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.

Foremost Farms

Wisconsin-based Foremost Farms is expanding in Greenville investing tens of millions of dollars creating jobs. Foremost Farms is a dairy processing cooperative based in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Its milk processing and marketing cooperative that is farmer-owned. The co-op has roughly 1,400 dairy farmer members. Its annual sales are $1.5 billion ranking 28th in the nation.

Michigan exports several billion dollars in automotive and agriculture goods to Canada and Mexico each year. With the United States renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with its neighbors, non-profit regional development organization, The Right Place, along with the Van Andel Global Trade Center invited area business leaders to meet privately with the Canadian Consul General for an update on negotiations.

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The City of Lowell is preparing for what will go down as, what it calls the third highest elevation flood in the town’s history. The Grand River is expected to crest there at 18.6 feet sometime after 7 o’clock Friday evening. WGVU visited Lowell where residents and city officials are taking action.

City of Lowell workers have their orders barricading roads into southeast neighborhoods where the Grand River’s waters are rising to near historic levels. I ask how many barricades are being deployed?

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The National Weather Service says portions of downtown Grand Rapids, Comstock Park and North Park are under the gun as flood waters continue to rise across West Michigan.

It was five years ago when the region experienced what was defined as a 100 year flood. WGVU headed down to the Grand River where forecasters expect this week’s flooding to be nearly as severe as it was in 2013.

Rivers and streams across West Michigan are rising. The snowmelt and three to four inches of rain over a 48 hour period triggered flood warnings across the WGVU listening area.

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From startup to mature company, MiBiz takes a look at the proposed sale of MPI Research to Charles River Laboratories and how acquisitions impact a community. Also, credit union consolidation and Mary Free Bed's research aims.

Kent ISD

The Strong Schools, Strong Communities enhancement millage was passed by voters last year. The Kent County Intermediate School District wants residents to know how the additional dollars are being used in classrooms.

Voters approved the Kent Intermediate School District’s Strong Schools, Strong Communities enhancement millage in May. The additional $20 million generated annually over the next 10 years will provide more resources for the 20 school districts served by Kent ISD.

There are a number of Flood Warnings and Watches posted for rivers and streams in the WGVU listening area. Kent County Emergency Management is monitoring flooding potential.

The National Weather Service is forecasting rising temperatures and anticipating one to three inches of rain over the next two days. It’s a combination accelerating the snow melt and increasing the chances for flooding along low-lying areas and swollen streams and riverbanks.

Courtesy office of Mayor Bliss

During her 3rd State of the City Address last week Grand Rapids mayor Rosalynn Bliss turned her attention to public safety. In the aftermath of what she called “critical incidents involving youth” and the profiling minority motorists, the mayor is seeking solutions for improving relations between the Grand Rapids Police Department and the diverse communities it serves.

"We must be a community of trust, safety, fairness, respect and security for all.”

Tuesday, February 13th at 10 o’clock on WGVU Public Television, FRONTLINE presents The Gang Crackdown.

As the country debates the future of immigration this documentary investigates gang violence perpetrated by MS-13 targeting immigrants. Also, how communities and law enforcement respond.

WGVU spoke with the film’s director.

“This is something that the Trump Administration wants all viewers to pay very close attention to.”

The Laker Line has officially been given the green light with the approval of government funding. The Laker Line operating primarily along Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) will replace The Rapid’s Route 50 with bus rapid transit between Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus and downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus – and – the Cooke Devos Center for Health Sciences along the Medical Mile.

WGVU spoke with the U.S. Representative who helped secure its funding.

“We think this is a justifiable expense that will really benefit the community.”