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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Tickets for Kelsea Ballerini‘s first concert in London, England on May 11 sold out in less than an hour.

Sally Williams, the former General Manager of Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, is the new general manager of the Grand Ole Opry. She takes over from Pete Fisher, who left the Opry to head the Academy of Country Music.

Watch for Chris Janson to co-host CMT Hot 20 Countdown the weekend of April 1.

LOCASH will do their new single, “Ring on Every Finger,” March 16 during the 10 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today show.

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Chris Young is sitting on top of the world -- sitting at the top of the chart -- with Vince Gill

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ABC/Image Group LAFor Chris Young, few things could be better than enjoying the ninth #1 of his career — except perhaps sharing that milestone with one of his great inspirations.

Chris recalls going to see Vince Gill as one of his very first concert experiences, and it’s the Country Music Hall of Famer who lends his background vocals to “Sober Saturday Night.”

“It’s such a cool experience for me,” Chris admits, “being a fan of Vince Gill, and asking him and him actually saying yes that he would like to be a part of my record, no matter what it was!” he laughs.

The I’m Comin’ Over hitmaker also loves “Sober Saturday Night” because it’s a throwback to country music’s roots.

“It’s different than a lot of the songs that I’ve put out,” Chris says, “and that it’s pretty much a straight-up sad country song. And there’s such a great history of those, really, in the format that I just was like really hoping that this one would stack up. It’s one of my favorite things that I’ve written in quite a while,” he adds.

Vince’s most recent trip to country’s top ten came in 2000 with the song, “Feels Like Love.”

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Afghan family with visas released after days of detention

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By Jeanette Torres

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A family of five from Afghanistan, detained by immigration officials in Los Angeles for unknown reasons since last Thursday, was released and reunited shortly before a court hearing on Monday.

Attorneys representing the father, mother and three young children — ages 6 years, 7 years and 8 months — told ABC News the government has yet to disclose why they were held. Publicly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials refuse to talk about the case.

All five family members held special immigration visas or SIVs, which are set aside for individuals who have worked for the U.S government in Afghanistan or Iraq and could be harmed in their home country because of their service for the U.S. government.

Attorneys said obtaining an SIV takes a substantial amount of time and vetting before arriving in the United States.

The father, known in court documents as John Doe, worked for the U.S. government in Afghanistan and the entire family was extensively vetted, their attorneys said.

“This really shows this detention was unjustified from its inception,” said Attorney Talia Inlender after the hearing.

Inlender told ABC News that the family was held for almost two days without any communication and without access to attorneys after arriving at LAX. Then, the family was separated. She said the father was held at a detention center in Orange, California, while the mother and three children were held in downtown Los Angeles.

On Saturday, the International Refugee Project filed a petition in federal court and attorneys were then allowed to meet with the family. Inlender said that’s when they learned the mother and children were possibly going to be moved to a detention center in Texas.

A request for an emergency restraining order was then filed and immediately approved by a federal judge to keep the family in southern California.

In court on Monday, after the family got back its passports and visas, attorneys asked the judge to rule that the family is in the country legally. But the government argued special immigration visas allow the family to enter but that the visas don’t mean the family members can stay. Homeland Security will now be allowed to interview the family in Seattle to determine if they can remain in the U.S.

“There has been a lot of confusion,” said Inlender. “There’s a lack of transparency. That’s what this case is about at its hard. A lack of access to counsel. A lack of access to information.”

Under the judge’s order, Homeland Security cannot detain or deport the family without 72 hours notice to attorneys.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 3/6/17

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By Jeanette Torres

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 12, N.Y. Yankees 1
Minnesota 2, St. Louis 1/10 innings
San Diego 6, Chi. White Sox 5
Milwaukee 14, Cleveland 4
San Francisco 3, Cleveland 2
Arizona 4, Kansas City 1
Chi. Cubs 12, L.A. Angels 10

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 7, Detroit 2
Boston 5, Houston 5
Seattle 9, Texas 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 8, Miami 2
Colorado 10, L.A. Dodgers 9

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Milwaukee 112, Philadelphia 98
New York 113, Orlando 105
Miami 112, Cleveland 98
Golden State 119, Atlanta 111
Detroit 109, Chicago 95
Brooklyn 122, Memphis 109
Portland, Minnesota, ppd.
Charlotte 100, Indiana 88
San Antonio 112, Houston 110
Denver 108, Sacramento 96
Utah 88, New Orleans 83
L.A. Clippers 116, Boston 102

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Dallas 4, Washington 2
Ottawa 4, Boston 2
OT/N.Y. Rangers 1, Tampa Bay 0
San Jose 3, Winnipeg 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(4) Gonzaga 77, Santa Clara 68
(19) St. Mary’s 81, BYU 50

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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Deploys Resources To Texas Panhandle To Combat Wildfires

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Governor Greg Abbott has activated state resources to help combat wildfires in the Texas panhandle. …read more

Source:: Office of the Governor

      

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