Illinois judge orders records in ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett criminal case be unsealed

simpson33/iStock(CHICAGO) — An Illinois judge has cleared the way for records sealed in the “hoax attack” criminal case of “Empire” cast member Jussie Smollett be made public, ruling Thursday that the actor has not displayed the “actions of a person seeking to maintain his privacy.”Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven G. Watkins ordered that investigative…read more »

3 killed overnight in Missouri as ‘violent’ tornado hits: Live updates

File photo. (clintspencer/iStock)(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) — Missouri rescuers are surveying damage and searching homes after a “violent” tornado hit late Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning, killing three people.The three victims “lived on the outskirts of Golden City,” which is about 170 miles southwest of Jefferson City, the state’s capital, Gov. Mike Parson said…read more »

NOAA forecasts near-normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

JimVallee/iStock(SILVER SPRING, Md.) — Conditions in the sea and atmosphere are most likely to produce a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, according to a new forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The federal agency on Thursday released its forecast for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins June 1 and ends on…read more »

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMichael Ray is set to perform on The Talk on Friday. You can watch for him starting at 2 p.m. ET on CBS. You’ll be able to hear Riley Green’s new track, “Numbers on the Cars” on Friday. It’s a song about Alzheimer’s that was inspired by his grandfather’s love of NASCAR. Matt Stell’s EP, Everywhere But On, comes…read more »

Justin Moore will remember “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” during Monday’s National Memorial Day Parade

ABC/Image Group LAIf you listen to Justin Moore’s latest hit, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” you can’t miss the fact that he has tremendous respect for America’s servicemen and women. For the Arkansas native, it’s something that hits close to home. “One of my grandpas retired out of the Navy, the other was…read more »

Kip Moore’s ready with album #4, once he finishes his ride with “The Bull”

ABC/Image Group LAKip Moore’s follow-up to 2017’s Slowheart is in the can. “That’s a wrap. Record #4 is done,” the Georgia native announced on his socials this week. So far, Kip hasn’t revealed any details about his next album, its title, or potential release date. The third single from Slowheart, the track “The Bull,” is currently climbing the country chart.…read more »