SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court forced the state Friday to find another way to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, ruling lawmakers "overstepped" by enacting a law that slashed retirement benefits to confront a massive budget deficit.
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Meteorologists expanded a tropical storm warning for part of the North Carolina and South Caroline coastline on Friday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Subtropical storm Ana, the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, was on the verge of becoming a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (72 km per hour), according to the Miami-based weather agency announced. A warning is now in effect for areas from South Santee River, South Carolina to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, at the southern end of the Outer Banks, it said.
A mistrial was declared Friday in the murder trial of the man accused in the disappearance of first-grader Etan Patz with the jury deadlocked after 18 days of deliberations. Jurors said for a third time they couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in the case against Pedro Hernandez. The Maple Shade, New Jersey, man was a teenage stock clerk at a Manhattan convenience store when 6-year-old Etan disappeared on May 25, 1979.
There’s no doubt about it – where you are can have a huge effect on who you are as a person at any point in time, as well as who you become as you continue to grow older. The same goes for music. Place plays a huge role in how music is formed. An environment can bleed its way into the sounds of an instrument, and the subtleties and inflections of a singer’s voice. You can’t tell this from reading this post, but if you spoke to me in person, you’d easily detect that I am from the south. That region of the country shaped the way I speak and even the way I play music myself. Different landscapes can also call for different sounds to go along with them. How many times have you been on a road trip, and put great thought into what music you’d listen to at various stages in the drive? It’s almost as if each changing landscape calls for just the right music to accompany your stairs through the windshield. Am I trailing off too deep here? Hope not.
This week we have two great musical guests that prove that a connection to PLACE is a big thing in music. Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors join us from Nashville (by way of Memphis), while Del Barber joins us all the way from the Canadian Prairies region. Both artists bring lots of stories with them in their music, as well as to share with eTown host Nick Forster during the interview portions. Place has played a huge role in the art these artists make. When you are listening, see if you can pick out the subtleties, as well as any places where influences may overlap. It will be a fun game, not unlike games you might play in your car during a road trip.
Our eChievement Award winner this week tells his story of transformation from a natural products business titan, to a man who wanted to find more meaning in his life by finding a unique way to combat malnutrition around the world by providing vitamins to people in need.
We hope you’ll enjoy this week’s episode. Be sure to tune in or podcast.
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