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Pacific Rim Uprising brings the monsters

Mar 23, 2018

Pacific Rim Uprising opens in theaters, bringing giant monsters and mechanical men to the big screen.  Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed Unsane also opens, along with the family sequel Sherlock Gnomes and the faith based Paul, Apostle of Christ.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema.

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Kent County and Amazon negotiating a distribution site and Spectrum Health is in a naming rights battle over its MedNow service.

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Earlier this month, Grand Valley State University's Van Andel Global Trade Center hosted its 19th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium.

Mike Wall, director of automotive analysis for IHS Markit, presented during the annual event. He spoke with WGVU about the future of autonomous vehicles and mobility along with NAFTA renegotiations and the potential impacts of steel and aluminum tariffs. But first, the automotive industry forecast.

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Roughly 29 percent of American households aged 55 and older have neither retirement savings or pension plan. For those who do, the savings averages $104,000. With Americans living longer the reality is the savings won't go far.

For perspective and advice we talk with Elizabeth White author of "Fifty-five, Unemployed and Faking Normal."

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President Donald Trump isn't budging on his international tariff stance so far despite remarkably public pleadings from House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies to back off his threat and avoid a possible trade war.

Trump says, "We're not backing down." But he's holding open the possibility of exempting longstanding friends Canada and Mexico if they agree to better terms for the U.S. in revising the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Red Sparrow opens Oscars weekend

Mar 2, 2018

Jennifer Lawrence stars in Red Sparrow, while Bruce Willis steps into Charles Bronson's shoes in a remake of Death Wish, and relationship drama Nostalgia with Jon Hamm and Catherine Keener also opens...WGVU talks those movies and Oscars with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema.

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From startup to mature company, MiBiz takes a look at the proposed sale of MPI Research to Charles River Laboratories and how acquisitions impact a community. Also, credit union consolidation and Mary Free Bed's research aims.

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Owners of West Michigan cideries and distilleries talk about growth and appeal. Hospital systems seeking savings are disrupting the health care sector with innovative ideas.

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The Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids are in the process of renovating and transforming its 35 acre Marywood Campus. Assisting in the planning are Mercy Health Saint Mary's and Trinity Senior Services Management.

WGVU spoke with Sister Maureen Geary, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids about the comprehensive plan.

Larry Nassar, the sports doctor who was convicted for molesting 190 girls and women earlier this month has been making headlines nationally. Katie Strang is the managing editor of The Athletic, a sports news publication in Michigan. Her coverage of the Nassar’s trial stood out in that it centered the stories of the women who spoke out and stood up to the doctor who abused so many. WGVU’s Mariano Avila talked to Katie Strang about her coverage.  A warning, accounts of abuse described here may be disturbing. 

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