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Target to sell deluxe edition of Jennifer Hudson’s sophomore album

BY Gail Hoffer

MINNEAPOLIS — Target’s deal with Lady Gaga may have fallen through, but that doesn’t mean the retailer has lost its ability to court the music industry.

Case in point, the company announced Monday that it is partnering with Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson for the exclusive, deluxe edition of her second studio album, "I Remember Me." The deluxe edition, including four additional new songs and bonus video material, will be available only at Target stores nationwide and on Target.com beginning March 22.

“Creating this album was an amazing, personal journey for me,” said Hudson. “It is especially meaningful to be able to share more of my music with my fans on the Target deluxe edition of ‘I Remember Me’.”

Target’s version of Hudson’s album includes the tracks “Where You At” (Dave Audé Remix); “The Star Spangled Banner” (live); “What You Think” and “Spotlight,” an Afroganic remix, as well as 25 minutes of bonus video footage that, according to Target, gives fans an inside look at Hudson’s album cover photo shoot, and behind-the-scenes footage of the making of "I Remember Me," including commentary from Hudson on her inspiration for the new album.

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NACDS appoints Jill McCormack director of state government affairs

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Monday that Jill McCormack joined its state government affairs team as a director of state government affairs.

McCormack previously worked as a government affairs associate for Malady & Wooten in Harrisburg, Pa., where she represented the Pennsylvania Association of Chain Drug Stores. She also served as a member of the senior staff for the Democratic Leader in the Pennsylvania Senate.

In her new role at NACDS, McCormack will direct the organization’s pro-patient, pro-policy advocacy in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Specifically, she will collaborate with state associations and with NACDS member companies’ staff and advocate directly with state lawmakers and state agencies.

“We are pleased to welcome Jill to the NACDS state government affairs team,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “During this challenging time of shrinking state budgets, it is critical that pharmacy services are recognized as strategies to help reduce healthcare costs and improve patient
health by helping patients take their medications as prescribed, thus preventing more costly forms of care."

“Jill is tried and tested on healthcare issues, and has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of state government," Anderson continued. "Her experience will offer great value as she illustrates pharmacy as the face of neighborhood health care to state policy-makers.”

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Taking on vertical gardening with Topsy Turvy

BY Allison Cerra

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — A new tomato planter that has gardening enthusiasts looking up now is available at retailers nationwide.

The Topsy Turvy upside-down tomato planter takes on the vertical gardening trend by saving space and time.

How it works: Plant the seedlings, hang the Topsy Turvy planter and water. The process helps avoid such typical gardening frustrations as fungus, harmful pests and labor-intensive garden maintenance, the company said.

Topsy Turvy also offers planters for strawberries, hot peppers and more.

The Topsy Turvy tomato planter is available for $9.99.

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