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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for February 17

Morning Buzz 2.17.20
Posted at 10:23 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 10:23:59-05

1. Gilda's LaughFest Central Headquarters opens up today.

It's located on Ionia Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids, where anyone can pick up tickets as well as some merchandise for everything LaughFest.

LaughFest is also bringing back another festival favorite: a world record attempt for the largest gathering of people wearing mismatched socks. It'll take place on March 7 at Studio Park with festivities starting at 1:30 and the actual attempt at 3.

Full details on their website and remember the 10th annual festival runs March 5 to 15.

2. If it's hard to hit the rolls on Election Day, would the day off help? Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging businesses to give their workers the day off on election day by making it a company holiday.

She's encouraging Michigan companies to give employees November 3rd off, so they can vote and work as poll workers.

Wayne State University just recently announced it would be giving students and staff the day off so they can vote.

Currently a Democratic State Representative has a bill pending before the State Legislature that would make regularly-scheduled election day sin May, August, and November State Holidays.

Michigan's primary is about three weeks away on March 10.

3. Next month the clocks will spring ahead, but many lawmakers across the country are pushing for them to stay there.

Adjusting to daylight savings time has been blamed for spikes in heart attacks and car accidents as people get used to a new sleep schedule.

A survey from the Associated Press shows 70 percent of Americans want to put an end to switching the clocks.

So far, a handful of states have passed bills to do so. In the past, President Trump has tweeted his support for making Daylight Saving Time permanent.

Congress would still have to approve a measure to make it a nation wide rule.

4. A new home decor trend is gaining traction that takes a contemporary spin by using timeless and classic materials called "Grand-Millennial."

Critics are describing it as "Instagram meets grandma." The whole concept is basically taking old furniture and design and repurposing them for a bright and colorful modernistic look.

HGTV's hit series "Home Town" has been an early adopter of the trend.

5. The price of wine is expected to drop to its lowest level in five years.

Analysts say a surplus of California grapes combined with a drop in demand is to thank. The cheaper prices may even last up to three years.

Vineyards in northern California started planting thousands of acres of new vines back in 2016, expecting demand to increase.

Now that the grapes are ready for picking, numbers show Americans are turning more to liquor and ready-to-drink cocktails.