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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The majority of Michigan voters say fixing the state’s infrastructure is the number one problem lawmakers need to address. That is the finding in a recent poll conducted in December.

Fix MI State is a campaign organized by the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association. It asked Lansing-based Epic-MRA to survey 600 registered Michigan voters asking what they think is the top problem facing the state?

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One in 10 workers in the United States in employed by some form of philanthropy. With changes coming to the field in 2018 what can nonprofits expect?

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University has identified 11 trends.

Executive Director Kyle Caldwell discusses those trends and how to best understand their impacts.

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West Michigan’s economy wrapped up 2017 with what is described as “solid growth” in December. WGVU takes a look at the number from last month’s Supply Management Research survey. The trajectory gives its author a good idea of what the local economy may bring in 2018.

“The general feeling is we could hit 3.5 percent growth rate as far as the year 2018 is concerned.”

Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

“This will be our best year if this in turn comes to pass.”

Movie Talk

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Celebration Cinema!'s Ron VanTimmeren and Eric Kuiper preview Molly's Game, Insidious: The Last Key and Darkest Hour during our weekly Movie Talk.

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Grand Rapids continues to be a national leader in discovering a possible cure for Parkinson’s disease.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Van Andel Research Institute, Rush University and Grand Valley State University researches with a $500,000 grant to continue work on a genetic modification identified and developed at GVSU.

“That money is used to test an a agent that we have developed in our lab.”

Merritt DeLano-Taylor is associate professor of biomedical sciences at Grand Valley State University.

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MiBiz senior writer, Mark Sanchez, talks with area business leaders discussing their views on what lies ahead for the West Michigan economy in 2018.

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WGVU continues honoring area Veterans. Today, we turn our attention to Veteran volunteers in Muskegon restoring a Vietnam era river patrol boat. It’s one of only 33 remaining PBR boats. We share with you the story of nonprofit Operation Black Sheep.

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As Michigan continues addressing the growing opioid epidemic, the state is adding another major retail pharmacy to its drug tracking system design to combat the opioid crisis.

“It’s very tragic in just how much this issue is literally ruining not only families, individuals but also communities.”

Kim Gaedeke is the Acting Deputy Director of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. She explains that when it comes to opioid addiction there are two issues confronting society.

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America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree calls West Michigan home. Muskegon’s Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts hosted Mona Shores High School’s 33rd annual America's Tallest Singing Christmas Tree concert this year.

WGVU visited with the choir for a behind-the-scenes tour of a lakeshore holiday tradition.

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The U.S. House has passed the $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in a re-vote. West Michigan Congressional leaders explained they’re “yes” votes through social media.

“Hey, everybody it’s Bill Huizenga coming live from my office in Washington D.C.”

Via Facebook Live the Zeeland Republican explained his vote for tax reform was the right thing to do for the country.

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