Midday West Michigan

Movie Talk

Oct 7, 2016
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Birth of a Nation and The Girl on the Train open in theaters today, along with the comedy Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.  WGVU's Scot Vander Werf and Ron Van Timmeran of Celebration Cinema talk about these movies and other cinematic events including the latest Japanese Godzilla flick on this week's Movie Talk.

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Grand Rapids downtown rents are rising, making affordable housing hard to come by for local artists.  Major developments could receive a funding boost under proposed legislation.  


VoiceGR is an annual community survey conducted by Grand Valley State University's Dorothy Johnson Center for Philanthropy. The center says "it asks residents of the greater Grand Rapids area about their perceptions and opinions of where they live."How do survey results help government, business and philanthropic leaders make decisions for improving the community?

We talk with Jodi Petersen, Director of the Community Research Institute in the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.    

Deep Water Horizon is a big screen treatment of the disaster.  The film opens today, along with Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, directed by Tim Burton, the critically acclaimed Queen of Katwe and the comedy Masterminds.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran and Eric Kuiper from Celebration Cinema about these movies and new slate of indie flicks.


Tuesday, September 27th @ 9 PM on WGVU-HD, FRONTLINE Premieres The Choice 2016 - The Dueling Stories of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as They Compete for the Presidency.    

WGVU spoke with co-producer, Mike Wiser.

Grand Valley State University sophomore running back Marty Carter is averaging 11.3 yards a carry and nearly 150 yards per game.    Grand Valley Sports Report catches up with this exciting student athlete who is making the most of his opportunity as a Laker.

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We discuss ArtPrize economics, Metro Health and University of Michigan Health System signing a definitive agreement for affiliation and Grand Valley Health closes its HMO business.    

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Investigators probing bomb blasts in New York and New Jersey say they've found no evidence so far that the suspect in the attacks was part of a broader terrorist cell.

Ahmad Khan Rahami was shot Monday in an exchange of gunfire with police in Linden, New Jersey.

A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity says Rahami wasn't on any terror or no-fly lists but had been interviewed for immigration purposes.

WGVU spoke with Pete Hoekstra, former West Michigan congressman and chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence.   

Kent County GOP held its annual Lincoln Day Dinner Monday evening. GOP Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was keynote speaker. She spoke about the impacts and successes of women leaders in the Republican Party.

Also at the event was Alex Smith, National Chair of the College Republican National Committee. 

WGVU spoke with Smith about how the GOP is appealing to young voters.

Grand Valley State Sports Report

Sep 19, 2016

Jayma martin and Gabby Guibord have made huge contributions to Grand Valley State University's women's soccer dynasty. The seniors are part of a talented class that is going for its fourth straight NCAA Division II title.  

Watch the Grand Valley State Sports Report every Monday at 6 PM on WGVU-HD and Friday at 7;30 PM on WGVU-Life.