Italian fashion designer has died at 73 after heart attack.
  • Jessica Chastain, Will Smith

    Stars turn out for lavish French Riviera AIDS fundraiser

    CAP D’ANTIBES, France (AP) — A star-studded French Riviera AIDS fundraising gala has raised more than $20 million (17.8 million euros) to combat the disease globally. Guests at the 24th annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala were treated Thursday to musical performances by Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora and Diana Ross, a fashion show and auction of items for the superrich. ...
  • Cornell funeral to take place Friday; widow pens letter

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell will be laid to rest Friday at a private memorial service at a Hollywood cemetery that is the final resting place of numerous stars. The private service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery will be followed by a public memorial that begins at 3 p.m. PDT, during which fans can view Cornell’s burial ...
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan to drive Indy 500 pace car

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jeffrey Dean Morgan, one of the stars of the hit TV show “The Walking Dead,” will drive the pace car Sunday for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Morgan shot to stardom with a recurring role on ABC’s show “Grey’s Anatomy,” and has appeared on shows ranging from “Supernatural” to the award-winning comedy series “Weeds” on ...