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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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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The first survey for 2018 has been recorded and the West Michigan economy is off to a better than expected start. The national and local economies are heating up with the passage of federal tax reform.

“We knew that the tax cuts would have a positive effect on the economy and stock market but because the markets seem to be hungry for some reason for optimism the growth turned out to be a little bit higher in response to the tax bill that finally did get passed and finally is being implemented.”

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Owners of West Michigan cideries and distilleries talk about growth and appeal. Hospital systems seeking savings are disrupting the health care sector with innovative ideas.

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The Economic Club of Grand Rapids hosted an education panel this week. The topic: "Michigan Lagging Behind Nationally." WGVU spoke with one forum participant, the president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan.

“People feel there may be a problem with our education system but not their school.”

The data says otherwise. Doug Rothwell is president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan. He explains regardless of demographics, statewide K-12 education is failing.

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The U.S. stock market slid 8.5 percent yesterday from its record high in early January. At one point Monday the market dropped more than 1,600 points. The causes for the market plunge range from creeping signs of higher inflation and interest rates to overvaluation and wage increases.

There’s also the theory of computer algorithms triggered the selloff.

‘You know it will be awhile before we know who the real perpetrators of this selloff.”

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Dr. Larry Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexual abuses. Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon resigned shortly thereafter. In her place, MSU’s board of trustees unanimously voted in Former Michigan Gov. John Engler. All of this as the Michigan Attorney General begins an investigation into what MSU new about Dr. Nassar’s conduct. WGVU spoke one-on-one with Attorney General Bill Schuette.

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Grand Rapids Medical Mile will receive some parking relief come the year 2021. What is currently a pair of surface parking lots owned by Grand Valley State University and Spectrum Health System will be transformed into a six-level parking decking with room for more than 1,200 parking spaces.

The parking deck at 333 Michigan Street is a part of GVSU’s $70 million construction next to Grand Valley's Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. The new building will house health professions and nursing programs.

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