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  • Governor Pleads for Calm Hours Before Ferguson Grand Jury Ruling

    The Brown Family / Facebook(ST. LOUIS) --  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon pleaded for calm Monday evening, just hours ahead of a grand jury's decision whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

    Nixon made a brief statement as the region waited tensely for the grand jury's ruling on Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9. Earlier in the evening officials said the panel had concluded its deliberations.

    The decision is expected to be announced at 9 p.m. ET.

    "Our shared hope and expectation...

  • University of Virginia's Campus Reeling over Sexual Assault Allegations

    Lance King/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Students at the University of Virginia on Monday praised the school's decision to suspend all fraternities and sororities in the wake of a report about a shocking sexual assault at a frat party.

    The Greek life at the school was suspended by university President Teresa Sullivan after rape accusations were detailed in a Rolling Stone article. The report sparked weekend protests on the Charlottesville campus.

    Tommy Reid, the president of the school’s inter-fraternity council, said that ending sexual assault on campus can’t be done by frat brothers alone.

  • Texas Professor Moved into Dumpster to 'Explore the Idea of Less'

    iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Dr. Jeff Wilson wanted to simplify his life.

    The professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, sold his belongings and in February moved into a used trash Dumpster 36 square feet in size. Wilson is documenting his progress on the website, using videos and social media to showcase his sustainable living project.

    “It’s really just to explore the idea of less,” he told ABC station KTRK in Houston.

    Students, who helped clean the Dumpster before Wilson moved in, were stunned when he announced his plan.

    “I didn’t believe it...

  • Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum Playing College Football National Championship Concert Special

    Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith and Lady Antebellum will perform on CMT's Ultimate Kickoff Party Live from the College Football Playoff National Championship special. The show airs Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET from Dallas, in connection with the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.  That's set for January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

    Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge will also perform on the 90-minute special. More acts will be announced soon.

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  • Brantley Gilbert Tying the Knot with FiancĂ©e, Amber Cochran, in June 2015

    Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert will tie the knot with his fiancée, Georgia school teacher Amber Cochran, at the end of June 2015. He revealed the date backstage at the American Music Awards Sunday night after winning Country Album of the Year for Just as I Am. Brantley and Amber met 10 years ago, and were together for five years before splitting up. They reconnected after Brantley got sober.

    He says, "I had some things going on in my life that she wasn't really willing to be a part...

  • Little Big Town Strikes Gold with Latest #1 Hit, "Day Drinking"

    Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town has scored another chart topper with their latest single, "Day Drinking," the lead single from their new album, Pain Killer. It's the first time the group's Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook have been co-writers on a #1 hit.

    Jimi says, "This feeling will never get old. Thank you so much to the fans and country radio for making our first song from Pain Killer such a success."

    "Day Drinking" has also been certified gold for 500,000 downloads and streams. The next single from Pain Killer is "Girl Crush." Listen for that...