An icon turns 50: First Avenue reflects on five decades of music

It may not be the birthday party they imagined, but First Avenue is celebrating its 50th birthday. The very first act took the stage on April 3, 1970 kicking off a storied history. First Avenue president Dayna Frank joined the Morning Buzz to chat about how the birthday celebration is being transformed amid the outbreak, and reflected on the venue's five decades of making music.

Smokers who want to quit during the COVID-19 outbreak don't have to do it alone

According to the CDC, smoking can seriously compromise your immune system and put people at higher risk for severe issues with COVID-19. To help during the epidemic, the Minnesota Department of Health is out with a new family of support programs, called Quit Partner (1-800-QUIT-NOW). Laura Oliven with the Tobacco Control Network joined the Morning Buzz to explain how the programs work.

Saint Paul "Bridge Fund" to help families, small business during COVID-19 outbreak

Saint Paul is rolling out a new program to help people struggling during the pandemic. Mayor Melvin Carter is proposing a nearly $4 million Bridge Fund - offering assistance to low-income families and small businesses. Mayor Carter joined the FOX 9 Morning News to talk about how the fund will work and how the city is responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

On the hunt: Tips to navigating the changing job market

Many people are navigating layoffs and furloughs as businesses close their doors or cut services due to the pandemic. If you're looking for work, some companies are still hiring. MN CareerForce joined the FOX 9 Morning News with recommendations for those in the middle of a new job hunt.

COVID-19 clinical trial launches at U of M; researchers hope to find new use for old malaria drug

The race to find new treatment for COVID-19 is underway at the University of Minnesota. Researchers are taking a close look at a drug that has received a lot of attention in the last few weeks, hydroxychloroquine. One of the co-investigators of the clinical trial joined FOX 9 to explain the potential the drug might have, and a warning for those who may try to use the drug without a prescription.

Minnesota grocery stores pledge to stay open through coronavirus outbreak

As demand continues to increase, Minnesota grocery stores are working overtime to stay open and remain a safe place for customers & workers. President of the Minnesota Grocers Association Jamie Pfuhl joined the FOX 9 Morning News to address concerns about the supply chain and how stores are working to safeguard staff during the outbreak.

Five easy exercises to kick off your home fitness routine

With gyms closed the best place to get in a wonderful workout... is your own home. Wellness physical therapist from the Mayo Clinic Dani Johnson joined the Morning Buzz with five (fabulous) exercises anyone can do from the comfort of their living room.

Pets & the coronavirus: What you need to know about protecting your furry friends

The Animal Humane Society may have closed their doors temporarily to the public, but they still are on a mission to educate the public and take care of animals in need. Chief veterinarian Dr. Graham Brayshaw joined us on the Morning Buzz to chat about whether pets are at risk of getting the coronavirus and how to take care of your furry friends amid the outbreak.