Midday West Michigan

U.S. Government

With a new session of Congress come new appointments. U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga has been elected to lead the Capital Markets Subcommittee and he’s also been elected to Co-Chair the Great Lakes Task Force.

WGVU spoke with the Zeeland Republican about his new roles.

Movie Talk

Jan 6, 2017
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Opening in theaters this week: Hidden Figures, A Monster Calls, and La La Land along with Celebration! Cinema's January Indie Film Series.

Saxophonist Jane Bunnet releases "ODDARA"

Jan 5, 2017
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Saxophonist Jane Bunnet released a new album in 2016 entitled ODDARA featuring a mix of jazz and Cuban music.

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What does 2017 hold for the West Michigan economy? MiBiz sits down with dozens of area business leaders discussing the impacts of a new Presidential administration, repealing the Affordable Care Act along with potential deregulation and reforms in the banking industry.

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The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority has a new President and CEO. James “Jim” Gill is landing in West Michigan after years of on the Allegheny County Airport Authority in Pittsburgh.

WGVU’s spoke with Gill about challenges and opportunities at Ford International.

Program Manager Hour: Deb

Jan 1, 2017

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La La Land leads holiday movies opening in west Michigan

Dec 23, 2016
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In the final movie talk on Mid Day, WGVU looks at La La Land, Jackie, Lion, Assassin's Creed, Sing and Why Him? with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema.

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This year Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed a 15 member Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education. Its mission is to educate Michigan school children about world atrocities and provide resources for training teachers.

WGVU Public Media General Manager Michael Walenta is serving on the council. We talk with him about the impact genocide and Holocaust education can have on children in the classroom.

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Chicago musician Lucy Smith explores both sacred and secular music with her jazz quartet. On their new CD, Singing Christmas, they celebrate the holiday.

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One year after the United States banned microbeads, the small plastic particles you might see in a face scrub, scientists are now turning their attention to microfibers, hairlike plastics in our clothing. Both types of plastic have been cluttering up oceans, rivers, and lakes. But clothing and personal care products aren’t the biggest sources of microplastics.  Scientists are having a hard time finding out what these microplastics are and where they come from.  

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