Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for December 19

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1. Electors in Michigan and across the country are set to cast their votes for president.

In Michigan, there have been efforts to get the state’s 16 electors to vote against president-elect Donald Trump, but they’re required by law to vote for the state winner.

Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by 10,000 votes.

The revote comes after some Democrats in other states called on congress to delay the vote after the CIA and FBI said that Russia interfered with the election. Republicans weren’t happy with that move.

Despite those requests for a delay, the vote remains as scheduled. The Intelligence Community said it will not discuss the Russian hacks until a review ordered by President Obama is completed in January.

 

2. Hundreds of volunteers spent the day at Amway’s headquarters in Ada putting together bicycles for local kids in Grand Rapids.

Elves and More West Michigan put together 1,000 bikes, most of which will be given out on Christmas Eve.

The event is in its twelfth year, and so far the group has given out a grand total of more than 13,000 bicycles to local kids.

 

3. The Mackinac Bridge played host to a vintage snow mobiles over the weekend.

Saturday's ride was a tribute to old-style snowmobiles, which had to be at least 25 years old to be part of the event.

The vehicles were able to go over the bridge because they were equipped with wheel kids.

A snowmobile museum in the UP helped organize the event.

 

4. McDonald's is planning to test out a delivery service.

Starting in January, they’ll be testing out the service in about 200 restaurants in Florida.

People will be able to place orders for delivery online or with an app. Customers will also be able to track the delivery’s progress.

After getting feedback, the chain will decide whether or not to expand to the rest of the country.

 

5.  Students at Jenison High School paid it forward to kids at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital on Saturday.

Kids who will be at the hospital for the holidays received care packages.

It all started after a group of students took a class called “Bigger Than You.” A handful of them chose to make 50 care packages full of coloring books, toys, and games that will help keep kids occupied while they’re in the hospital.

The students raised money for the packages through a generous donation and a Go-Fund-Me page.

One student’s grandmother helped too, making pillow cases for the kids. The students say they’re already looking forward to doing this again next year.

 

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