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Virus changes plans for West Virginia farm food truck owner

May. 31, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

VICTOR, W.Va. (AP) — Nicole Linkfield had a busy summer planned for her Riverchick Farm Food Truck. “I was scheduled for a lot of big fairs and festivals,” she says, listing events including Fayette County’s Mountain Music Festival, Snowshoe Mountain’s 4840, the Lewisburg...

In this Feb. 26, 2016, photo, Walter Grooms, of Harrisonburg, Va. at left, plays the fiddle with Ira Carte, of Mount Jackson, Va., during a Friday night bluegrass jam session at the New Market Community Center in New Market, Va. Since the March 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, musicians have adapted to streaming shows online and collaborating with distant artists for songs in solidarity, but revenue and environmental changes have caused some music makers to reflect on and experiment with their artistic intentions. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)

Musicians explore innovation during new age 'wild west'

May. 31, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — At the foot of the bed rests a glittery blue drum set and lodged between a worn leather sofa and his desk are four instruments crammed, but within arm’s reach. Boundaries between personal, private and work life have become obsolete for many, but Valentin Prince has chosen to...

Radio stations play more upbeat music during the pandemic

May. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Life can get difficult during a pandemic. Pop radio stations want you to know they’re here for you. Adult contemporary stations across the country have been playing more upbeat, hopeful and nostalgic songs since the country went into lockdown. At local station 103.7 Play,...

Entertainment venues struggle, turn to online audiences

May. 31, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) — Thank You Five, the modest 50-seat theater in Port Orange, was looking at the upcoming spring season as their busiest yet. The company had two mainstage productions and roughly 10 other events — stand-up comedy, open mic nights, musical cabarets — in the works. Then,...

Demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Fox News reporter attacked, chased from demonstration

May. 30, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News reporter was pummeled and chased by protesters who had gathered outside the White House early Saturday as part of nationwide unrest following the death of George Floyd. For several journalists across the country, the demonstrations were taking an ominous, dangerous turn. A...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

May. 30, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien. ___ NBC's “Meet the Press” — Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla. __ CBS'...

Roosevelt Taylor, 82, safety on Bears' 1963 title team, dies

May. 30, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

Roosevelt Taylor, a star safety on the Chicago Bears' 1963 NFL championship team, has died. He was 82. The team said he died Friday but did not provide details. An All-Pro in 1963 when the Bears won the title, Taylor played his first nine NFL seasons with Chicago, 1961-69, appearing in every game. A ballhawk, he...

Piles of household debris line Valley Drive in Midland, Michigan, on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The Central Michigan city, known for its midcentury modern architecture, was submerged after torrential rains overwhelmed two dams. Architecture enthusiasts worry how extensively the structures were damaged. (AP Photo/Tammy Webber)

Flooded Michigan city is midcentury architecture mecca

May. 30, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Christopher Jue knew he was home the moment he and his wife stepped inside the sprawling 62-year-old ranch with brick floors, a sunken living room and built-in desks, shelves and bureaus — hallmarks of an Alden B. Dow original. “To say it was a no-brainer is an...

This Friday, May 22, 2020 photo shows Eric Worden in his studio in Norfolk, Va. Worden started inviting students as guest broadcasters on his morning show to give them something special to do while schools are closed for the coronavirus pandemic. The segment has become more popular than he imagined. (Sara Gregory/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Virginia DJ gives students their moment to shine on air

May. 30, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — For 46 years as a radio broadcaster, Eric Worden has viewed his job as a platform to bring people together. The radio station, even in an age of Spotify and digital music, is a link to others, the “glue” that can draw a community closer, he said. Worden’s three...

Police officers and protesters clash near CNN Center, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta, in response to George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. The protest started peacefully earlier in the day before demonstrators clashed with police. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Protests, some violent, spread in wake of George Floyd death

May. 30, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic and in some cases lashed out violently at police as protests erupted Friday in dozens of U.S. cities following the killing of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody in Minnesota. Georgia’s...