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Reba will serve up something #StrongerThanTheTruth on Monday

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By Music News Group

ABC/Image Group LALast fall, Reba McEntire revealed she’d been back in the studio working on a new record, calling it “probably the most country album I’ve ever recorded.” Now, it likely won’t be long before we get to hear exactly what she’s been up to.

“What’s #StrongerThanTheTruth?” the Country Music Hall of Famer asked on her socials on Friday. “I’ll let you know on Monday,” she teased.

We do know Reba went into the studio with producer Buddy Cannon last year, who’s known for his recent work with Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, and Alison Krauss.

Reba’s next effort is the follow-up to her Grammy-winning 2017 gospel album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. It’ll be her first country record since 2015’s Love Somebody.

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Linda Ronstadt makes surprise appearance to honor Dolly Parton as 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARASLinda Ronstadt surprised Dolly Parton by appearing with Emmylou Harris to present her with the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year honor Friday night in Los Angeles.

Though she’s no longer able to sing because of Parkinson’s disease, Ronstadt seemed to look and feel good, according to Billboard, even laughing when Dolly accidentally dropped her award on her foot.

Little Big Town hosted the musical extravaganza at the L.A. Convention Center, as a varied collection of artists paid tribute to Dolly by covering her classic songs.

“She epitomizes everything in music, fashion, film, entertainment,” LBT’s Phillip Sweet points out. “And just, she’s a great businesswoman. But most of all, she’s the most genuine, kind human being. And she exuded that to everyone. And she makes you feel like a friend, and that’s the most special gift.”

Garth Brooks, who did “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You,” with wife Trisha Yearwood, explains it’s not necessarily easy to recreate the Dolly catalog.

“It’s tough to sing Dolly songs, because she does them so well…” Garth reflects. “Dolly has some licks that nobody’s ever touched. Like the Beatles have chord progressions nobody’s touched yet, Dolly still has licks nobody’s touched yet. She’s so far ahead of her time.”

Trisha agrees: “Nobody’s gonna go ‘Man, they really nailed that Dolly [song] better than Dolly.’ No. We’re just here to say thank you and pay tribute.”

Jennifer Nettles teamed up with Cam and Margo Price to recreate “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind,” one of the songs Dolly, Linda and Emmylou recorded for their Trio projects.

“Obviously her art speaks for itself,” Jennifer says. “It touches our hearts. It feels like her songs feel like our stories and our lives.”

Dolly in turn was touched by the evening’s performances, delivering an eight-minute acceptance speech that was peppered with her signature humor.

“Watching [these performances] is sort of like watching porn,” she quipped. “You’re not personally involved, but you still get off on it. I really got off on this show tonight.”

Dolly herself closed the show doing “Coat of Many Colors” with Linda Perry, her collaborator on the new Dumplin’ soundtrack.

In all, the evening raised $6.7 million for MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s charitable arm that helps members of the music community in times of need.

Here’s the complete set list for the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Dolly Parton:

“Jolene” — P!nk
“Everything is Beautiful (In Its Own Way)” — Willie Nelson & Brandi Carlile
“The Seeker” — Lauren Daigle
“Islands in the Stream” — Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes & Mark Ronson
“9 To 5” — Chris Stapleton
“Here You Come Again” — Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves
“The Grass is Blue” — Norah Jones w/ Puss N Boots
“Eagle When She Flies” — Don Henley & Vince Gill
“Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You” — Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
“Not Enough” — Mavis Staples, Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste
“I Will Always Love You” — Yolanda Adams
“Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” — Cam, Jennifer Nettles and Margo Price
“Coat of Many Colors” — Dolly Parton & Linda Perry

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Strengthening storm could bring 40-foot waves, damage to Hawaii

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By Leighton Schneider

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A strong storm in the central Pacific will intensify Saturday well north of the Hawaiian islands.

The storm is initially forecast to drift northwestward, before shifting late Saturday into Sunday.

The forecast is showing the Pacific storm coming near the Hawaii Island chain Saturday night, and especially early Sunday.

Ultimately, the impact of this storm will depend on how close the low pressure gets to the islands.

However, waves up to 40 feet are expected to approach the Hawaii Islands on Sunday. These waves could cause “unprecedented coastal flooding to north and west facing shores late Saturday and Sunday,” according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

There could be an extreme impact to the coastline, with potentially significant damage to coastal property and infrastructure, according to the National Weather Service.

Additionally, the storm will likely cause wind gusts to reach 50 mph how times on the Islands which could cause downed trees and power lines.

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Minor league baseball team becomes first to ban peanuts

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By Leighton Schneider

DustyPixel/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Hartford Yard Goats will become the first team in professional sports to ban peanuts in an effort to be more inclusive.

The Double A Eastern League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies announced on Twitter they will be a peanut free ballpark for 2019.


Many teams have peanut free sections or games, but the Yard Goats are the first to ban the common allergen completely.

The team will no longer sell shelled peanuts or Cracker Jacks at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the atmosphere at Dunkin’ Donuts Park,” Yard Goats President Tim Restall said. “With more than 200 food items available, it makes sense to eliminate just two that allows fans with peanut allergies to attend games.”

The change came after a series of meetings with concern parents of children with peanut and tree nut allergies.

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Convicted ex-lawyer on the run after allegedly killing mother, cutting off ankle bracelet

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By Michael Dobuski

U.S. Marshals Service(ATLANTA) — The U.S. Marshals Service is conducting a nationwide manhunt after an ex-lawyer, who was supposed to turn himself in for a 30-year sentence, allegedly killed his mother, cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet and fled.

Richard Merritt, 44, is wanted for the murder of his mother in DeKalb County, Georgia, after she was found “violently killed” on Feb. 2, according to U.S. Marshals.

Merritt was scheduled to turn himself in to authorities in Cobb County on Feb. 1 after pleading guilty to stealing money from clients at his law firm, as well as committing elder abuse, according to a release from the Marshals Service. He was to serve 15 years in prison and 15 years’ probation. Instead, he is accused of stabbing his mother to death and stealing her silver Lexus SUV.

Robert Merritt, Richard’s brother, urged him to surrender to police in an interview with ABC News on Saturday.

“You need to face the consequences of the criminal behavior that you were sentenced for on the 18th of January and now you certainly need to be held accountable for the brutal murder of our mother,” he said.

The elder abuse charge was unrelated to his mother, according to an indictment.

“He probably knows people all over the country, being a lawyer,” Frank Lempka, a member of the U.S. Marshals Service tasked with finding Merritt, told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB. “He could be anywhere. We think he may be anywhere in the country.”

The fugitive was a lawyer at Merritt & Fletcher LLC Attorneys in Smyrna, Georgia, but had gone into solo practice by the time of his arrest. Merritt became a lawyer in 2000 and was disbarred in January 2018, according to a ruling from the state Supreme Court. Merritt admitted in February 2017 to stealing $75,000 from a client and voluntarily surrendered his license, according to the ruling.

In the criminal case for which he pleaded guilty, he was indicted on a total of 34 counts and allegedly stole over $420,000 from 17 clients. The indictment claims Merritt forged the signatures of many of his clients on checks and then cashed them and kept the money for himself.

Lempka called him “very unpredictable” and said “he could hurt or kill someone else at this point.”

“He may have shaved his head or otherwise changed his appearance, and should be considered armed and dangerous,” the U.S. Marshals Service said in its release. “Do not try to engage him.”

U.S. Marshals on Saturday released a new photo of Merritt leaving a gas station in the hours after he cut off his ankle monitor. They also announced a $5,000 reward for information on his whereabouts.

Robert also said he was worried for their safety: “I’m concerned for our family’s safety quite frankly. Nobody thought he was capable of such cruel and inhuman behavior against his own mother. If he’s willing to do that to his own flesh and blood, you know, what would he do to somebody else?”

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