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.

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A West Michigan-based business is expanding and creating new jobs in Cutlerville. American RV is making a $2.5 million investment at its Cutlerville location.

As recreational vehicle demand grows, the West Michigan-based RV dealer is expanding its indoor showroom adding 14,000 square. That will include more waiting rooms and office space. An additional 8,400 square feet is devoted to new service bays. American RV is also incorporating new kiosks where customers can browse inventory and comparison shop.

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Since President Eisenhower every U.S. President has met with the Pope. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis meet Wednesday for the first time in a Vatican City ceremony.

What are the expectations heading into this appointment? WGVU spoke with the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.

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The Art of Rube Goldberg opened this past weekend at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. WGVU stopped in for a preview.

Rube Goldberg was a beloved 20th Century cartoonist and inventor.

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Michigan lawmakers are hopeful a state operated drug-monitoring system will slow opioid abuse.

Spectrum Health is bringing mammographies to Meijer customers.

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The National Academy of Sciences has elected its third Van Andel Research Institute scientist.

Van Andel Research Institute cancer scientist Stephen Baylin has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Doctor Baylin is a co-leader focused on VARI’s Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team carrying out four clinical trials developing new therapies for various form of leukemia and colorectal cancer.

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The United States’ service men and women secure our freedom. How can we support them when they return home? Grand Valley State University’ Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies hosted its annual PTSD conference.

WGVU spoke with the keynote speaker, a Vietnam War combat veteran who understands treating the hidden wounds of war.

Jim Hodges joined the Civil Air Patrol when he was 16-years old. The young Texan began working with intelligence officers and joined the Army. “I was born with that soldier mentality in me.”

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West Michigan’s economy remains strong after two months of double-digit growth. But there are signs the Trump rally may be slowing. WGVU breaks down the latest Supply Management Research survey.

“We are at a two year high right now.” In particular, the Supply Management Research index for employment and new orders. “But we can’t expect that to continue. We have some industries in our area, namely automotive and office furniture that are at or near their two year highs themselves. As a result, we look forward to some slackening as far as the industry is concerned.”

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Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates are travelling the state seeking support. With the election more than a year away democrat Gretchen Whitmer is visiting Allegan and Grand Rapids Saturday. WGVU spoke with Whitmer about her message.

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The Michigan Municipal League is hosting public forums talking about the state’s system for funding municipalities that it believes is broken. The MML says mayors have consolidated services saving taxpayer dollars but more needs to be done.

During its Save MI City stop in Grand Rapids, WGVU spoke with Matt Bach, director of media relations with the Michigan Municipal League about the fallout from the Great Recession and how decreases in revenue sharing are impacting cities across the state.

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Learning from Scratch was founded by Betsey Hamm in 1998. She collects large sums of commercially produced pieces parts that might otherwise end up in landfills. Hamm puts those industrial leftovers to work explaining, "All by themselves, these various remnants appear useless. But to a creative mind, it's part of something that evolves through an artistic or educational process." 

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