Breakfast Buzz: Concert Benefits LA Flooding Victims


Some of music’s top names gathered in Baton Rouge Monday night for a benefit concert to help Louisiana flood victims. That story tops this morning’s Breakfast Buzz.

The Louisiana Rising Show benefitted the American Red Cross’s Louisiana flood relief fund. Last month’s floods left at least 13 people dead, damaged more than 60,000 homes and left thousands living in shelters. The Red Cross says the damage is the worst to hit the U.S. since superstorm Sandy back in 2012.

Some good news for the giant panda. An international conservation group is taking them off the endangered species list, saying China’s efforts to bring it back from the brink of extinction are working. The animal is now listed as vulnerable. But the group warns that climate change is a major threat to the panda’s bamboo habitat. Experts predict  climate change will eliminate more than 35% of the panda’s bamboo habitat over the next 80 years.

Millions were holding on to their pants as one man tried to back flip his way into the record books Monday morning. On The Today Show, self-taught acrobat Raymond Butler attempted to set the record for longest distance backflip into a pair of pants. He snagged his first attempt to the left, but Butler got a second try. After a few adjustments, Butler ran, flipped and stuck the landing. Guinness World Records adjudicator Rob Molloy put his button of approval on the feat and made it official. Butler zipped past the old record of seven feet, eight inches with a flip of eight feet, six inches.

Today is national read a book day, and a new survey reveals print books remain more popular among Americans than their digital formats. The survey by Pew Research Center found 65 percent of Americans have read a print book in the last year. That’s more than double the 28 percent that read an e-book, and more than four times of those who listened to an audio book. The survey found the total number of Americans who read any book over the last twelve months has remained consistent since 2012. Four in ten read print books exclusively.

Dairy Queen is celebrating the unofficial end of summer with a giveaway today. At participating locations, you can get your hands on a small ultimate oreo frappe. The offer is available from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. today only. Dairy Queen’s ultimate oreo frappe is a combination of coffee, ice and oreo cookie pieces blended with vanilla soft serve and finished with whipped topping and oreo cookie pieces.

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