Patrick Center

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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The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan is warning businesses and the public of a utilities scam.

The scam begins with a phone call to a business or customer from someone claiming to be with Consumers Energy. The script is simple, there’s an overdue bill. If it’s not paid immediately, the power will be shut off. The payment should be made by either wire transfer or a prepaid card.

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Lake Michigan, it’s one of the planet’s largest freshwater bodies. And yet, the people who live within view of it - or farm Ottawa County’s fertile lands within a few miles of its shores - are in jeopardy of running out of drinkable groundwater.

"You look at where we are situated Ottawa County of 30-plus miles of shoreline next to Lake Michigan waters ubiquitous here we have a water problem we thought it was isolated until we started to get the results back from the study."

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It's Christmas Eve. We ring in the holiday with the Mona Shores High School Choir and Orchestra's celebration of the 35th season of America's Tallest Singing Christmas Tree ffrom the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon.  

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The Gerald R. Ford International Airport has completed its $30 million terminal apron reconstruction project.

After two years of construction, airport officials celebrated its conclusion. A ribbon cutting on the new and expanded apron improves the space where aircraft park, load, unload, fuel and de-ice.

“It’s a huge investment and we are very proud of the work that has occurred so we are poised and set for the future.”

Tory Richardson is President and CEO of Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

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Leading up to today’s U.S. House vote on articles of impeachment, rallies were held across the country and the state of Michigan Tuesday evening.

“When I say impeach, you say Trump!”

Roughly 500 protesters gathered for the Nobody is Above the Law: Impeach and Remove Rally at Grand Rapids’ Veterans Park.

We asked how rallies or protests change the trajectory of the impeachment process and where it’s heading?

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Employees and members of Fit Body Boot Camps raised money for its annual event, The Big Give. They gathered inside the Knapp Corner Meijer in Grand Rapids purchasing gifts and necessities benefiting children and families in need living in 10 area school districts.

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Michigan lawmakers exploring toll roads as a solution to road and bridge funding. Also, a local study takes a closer look at wage growth in West Michigan.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University

The November Institute for Supply Management Research survey has been released. While confidence in the local economy flipped from negative to positive, there are signs the economy is turning soft.

“Business confidence was in the dumper last month.”

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

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State lawmakers plan to finish up their work in Lansing this week.

The state House is expected to vote on bills to restore funding for some of the items vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in late September. Whitmer vetoed nearly a billion dollars' worth of the items in the budget sent to her by the Republican majority in the state Legislature. She said she had to because she was shut out of the budget negotiations.

Mona Shores H.S. choir "Americas Tallest Singing Christmas Tree" photo
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America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree is celebrating its 35th season performing to sellout crowds at Muskegon’s Frauenthal Theater this weekend.

“It’s five stories tall, 67 feet, it’s decorated just like your home tree with tinsel and angels and all of that and 25,000 led lights.”

Shawn Lawton is Director of Choirs at Mona Shores High School.