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Eagles Broadway Musical in the Works?

Credit: James GladerOver the years, musicals based on the hits of Carole King, Billy Joel, The Four Seasons and Motown have made their way to Broadway.  Could the Eagles songbook be the next to hit the Great White Way?  Maybe. The New York Daily News reports that at a recent event in New York City, the Eagles' Glenn Frey said that he'd been spending a lot of time in the Big Apple lately.  He then seemed to hint at an Eagles musical in the future, saying, "I’m going to see a lot of shows, so you never know."  He also named the Carole King musical, Beautiful, as one of his favorites.  When asked if an Eagles musical would include all the fights the notoriously combative band has had over the years, Frey laughed and said, "Conversations. Give and take.” However, Frey may be jumping the gun a bit. When asked if an Eagles musical is actually in the works, a rep for the band told ABC Radio that there is "nothing to discuss at this time." Meanwhile, the Eagles are hitting the road for another round of tour dates, starting May 19 in Austin, Texas.  They have shows mapped out through the spring and summer, wrapping up July 29 in Bossier City, Louisiana. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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King Charged as Adult

A Cloquet man will be charged with four counts of assault in adult court after an Itasca County District Court agreed to transfer his case last Thursday.
18 year old Dakota Lee King is charged with assault in the first degree, two counts of assault in the second degree, and one count of assault in the thirs degree.
The charges stem from allegations that King and three others assaulted a staff member at a group home in December. The other three defendants have already been sentenced.
The staff member was hospitalized for his injuries.
The court set bail at ($100,000) one hundred thousand dollars with conditions, or ($50,000) fifty thousand with conditions.
King’s next court appearance is April 20 at 9am.

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City Councilor to Resign

At a special city council meeting Monday, the Grand Rapids City Council appointed Rick Blake to occupy the vacant councilor seat formerly occupied by Jon Toivonen. Toivonen submitted his resignation to the council last week after he took a new job. According to Toivonen’s resignation letter, he accepted a promotion within his company that will relocate him to Richfield. Toivonen thanked City Administrator Tom Pagel and city staff and wished the council good luck.
Blake will hold the position until a special election at the next general election on November 8th, 2016.

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Taylor Swift Grants Fan’s Wish for Face Time at Awards Show

ABC/Fred LeeTaylor Swift is continuing to make her fans’ dreams come true. After one of her biggest fans launched a Tumblr campaign to try to meet the singer, Taylor granted her wish. According to E! News, Colleen Sullivan and her pal Tiffany Huang got their own private chat session with Taylor at a recent awards show in Los Angeles. On Sunday morning, Colleen, who had already planned to attend the show with Tiffany, found out that Taylor had followed her on Tumblr.  Later that night, at the event, the two girls were taken to meet their idol. Taylor talked to the girls at her dinner table and posed for photos with them. Taylor, of course, is known for surprising her fans with personal attention. In the past, she’s sent them Christmas presents, hosted private listening sessions with them for her album 1989, and even offered one heartbroken fan breakup advice. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Ed Sheeran Announces New Fall Tour Dates

Ben WattsEd Sheeran won’t be taking a break from touring any time soon. The singer just added more tour dates for the fall. The second leg to his North American tour will kick off in Houston, Texas on September 3.  It’ll run through the month, finishing up in Washington, D.C. on September 23. The first leg of the tour, set to begin May 2 in New Orleans, is already mostly sold out.   The new leg will feature Ed headlining stadiums for the first time in the U.S. Tickets will be available on a pre-sale basis for select dates starting April 6, and available to the general public starting April 10. Here is the list of newly announced dates: 9/3 -- Houston, TX, BBVA Compass Stadium9/5 -- Dallas, TX, Toyota Stadium9/8 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center9/9 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena9/10 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena9/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena9/13 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena9/15 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center9/16 -- Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 9/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 9/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center9/20 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Center9/22 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center9/23 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Minntac Idling

According to ABC News:
U.S. Steel announced plans to idle part of its Minntac plant in Mountain Iron. Over 680 workers will be affected.

It’s the latest symptom of the downturn in the American steel and iron mining industry. U.S. Steel cites high steel imports, dumping and low steel prices.

U.S. Steel spokeswoman Courtney Boone says the layoffs at the Minntac plant in Mountain Iron are temporary, but the company can’t speculate how long they’ll last. Mountain Iron is about 200 miles north of Minneapolis.

Earlier this month U.S. Steel said it would idle its Keetac plant in Keewatin effective May 13, resulting in 412 workers laid off. And Magnetation announced in February that it was shutting down its Keewatin plant, resulting in about 20 job losses.

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Jon Bon Jovi’s NYC Penthouse Sells for $37.5 Million

AEG LiveJon Bon Jovi has finally found a buyer for his Manhattan penthouse. According to the New York Daily News, the apartment went into contract Monday, two years after the New Jersey rocker put it on the market, selling for $37.5 million. Jon bought the duplex for $24 million in 2007.  He listed it in 2013 with an asking price of $42 million, then lowered the price several times when he failed to find any takers. The palatial, 7,500-square-foot pad has six bedrooms, a great room with a wood-burning fireplace, a chef’s kitchen with 11-foot-high ceilings, a screening room and a private deck. It also boasts Manhattan skyline views. According to the paper, model Heidi Klum expressed interest in the property last year, but the identity of the buyer has yet to be revealed. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Ed Sheeran Co-Hosting Canada’s Much Music Video Awards

Ben WattsWith the help of a special friend, Ed Sheeran announced Monday night he will co-host Canada's Much Music Video Awards. In a 30-second clip released by the Much network, Ed cradles a fake beaver that he calls Justin "Beaver." He whispers, "I'm hosting the MMVAs on the 21st of June. Save your screams." The clip premiered during the Canadian broadcast of the Roast of Justin Bieber. Ed also said in a statement, "I'm thrilled they asked me to host this year. I hope this isn't an early April Fool's joke." This will mark Ed's fourth consecutive appearance at the ceremony. The show's nominees, performers and presenters have yet to be announced. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 
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“The Voice” Recap: Christina Steals an Artist to End the Knockouts

NBCThe Voice aired the last of the Knockouts on Monday night. The two-hour episode concluded with Christina Aguilera stealing an artist from Adam Levine. The top 20 is now set heading into next week's Live Playoffs, with five artists each on the teams led by Christina, Adam, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams. Here's what happened on Monday night's episode, which featured fun. singer Nate Ruess as a guest adviser: Team Adam's Barry Minniefield and Tonya Boyd-Cannon opened the broadcast. Tonya sang "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder, while Barry performed Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love." Blake said the two worked well together as a musical act. Christina called the artists "crazy talented." Adam said no one appreciates the opportunity more than Tonya. Adam declared Tonya the winner. Barry was eliminated.   Blake paired Brooke Adee with Kelsie May. Kelsie covered an early Taylor Swift hit, "Tim McGraw," and Brooke took on "Electric Feel" by MGMT. Nate suggested to Brooke during rehearsals that she take more ownership of the stage. After both artists showed off their talent to the coaches, Adam commented that they are evenly matched. Pharrell added that it would be tough for Blake to lose either of them. Blake said Brooke still needed to work on being comfortable on stage. He still chose her over Kelsie, who was dismissed. India Carney and Joe Tolo were next up for Team Christina. India selected Jessie J's "Big White Room." Joe went with Joan Osborne's 1990s hit "One of Us." Pharrell said they both experienced "breakthrough moments." Blake complimented Joe on his powerful voice, but he felt India won the Knockout. Christina named India the winner. Joe is out of the competition. Jacob Rummell and Lowell Oakley faced off for Team Pharrell. Lowell crooned The Temptations classic "My Girl." Jacob belted out Shawn Mendes' "Life Of The Party." Christina said Jacob's notes were well-executed, and that she was caught off-guard by Lowell's "pre-calculated" singing. Pharrell told Jacob he was always looking to see if Jacob could drop to a lower octave. He added that Lowell's rehearsal was better than his performance on The Voice stage. He picked Lowell as the winner. Jacob went home. Team Christina's final Knockout featured Rob Taylor and Treeva Gibson. Rob performed Al Green's "Love and Happiness," a choice that Nate praised given his falsettos. Treeva tackled "Chasing Pavements" by Adele. Nate sang it for her to demonstrate how to move to the lyrics. Adam loved how animated Rob was. Blake raved about the way Rob began his performance. Christina complimented Treeva on taking "a leap" with her effort, and Rob for making the song his own. Rob advanced in the competition. It was the end of the road for Treeva. In the final Knockout, Joshua Davis was matched with Lexi Dávila for Team Adam. Joshua played Amos Lee's "Arms of a Woman." Nate and Adam both advised him to tone down his growl a bit. Lexi decided on Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen." Blake said Lexi really turned it on during the second half of her performance. He then drew a laugh by saying he wanted to spoon with Joshua because Joshua delivered his best vocals to date. Joshua won the Knockout, but Christina stole Lexi. On Tuesday night, NBC will air a recap show featuring top moments from the current season and previously unseen footage of the coaches. The Live Playoffs begin next Monday night. Here's a rundown of the remaining artists in the competition: Team Adam: Brian Johnson, Deanna Johnson, Joshua Davis, Nathan Hermida, Tonya Boyd-Cannon. Team Blake: Brooke Adee, Corey Kent White, Hannah Kirby, Meghan Linsey, Sarah Potenza. Team Christina: India Carney, Kimberly Nichole, Rob Taylor, Sonic, Lexi Dávila. Team Pharrell: Caitlin Caporale, Koryn Hawthorne, Lowell Oakley, Mia Z, Sawyer Fredericks. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 
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Sam Smith Plans to Use His Grammys for Doorstops

Monty Brinton/CBSSam Smith won four Grammys nearly two months ago, but he says he still can't believe that it happened -- mostly because the Recording Academy hasn't actually sent him his trophies yet.  And when they do, he says, he wants to come up with a very unique way to display them. See, the Grammys you see artists posing with backstage the night of the show are just props: the real ones, with the names and categories engraved on them, are shipped to the artists later.  Speaking to London's Capital FM radio, Sam said, "It's very surreal. I'm still trying to get used to it in my head.  I haven't actually got them.  It's hard for me to think of myself as a Grammy Award-winner without the Grammys." Asked if he has a special place all picked out to display his shiny new hardware, Sam laughed, "No, I wanna think of somewhere funny. I don't wanna just put them up. I wanna use 'em as, like, a doorstop, or a toothbrush holder or something." During the interview Sam also addressed the recent rumors that Tom Cruise had reached out to his team because the actor wants to make Sam a star.  Sam said he only heard about that when he saw a news story about it on his phone, and he was really excited that it might actually be true. "I immediately got through to my management and I was like, 'Please tell me you [just] haven't told me [yet] about the Tom Cruise thing,'" Sam laughed. "And they're like, 'Sam, we haven't heard anything!' I was like, "Awww!" He explained that, while he doesn't want a career on the silver screen, he was flattered to think someone was convinced he'd be good at it. "I'd never be an actor but just....I want to be offered, you know?" he said.  But if he did appear in a movie, the interviewer asked, what kind of role could he see himself playing?  A romantic lead? An action hero? "I think I'd be like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman!" Sam laughed. "Or Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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