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.

Movie Talk

Feb 17, 2017
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New movies opening this weekend include Matt Damon in the action film "The Great Wall", comedy "Fist Fight" starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day and Tracy Morgan, and the mystery thriller, "A Cure for Wellness." Ron VanTimmeren from Celebration! Cinema stops in to preview these and other movies during our weekly Movie Talk.

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Thursday’s national Day Without Immigrants has impacted Grand Rapids Public Schools attendance and it may cause the district to declare it a snow day.

Grand Rapids Public Schools was aware the Day Without Immigrants was in the works and that it would affect attendance. The district appealed to parents encouraging their children to be in the classroom Thursday.

However, in a news release from Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal she explained, “We did experience a large number of students and parents exercising their rights by participating in the Immigrant Out Day.”

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In January, President Donald Trump asked Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “very quickly.”

The replacement plan has yet to be revealed. A recent statewide poll asks Michigan voters what they think about repealing the ACA without a replacement?

Whether you’re a Michigan Republican, Democrat or Independent the overwhelming number of voters, 57 percent, want Congress and President Donald Trump to have a health care replacement plan enacted before repealing the one that’s already in place.

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Today we celebrate the birthday of Grand Rapids native son and  NASA astronaut Roger B. Chaffee. This year also marks the 50 year anniversary of his death. Chaffee was killed January 27, 1967 , along with Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Edward White, when a fire broke out during a launch pad test of the Apollo 1 command module.  We talk with Brother Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy about the legacy of Chaffee and the place where science and religion meet.

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The U.S. intelligence community is investigating alleged Russian hacking of the Presidential election. It’s one of many cyber threats the country faces. A former national security expert and Michigan congressman is explaining these threats in-depth. 

In 2007 the Chinese government fired a missile targeting a satellite orbiting the planet at 18,000 mph. For the first time space was militarized.

“So if you’re in the security space you think, ‘hmm, this is a bit of a problem.”

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In a statewide poll Michigan voters say fixing infrastructure is at the top of the list.

Gov. Rick Snyder $1.2-billion road funding package takes effect this year. You’ll see registration fees increase and you’ll notice an additional fuel tax at the pump. On top of that, the state will move $600 million from the general fund to help fix state roads and bridges.

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Detroit students graduating from a high school within its city limits with a 3.0 grade point average and a 21 on the ACT receive free tuition to a four-year college through the Detroit Promise.

Grand Valley State University makes it a dozen state universities partnering with the Detroit Regional Chamber and Michigan Education Excellence Foundation on this effort.

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It’s a “back to work” attitude for the west Michigan economy following the December holiday season.

The January Supply Management Research Report has been released and all signs point to growth. But has the local economy maxed out?

“Most of the industries that we are surveying right now are optimistic to the point that things are going OK.”

That’s what business leaders are telling Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

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The egg production industry is big business as demand for cage-free eggs continues to increase.

So much so that one West Michigan company providing control systems is expanding and increasing its workforce.

Poultry Management Systems Incorporated automates egg handling. At its website, the Saranac-based company says it’s a market leader in ‘New solutions for egg handling, environmental control and monitoring” along with “automated case labeling and custom motor control panels.”

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Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan we take a closer look at the Johnson Amendment.

Earlier this month during the National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump said he'll work to "get rid of and totally destroy" the Johnson Amendment.

What is it and what will it mean to do away with it?

We talk with Kyle Caldwell, executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.

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