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Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan we shine the spotlight on Michigan-based Feyen Zylstra launching a new corporate program providing paid leave for employees volunteering at nonprofits of their choice.

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The X Men franchise continues with the opening of Logan, billed as the final Wolverine film starring Hugh Jackman.  That movie plus faith based The Shack, the drama Before I Fall, the comedy Table 19 and the true life A United Kingdom all open in theaters plus four indie films.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran and Eric Kuiper from Celebration Cinema.

Grand Valley State Sports Report

Feb 28, 2017

Grand Valley State University men's basketball guard Luke Ryskamp has been one of the most exciting players to watch with his aggressive twisting moves to the hoop. The senior has followed in his sister's footsteps to become one of the top players in Laker history.

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The Academy Awards are Sunday night and WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema on prospective winners.  There are also three movies opening in theaters in western Michigan, including the critically acclaimed comedy horror film Get Out and Paterson, the latest from director Jim Jarmusch.  It's movie talk on Miday Day.

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B3TLES: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four is the latest recording from WGVU favorite organissimo, one of the finest jazz-funk-jam bands in Michigan.  WGVU has this preview of an album that reinterprets the music of The Beatles with swing, soul and improvisational wit.

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MiBiz takes a closer look at how the Trump Administration's immigration policy will impact the West Michigan economy. Also, Grand Rapids-based MC Sports files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Michigan's Tax Tribunal rules in favor of Spectrum Health in a property tax dispute with Grand Rapids Township.

Movie Talk

Feb 17, 2017
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New movies opening this weekend include Matt Damon in the action film "The Great Wall", comedy "Fist Fight" starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day and Tracy Morgan, and the mystery thriller, "A Cure for Wellness." Ron VanTimmeren from Celebration! Cinema stops in to preview these and other movies during our weekly Movie Talk.

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Today we celebrate the birthday of Grand Rapids native son and  NASA astronaut Roger B. Chaffee. This year also marks the 50 year anniversary of his death. Chaffee was killed January 27, 1967 , along with Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Edward White, when a fire broke out during a launch pad test of the Apollo 1 command module.  We talk with Brother Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy about the legacy of Chaffee and the place where science and religion meet.

It's a sequel weekend for theaters around western Michigan as The Lego Batman opens along with John Wick: Chapter 2 and Fifty Shades Darker.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema about those movies and nominations for Best Picture for the Oscars.  It's movie talk on Mid Day!

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Three Grand Rapids-based affordable housing construction projects just received more than 7 million dollars in federal housing tax credits.  City officials say the tax credits are important in helping the projects come to life and provide much needed housing. WGVU’S Jennifer Moss talked with Kara Wood, Managing Director of Economic Development for the City of Grand Rapids.

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