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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Michigan State University officially opened its $88 million Grand Rapids Research with a ribbon cutting.

“One, two, three…”

Lead by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, a giant green ribbon was cut opening the Medical School’s six-story, nearly 163,000-square-foot Grand Rapids Research Center.

“Imagine people who are thinking about things that we can’t yet imagine. Ideas that may work, they may not. But they’re all about trying to improve the quality of life.”

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How the new $88 million Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center will impact the local economy and a look at how family-owned businesses preserve their legacy.

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Millions of dollars in security improvements have been awarded to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Gerald R. Ford International Airport will receive more than $3.8 million dedicated to security improvements.

The money is a portion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The program receives $3 billion annually. The money is shared among the nation’s 3,300 eligible airports used for upgrading safety, security, capacity, and efficiency measures.

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The Grand Rapids organization responsible for the development of Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place Convention Center, Downtown Market and the renovation and expansion of the Civic Theatre’s Meijer Majestic Theatre, just to name a few, is putting its mission on hold.

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Michigan voters polled are none to happy about the factors auto insurance companies use for setting premiums.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA conducted a survey on behalf of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. It wanted to know what voters thought about auto insurers using education level, marital status, employment and credit scores as determining factors.

For starters, 81 percent, an overwhelming majority believe they’re paying too much for auto insurance.

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Wednesday, September 13th @ 10 PM WGVU Public Television is airing USS Indianapolis Live - From The Deep.

Lost for 72 years, the wreckage of the US Navy cruiser the USS Indianapolis was located last month, 18,000 feet below the surface of the Philippine Sea. The program will share, for the first time, a live video tour of the wreckage from a remotely operated submersible three miles below the ocean surface halfway around the globe.

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is hosting its Community Day of Remembrance where more than 1,000 West Michigan Boy Scouts are saluting the flag from sun up to sundown paying their respects to all who died 16 years ago during the 9-11 terror attacks. “

Second row attention. Right hand salute.”

“How many times have you saluted?” I ask a young Boy Scout. “Probably around 20?”

“First row, too. Left face. Forward march.”

“7:18 this morning…”

“All rows advance.”

Kids Food Basket

Kids Food Basket has been providing sack suppers to area school children in need making sure they don’t go to bed hungry at night. The need has been so great that the non-profit needs more space for preparing these meals. KFB has purchased property and kicked off a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign to make it happen.

From what is Grand Rapids city proper’s last remaining parcel of farmland located along Leonard Street NE will emerge from its 14 acres a new production and education facility.

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The University of California has sued the Trump administration over its decision to end a program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. University of California president, Janet Napolitano, is in Grand Rapids where she explained the reasoning for the lawsuit.

The University of California filed the lawsuit against the Trump administration today in federal court in San Francisco. It includes university president Janet Napolitano as a plaintiff.

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A series of statewide polls is being released this week. Yesterday, EPIC-MRA focused on President Donald Trump’s approval rating among other things. Today a Michigan-centric survey on leadership and next year’s gubernatorial candidate matchups. WGVU breaks down part two.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA conducted its survey from August 27th through September 1st polling 600 registered Michigan voters, reaching 30 percent of them by cellphone.

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