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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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Donald Trump won the state of Michigan in the 2016 Presidential Election. Yet, a recent statewide poll indicates that heading into his 8th month in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump receives an overall positive job approval rating of 35% compared to a 62% negative rating.

Michigan pollster EPIC-MRA is releasing a series of survey results this week. WGVU breaks down part one.

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

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Why has the Grand Rapids' downtown condominium market slowed? We take a closer look along with a new survey on business owner optimism.

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Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan a story of corporate philanthropy. A west Michigan kayak manufacturer works with Walmart delivering kayaks and boats to first responders and residents in the Houston area conducting rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

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A Chinese furniture component manufacturer is expanding its U.S. presence into Cedar Springs. J-Star Motion Corporation, maker of office furniture industry linear motion and lifting systems, is investing $4.9 million into a new manufacturing facility at an existing site at 500 West Street in Cedar Springs.

Securing J-Star’s expansion into West Michigan was engineered by regional nonprofit economic development organization, The Right, with help from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

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The site plan for Grand Rapids’ $40 million Plaza Roosevelt is unveiled. WGVU takes a look at the details

When completed, Plaza Roosevelt will be a mixed-use development situated on two Grand Rapids city blocks on the east side of Grandville Avenue between Graham and Franklin Streets. 

What has been four years in the making and dubbed a $40 million “Neighborhood-Driven Development,” Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is taking the lead.

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Grand Rapids’ major entertainment venues have broken attendance records this past year. WGVU’ breaks down the figures at DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena.

Van Andel Arena celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 and did it in style. On home ice, the 2016-2017 Grand Rapids Griffins won its second AHL Calder Cup Championship and musician Paul McCartney set a single event record with the most gross ticket sales. That show was just one of 60 performances and 37 events hosted by the downtown arena.

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The great American solar eclipse has come and gone. It was a rare astronomical event and one that I  shared with my daughters. With solar eclipse glasses protecting their young eyes, this was their first solar eclipse experience captured in this audio diary. 

“Norah, what do you see?”

“It looks like a moon.”

“Whoa!” Shrieked her sister, Sienna, “It’s a moon! It’s the moon!”

I had to explain it’s the moon passing in front of the sun. Also, reminding the girls to keep the solar eclipse glasses covering their eyes.

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Here in West Michigan, if the clouds cooperate, we will experience an 85-percent solar eclipse. When you turn your eyes to the skies this afternoon what will you experience? The man in charge of the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium tells us you must protect your eyes by wearing eclipse glasses. Once those are in place, kick back and enjoy the show.

“There’s a prediction that this will be the most widely observed eclipse in history.”

West Michigan Republican congressman are denouncing President Donald Trump for his remarks during a Tuesday news conference at Trump Tower for his reverting back to blaming "both sides" for the violence between white supremacists and counterdemonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Health in All Policies is a concept that asks government leaders at all levels to consider policy decisions through what the Kent County Health Department calls a “Health Lens.”

“How do we create policies both at the community level, but also within organizations, in the neighborhoods that are conducive to more healthy environment, better education, better job opportunities , better transportation, all the things that are really a precursors to health outcomes.”

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