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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for January 30

Posted at 11:31 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 11:32:00-05

1. After Wednesday evening's State of the State Address, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced four big issues on her agenda: education-skills training, jobs, and healthcare.

She also used the evening to announce her plans to launch a new task force in the wake of the opiod epidemic, as well as her plans to create new programs for low-income and minority mothers.

View her full speech at

2. For the first time, there are more women going to medical school in the United States than men according to the association of American Medical Colleges.

Some credit for the trend goes to Florida surgeon, Sharona Ross. Ten years ago she started the International Women in Surgery Career Symposium right in her own living room.

Since then, it's expanded to large scale resorts and is attended by hundreds of women from around the world.

The next symposium is in two weeks in Clearwater, Florida.

3. The real life Paw Patrol! Volunteers with the Humane Society of West Michigan are heading south to pick up a few four-legged friends.

The organization says they're going to a shelter in Tennessee that's currently overcrowded.

They'll bring the pups back to Michigan and hopefully find them homes.

The Humane Society says they have a high turnover rate, so they're working with other rescues down south to make sure every animal finds their forever home.

4. Ann Arbor's Evan Bates and partner Madison Chock, made history at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Saturday.

Bates, an Ann Arbor native and University of Michigan graduate, and his partner Chock claimed the Ice Dance title during the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships over the weekend.

It was the two-time Olympic pair's second U.S. title as they won the same grown in 2015, becoming the first duo to make the climb back to the top of the event after a five-year gap.

The duo had previously finished second or third during the past four National Competitions, making the return for gold even more bittersweet.

5. More than one-hundred adorable rescue pigs need your affection. The Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary in South Carolina is looking for volunteer pig cuddlers.

Officials say the cuddling helps socialize the pigs, getting them used to human contact and interaction.

This is all with the goal of getting the pigs comfortable and friendly enough to put up for adoption.