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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for January 23

Posted at 10:36 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 10:36:18-05

1. Their mission to fight hunger has now expanded in West Michigan. Kids' Food Basket is moving into a newly renovated facility in Holland off Hastings Avenue between 24th and 32nd Streets.

They chose this spot specifically to reach kids in Allegan and Ottawa Counties. Currently, they only serve about 10 percent of the need in those countries.

Thanks to this expansion, they're hoping to reach the estimated 11,000 children, living with food insecurity. To help reach that long-term goal, Kids' Food Basket kicked off a $2.5 million fundraising campaign.

To help out, find all these details on their website.

2. How about some free financial help? Heart of West Michigan United Way is hosting a seminar this weekend.

The "Show Me The Money Day" event is happening all across the state, and here locally.

It's designed to help people be more financially literate, and will cover topics like home ownership, credit, and payday lending.

The event runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Home Repair Services on Division Avenue.

3. Michigan's fourth-largest beer seller will soon have a new owner. Atwater Brewery is being sold to Tenth and Blake, a division of Molson Coors.

Terms of the sale are not known, but it's expected to be done within the next couple of months.

Atwater owner and CEO Mark Rieth and the Detroit Company's management will continue to lead the brewer under Tenth and Blake. Atwater's 95 employees will remain in place.

4. Online sport betting has been delayed.

People can wager in person at commercial Detroit Casinos this spring, but Michigan's regulatory agency says the online portion won't go into effect until early 2021.

A spokesperson claims its due to writing and finalizing rules, so all casinos can obtain online sports bettor operating licenses.

5. Addicted to your phone? Google thinks it can help you.

The tech company launched new experimental apps to help break free from devices.

Google's activity bubbles aim to help users realize how much time they've spent on their phones.

A bubble appears on the screen every thin the phone is unlocked. The bubbles will grow in size the longer the user spends on their phone.

Goggle's screen stopwatch feature tries to accomplish a similar goal, displaying the hours spent on your phone throughout the day. Meanwhile, to dumb down the smart phone, users can acquire the envelope devices.

It's a paper box which encases the phone, only allowing people to make calls or take pictures.