Morning Buzz- 5 things to know for June 15

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  1. After waiting more than a decade for private investors, the city of Muskegon is now taking the fate of its downtown into its own hands.

The city decided to buy up properties and land to redevelop homes and sell them.

They say it could be risky, but they're willing to take that chance.

The city commission decided to buy a whole block on Houston and 4th Street just south of their downtown.

They'll build nine houses and sell them for market value of $160,000 to $180,000 apiece.

These new single family homes will also bring up the property values of near homes.

The city hopes to make a profit, but if they don’t they still get other revenue like property and income taxes.

 

2. If you're looking for a fun way to spend the evening and pay it forward, you can head to a block party tonight.

Grand Rapids Garage Bar and Grill is hosting weekly street parties, starting Wednesday.

The parties will be in front of the bar on Ottawa Avenue, and they'll benefit the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Wednesday's party is going on from 6-10 p.m. Admission is $3, and one dollar from that will go to the home.

There will be live music, motorcycle and classic car competitions, food, and more.

 

3. Another big name is coming to West Michigan, and his name is Kanye West.

As part of his "Saint Pablo” tour, West will be at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on September 27.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. and range $30 to $130.

It's also worth noting, that his stop is right in the middle of Artprize, which starts September 21, so prepare for even heavier traffic

 

4. Kellogg's is issuing a huge recall this morning.

The company is pulling several snacks because they might contain some peanut residue.

The FDA says it isn't expected to cause adverse health effects, even for people with allergies, but the recall is just out of caution.

The impacted foods include different kinds of Keebler cookies, famous Amos chocolate chip cookies, and Special K Brownies.

If you have any of the affected products, throw them away and contact the company for a refund.

Here's a list of all the products being recalled.

 

5. The sounds of Jamaica are coming to West Michigan as the 21st Annual Kalamazoo Island Festival gets underway Thursday night.

There will be 30 hours of reggae music over three days, 50 crafts and food vendor booths and much more.

Two and three day passes are available for purchase. See the lineup for the event here.

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