Breakfast Buzz: Kentucky Derby Celebrations


The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby kicks off tomorrow but some are already celebrating. That story tops this morning’s Breakfast Buzz.

The annual derby parade happened Thursday. There were bands, floats and giant balloons. the theme this year was “Louisville on the Move.” The University’s Cardinal Marching Band played and there were performances from several other groups. All to get ready for tomorrow’s derby. You can see the fastest two minutes in sports right here on KNWA on Saturday

Today is Cinco de Mayo! Your favorite mexican restaurant may be short on guacamole. Avocado prices have soared with high demand. Some are up as much as 55%. The most recent Department of Agriculture retail price report prices the average avocado at $1.43.  That’s compared to 92 cents last year. 

About 15 million Americans have allergic reactions to food. A new study from the CDC shows that while restaurants try to prevent food based allergic reactions they could be doing more. Most have ingredient lists or recipes available. But, less than half of interviewed restaurant staff got trained on food allergies. Those that did often didn’t learn what to do if a customer has a reaction. Experts say if you do have allergies do your research and ask questions. 

Google says it shut down a spam email that was impersonating its online file service Google Docs. That story tops this morning’s Breakfast Buzz. Gmail users were getting spam messages with links asking to review a document. The messages looked like they were coming from a trusted contact. Google says it stopped the spam campaign in about an hour. The company says be safe and make sure to use security features. 

Nissan is looking to help prevent distracted driving. The company unveiled a prototype called the “signal shield.” Once a mobile device is placed in the compartment and the lid is closed, the Nissan signal shield creates a “silent zone” and blocks all of the phone’s incoming and outgoing cellular, bluetooth and wi-fi connections so drivers can stay focused.

Four video games have been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. “Donkey Kong,” “Halo: Combat Evolved,” “Pokémon Red and green,” and “Street Fighter Two” now boast a coveted spot in the 2017 class of inductees. The video games were chosen from a list of 12 finalists. They were announced Thursday at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, where the Hall of Fame was established in 2015.

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