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Morning Buzz: January 20, 2021
Posted at 10:14 AM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 10:14:13-05

1. Inauguration Day has arrived, and between the tensions around it and the pandemic, it will be unlike any other the nation has seen.

Instead of balls and parades, there will be Zoom parties. Plus instead of thousands congregating on the capitol grounds a National Mall, there will be members of the National Guard in their place.

However, history will also be made when Kamala Harris is sworn in as the nation's next vice president. She will become the first female, first black woman, and first person of South Asian descent to hold the roll.

In inaugural process is expected to begin around 11 a.m. Fox 17 will have coverage all day on-air, online, Facebook, and app along with streaming devices like Fire TV and Roku.

2. Last chance to get a Mega Millions ticket! It has crept up to nearly one billion dollars.

This is after there was no jackpot winner declared in last night's drawing. The jackpot is now $970 million, with the cash option sitting at a little more than $716 million.

The next drawing will take place Friday night.

3. In-person learning started up again at Grand Rapids Public Schools. Monday was the first time students were actually inside the buildings since March 12, 2020.

Not all students are back in-person, some opted to stick with remote learning.

The district has health protocols in place, including face mask requirements and daily health screenings. They also set up a rigorous cleaning schedule.

4. The annual Walk For Warmth in Ottawa County is going virtual this year.

It's completely free to participate, but donations are encouraged. 100 percent of the funds will go towards helping local residents with housing and food assistance.

All you need to do is complete a two-mile exercise, whether it's by walking, running, a bike ride, or anything else you can come up with. The only rules are to get outside, stay safe, and have fun.

People are also encouraged to share their pictures on social media. Registration is open through February 12.

5. Grab the fondue set, order a cheese pizza, with a side of mac and cheese, because it's National Cheese Lover's Day!

The earliest record of gooey goodness dates back to 5500 BCE.

Cheese has a special place in Americans' hearts and diets. Today is just one of 18 other cheese specific days honoring cheese in some form or fashion.