Patrick Center

Patrick  joined WGVU in December, 2008, after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News Director, Patrick manages our daily news operation. An award winning reporter, Patrick is an EMMY Award nominee and was named Best Individual Reporter by the Michigan Associated Press and presented with the Best Individual Reporter Merit Award by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. . He remains loyal to his boyhood professional sports teams: Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers. Although he grew up in the "buckeye" state, he has fallen in love with the people and natural resources of West Michigan.

West Michigan Republican congressman are denouncing President Donald Trump for his remarks during a Tuesday news conference at Trump Tower for his reverting back to blaming "both sides" for the violence between white supremacists and counterdemonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Health in All Policies is a concept that asks government leaders at all levels to consider policy decisions through what the Kent County Health Department calls a “Health Lens.”

“How do we create policies both at the community level, but also within organizations, in the neighborhoods that are conducive to more healthy environment, better education, better job opportunities , better transportation, all the things that are really a precursors to health outcomes.”

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Coming this Monday, August 21st North America's eyes will turn to the skies taking in the solar eclipse. Here in West Michigan, if the weather cooperates, you'll witness an 85 percent solar eclipse. For more on when and how best to view it we turn to Dave DeBruyn, Curator Emeritus at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium who also considers himself a coronafile.

The Muskegon Police Department is investigating the discovery of a noose at an area school playground.

Muskegon Police were made aware Sunday evening of Facebook posts containing pictures of noose hanging from playground equipment. The information officers received were that the posts were made by an area man and the photos of the noose were taken at Glenside School. When officers arrived at the school located along West Hackley Avenue the noose was gone. But after checking in with Muskegon Public Schools officials the noose had been removed earlier in the day. / City of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority approved the mixed-use development project featuring a movie theater complex.

If all goes as planned, the $140 million mixed-use project could break ground later this year. Celebration Cinema is investing $100 million devoted to a multi-screen movie theater called Studio C! located within the Arena South District at Oakes and Cherry Streets.

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What is the best way to provide the highest quality and affordable health care to Americans? That was one of the questions posed by Kent County Democrats during a town hall meeting.

The Kent County Democratic Party hosted a town hall meeting at Grand Rapids’ Fountain Street Church Wednesday evening hosted by State Representative Winnie Brinks.

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We discuss a movement backed by some Grand Rapids entertainment district establishment owners pushing for laws allowing for open containers. Also, health care consumerism backed by health insurance providers.

The most recent Supply Management Research survey indicates the West Michigan’s economy is experiencing slower growth.

“This month we had a sharper drop in auto sales than we’ve had in any of the previous months this year.” That’s Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

He explains July marked the sixth straight month auto sales have been down year over year. “That means that we are reaching that level of saturation that we all knew we were going to meet eventually.”

Movie Talk

Aug 4, 2017
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Ron Van Timmeren and Eric Kuiper from Celebration Cinema! stop in previewing Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, The Dark Tower and Kidnap. We also talk Indie films Lady MacBeth, Maudie, Pop Aye and The Midwife.

Bass player and singer Katie Thiroux has a new CD out OFF BEAT mixing swinging standards with her own smart originals.