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Morning Buzz: August 31

Posted at 10:57 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 10:57:04-04

1. They make you do a double-take, but today Grand Rapids Self-Driving Shuttle Services restart.

They've made several adjustments to these self-driving vehicles in order to keep passengers safe.

The shuttles now have a partition or divider that splits the inside of the shuttle into two sections, with the attendant in front and passengers in the back.

They will also now only allow one person to ride at a time or a group of riders who live in the same home. Everyone will be required to wear a mask, including the attendant.

The fleet also has a new light treatment system to disinfect the cabin between each ride.

2. Nearly three dozen dogs rescued from Hurricane Laura, arriving in Michigan over the weekend.

The Michigan Humane Society posted these photos on their Facebook page. The canines were evacuated from shelters in Louisiana before the storm hit.

The pups will be given a few more days to adjust before they're ready for their new home.

Look for updates on the Humane Society's Facebook Page.

3. For the first time ever, guests at Disney's Magic Kingdom can wear their Halloween costumes during regular park hours.

The theme park canceled it's after-hours Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party because of COVID-19.

From September 15 to October 31, guests can participate in the holiday fun with costumes, themed foods, and merchandise.

There are some restrictions like no on older than 14 can wear a full-faced costume.

Also, all guests must still wear a face-covering during their visit.

4. Amazon's new brick-and-mortar grocery store is sure to look "fresh."

The company opened its first Amazon Fresh Grocery Store in Woodland Hills, California late last week.

Similar to the smaller "Amazon Go" convenience stores, the Woodland Hills location will aim to eliminate the traditional checkout line experience.

Customers will sign into their Amazon app, and use the high-tech shopping cart which reads each item as it's placed into the cart.

When you're ready to head out, simply go to a dedicated lane to pay for your groceries.

At first, the store will only allow a select group of customers with invites from Amazon, then it'll open to the general public.

5. It's pretty much like edible potpourri! Today is National Trail Mix Day.

Trail Mix keeps without spoiling since most of the ingredients are dried. According to, two California surfers claim they created trail mix.

In 1968, they blended peanuts and raisins for an energy snack. You can make your own trail mix using your favorite ingredients.

Many varieties of trail mix are available at your favorite grocery or convenience store. Use #NationalTrailMixDay to post on social media.