Morning Buzz- 5 things to know about May 16

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  1. You knew the flint water crisis was going to cost the rest of the state, but we're just now starting to get a glimpse of just how much.

New data shows the State of Michigan has spent more than $3.6 million paying people who are passing out filters and water bottles, doing water sampling and other office work.

The number of workers peaked in February at more than 500.

Right now, there's about 200.

Overall, Michigan has spent more than $22 million so far on this health emergency.


2. UPS will now let customers track their packages while en route for delivery in near real time.

The new “Follow My Delivery” service will roll out first for pricier UPS Air and UPS Worldwide Express deliveries as part of the ups my choice program. So you'll have to join the free program if you want to stalk that new swimsuit or sports coat coming your way

Customers will be able to use the info to better plan their day and reduce the number of missed deliveries.


3. A popular fixture at the Grand Rapids public museum is coming down for the summer.

The Driggs Skylark bi-plane has been on display for nearly 20 years.

It was removed by the same group that hung the plane years ago on May 15.

It's all being done to make room for a new staircase that's being built for the museum's school.

Most of the construction should be finished by late summer.

The plane will be re-installed in September.


4. There's a chance at some history in the making

The Grand Rapids Griffins have been fighting for their playoff lives since going down 3 games to none against the Lake Erie Monsters in the best of seven series.

After a huge 6 to 1 win over Lake Erie on May 14, the Griffins still trail in the series 3 games to 2. They can even the series with one more win.

If the Griffins can win the series, they would be just the 4th team in AHL history to win a best of seven series after trailing 3-0.

The puck drops at 7pm at Van Andel Arena on May 16.


5. A Chinese police officer has beat his own Guinness World Record for planking.

The abdominal exercise, not the internet fad.

This was at the Plank World Cup in Beijing. It came down to the current record holder and a u-s marine.

The former record was 4 hours and 26 minutes.  Now, after this event over the weekend, it's 8 hours and 1 minute.


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