Watching Alabama’s Randy Owen shake his hips and swing across the stage reminiscent of how (I assume) he did more than 20 years ago, you can’t help but be impressed. The man is in love with his music and, even more, in love with sharing it with a crowd. Which is what he and the rest of the band did for more than 90 minutes Thursday on opening night of Country Jam USA on the festival grounds in the town of Union west of Eau Claire. Owen prevailed, despite on-again, off-
Eau Claire leaders have a smaller gap between next year’s expected costs for running the city government and anticipated revenues thanks mostly to a boom in local construction. The City Council got its first look at financial projections Thursday evening at a work session that kicked off drafting of the city’s operating budget for 2019. “That starts us out with an operating deficit of about $300,000 before we start making the budget,” finance director Jay Winzenz said.
When Evy Casey talks about Country Jam USA, the Eau Claire resident can get emotional. Casey’s mother, who died in 2008, brought her daughter to the music festival for the first time in 1995, and Casey, 57, has been a faithful attendee every year since. “I was in absolute awe,” Casey, after wiping away some tears, said of her first year at the festival just west of Eau Claire. “The whole entire festival’s camaraderie, listening to people talk about
BRANSON, Mo. — A boat carrying tourists on a Missouri lake capsized and sank Thursday night, killing at least eight people, the local sheriff said. Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said seven people were hospitalized and several others remain missing after a Ride the Ducks boat sank on Table Rock Lake in Branson. The exact number of those missing was not immediately available. A spokeswoman for the Cox Medical Center Branson said four adults and three children arrived at the hospital
DES MOINES, Iowa — A flurry of tornadoes that formed unexpectedly swept through central Iowa Thursday, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital. The tornadoes hit Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant as surprised residents ran for cover. The storms injured 10 people in Marshalltown and seven at a factory near Pella, but no deaths were reported. Marshalltown , a city of 27,000 people about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast
The NFL and National Football League Players Association have agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy while the two sides work on a resolution. The league and its players union issued a joint statement late Thursday, hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week. “The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions,
NEW YORK — Bruce Springsteen propped himself on top of Billy Joel’s piano to sing a duet with the Piano Man, who was celebrating his 100th concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Joel told the energetic crowd he had a guest coming onstage who has won a Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Springsteen emerged, surprising the feverish and fanatic audience, which loudly cheered “BROOOOCE.” “Congratulations, Billy, on your 100th show,” Springsteen yelled.
CAPE MAY, N.J. — A dog is home after police in a New Jersey shore town posted its mug shot on social media. Cape May police Officer Michael LeSage found Bean the pug in a yard on Sunday. He tells The Star-Ledger of Newark he tried to get the dog to hop into his police car, but her legs were too short so he had to lift her. Police posted a photo of Bean on Facebook with the caption: “This is what happens when you run away from home.” It took a few hours before Bean’s
NEW YORK — With some 2.6 million forced laborers, North Korea leads the world in modern day slavery, according to estimates in a new report. One in 10 people lives under modern slavery in the secretive nation, with the “vast majority being forced to work by the state,” according to the 2018 Global Index Survey. Eritrea and Burundi, which come in second and third on the list respectively, similarly have high rates of government-imposed labor. “The presence of state-
WASHINGTON — Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together. Cleanup from the first continued with no letup Thursday, as Trump belatedly decided Putin’s “incredible offer” of shared U.S.-Russia investigations was no good after all. A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has long