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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for February 18

Morning Buzz 2.18.20
Posted at 11:10 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 11:10:33-05

1. Take your career to new heights! To those looking to start a career in the airline industry can now sign up for a new program at Western Michigan University.

The initiative is called Aviate, it's a partnership between WMU and United Airlines.

The university says students who are a part of the WMU College of Aviation, and get accepted into this program, will have a faster and better opportunity to find a job at United.

To read more about the program, head to the university's website.

2. Passengers can now snack on an American favorite, Oreos.

United Airlines says it's adding the popular cookie to its snack options.

United plans to start serving Oreo Thins on flights next month. It will replace the current option of Briscoff Cookies.

The airline says it will see how travelers respond to the switch as it tries to figure out its snack rotation for the coming year.

3. It was a dramatic finish to the 2020 Daytona 500, and the NASCAR race was anything but ordinary.

Denny Hamlin was named champion for the third time in his career.

The race started on Sunday, but was postponed until Monday because of a heavy downpour.

Then Ryan Newman spun out and crashed just short of the finish line. His car caught fire as Hamlin crossed the finish line.

Newman was hospitalized for serious injuries, but is expected to be okay.

4. Consumer reports find that buying generic can save shoppers big bucks.

Buying generic brand can cut 30 percent on supermarket spending.

The company's taste testers also sampled nearly 60 store-brand foods, and found almost half were just as good as their name-brand rivals.

Among the best brands for good generic quality: frozen foods and snack foods, milk and juice, spices and baking products, over-the-counter pain relievers, water, and cleaning products.

5. Mother nature does some pretty amazing things, like ice volcanoes along Lake Michigan.

The Fox 17 Skyview captured drone video of the formations at Oval Beach in Saugatuck.

The volcanoes form at the edge of ice shelves, as waves battle the shore, and force water up through cones of ice.

The National Weather Service says it's all thanks to the frigid temps in Michigan.