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Morning Buzz February 22
Posted at 11:10 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 11:10:14-05

1. If you're interested in participating in this year's Laughfest, registration opens today for some fun events.

If you'd like to take part in the Kids Joke Time Virtual Showcase, The Seriously Funny Adventure Challenge, or the Laughter RX Symposium, you can now sign up at Laughfestgr.org.

There is also a full list of free programming available online.

Event headliners and premium virtual content will be announced on Thursday.

Laughfest's virtual festival runs March 11-14 supporting Gilda's Club Grand Rapids.

2. Michigan and Ohio State are meeting on the hardwood over the weekend for a rivalry game with major implications.

It was the first-ever Top 5 match-up between the schools with the third-ranked Wolverines heading to Columbus to take on the fourth-ranked Buckeyes.

As the two teams traded the lead 17 times over the course of 40 minutes. It wasn't decided until the final three seconds when Michigan senior Eli Brooks hit a pair of free throws to put Michigan up 92-87, which ended up being the final score.

The win keeps Michigan in the driver's seat in the Big 10 conference, with less than two weeks of the regular season remaining. ]

3. A change of zip code could mean more change in your pocket. Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are among some of the most affordable places to live in the U.S.

The study was done by U.S. News, looking at the most affordable housing costs in different cities.

Kalamazoo ranked sixteenth, and Grand Rapids ranked ninth among the top 25 cities.

The study was based on home prices, average annual salary, and percentage of income spent on living expenses.

Huntsville, Alabama, and Fort Wayne, Indiana ranked top on the list.

4. Michigan's craft breweries are top-notch, and now there are three in the running for Best Brewpub in America.

City Built Brewing in Grand Rapids, Homes Brewing in AnnArbor, and Salt Springs Brewery in Saline have been nominated in the new USA Today 10 Best readers poll.

The only state with more brewpubs than Michigan up for the honor is Georgia, with five breweries in the running.

People can vote once per day for a favorite pub until polls close on Tuesday, March 16 at noon.

winners will be announced Friday, March 26.

5. Big travel plans for this summer? With the surge of flyers expected, the transportation security administration will hire thousands to keep pace.

TSA says it will hire about 6,000 new workers by summertime.

National recruiting is underway to fill screening operations at about 430 airports nationwide.

Candidates are being sought out using targeted recruitment, virtual job fairs, and posted positions.

The jobs offer medical coverage, vacation, and sick leave, and retirement plans. Military veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.