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March 24, 2020 GMT

KENNY ROGERS’ FUNERAL WILL BE PRIVATE

CHICAGO (AP) - Kenny Rogers’ family is planning a private service for his funeral, with a public memorial later. Rogers died Friday at the age of 81. His family suggests that those who want to donate in Rogers’ name should consider giving to the Recording Academy’s COVID-19 Relief Fund to help music professionals out of work because of the coronavirus. The family says Rogers “always wholeheartedly supported musicians, crew members and music personnel.”

MAREN MORRIS’ BABY IS BORN

UNDATED (AP) - Maren Morris is a mom. She posted photos on social media of herself with her baby boy, born yesterday. She and her husband, Ryan Hurd, have named him Hayes Andrew Hurd. He’s their first child.

TESTAMENT SINGER AND CREW TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

UNDATED (AP) - Testament singer Chuck Billy, his wife, Tiffany, and some of the band’s crew members have tested positive for the new coronavirus. The band members say in a statement they came back from a European tour last week feeling unwell. They say they have been quarantining themselves since before they were tested. They ask that everyone take the necessary steps to stay safe and healthy “so we can continue to thrash in the not so distant future!” For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever or coughing. The vast majority recover.

ZAC BROWN BAND CANCEL ALL TOURING FOR 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Zac Brown Band have given up the idea of touring this year. The band say in a statement they will not reschedule their “Owl” tour or “Roar with the Lions” tour that were canceled because of concerns over the new coronavirus. They are offering full refunds to ticketholders. Last week, Zac Brown announced he had let go 90 percent of his crew of the last 15 years because he can’t generate income from touring. There is a bit of bright news with the band, though. Guitarist Clay Cook tells People magazine his wife is expecting their third child this fall. He says not only is it the first girl for them, but the first girl in the Cook family line since the 1930s.

DAVID BYRNE WILL PUT OUT BOOK VERSION OF “AMERICAN UTOPIA”

NEW YORK (AP) - David Byrne says he believes his book based on his stage play is hope and joy that you can hold in your hand. The book “American Utopia” will come out Sept. 8. Byrne will collaborate with author and illustrator Maira (MY’-rah) Kalman, who also works on the stage show. “American Utopia” will return to Broadway in September. Spike Lee is working on a documentary about it.

ALESSIA CARA WILL DO VOICE A ROLE IN “THE WILLOUGHBYS”

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alessia Cara (ah-LES’-ee-ah KAR’-ah) will make her acting debut as a cartoon voice. Cara has joined the cast of the upcoming animated film “The Willoughbys,” based on the children’s book by Lois Lowry. It’s about a group of siblings who hatch a plan to send their self-centered parents on vacation and embark on an adventure. Cara writes on social media she’s “so happy you get to meet this cute, weird little family soon.” “The Willoughbys” will be released on Netflix on April 22.

ACM SET NEW DATE FOR AWARDS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Academy of Country Music will delay its awards show until Sept. 16 because of coronavirus concerns. It was originally set for April 4. The ACM will still run a special that day. “ACM Presents: Our Country” will feature performances from country acts from their homes, as well as clips from past ACM Awards shows.

By Margie Szaroleta