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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Two health care companies with deep West Michigan roots are teaming up. Allegan-based Perrigo is acquiring Grand Rapids-based oral self-care product maker Ranir in a deal valued at $750 million.

Ranir makes private label tooth brushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash. Perrigo manufactures self-care products and generic pharmaceuticals.

“With the rising cost of health care it’s really important to provide consumers with products that will allow them to take better care of themselves.”

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The results of a state study into the discovery of PFAS in an Ottawa County school’s drinking water supply have been released.

In October, well water tests revealed elevated levels of PFAS in the drinking water at Robinson Elementary School in Grand Haven. Exceeding the EPA Advisory Level of 70 parts per trillion, the water was shut off and bottled water was supplied to students and staff.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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The April Supply Management Research survey indicates the West Michigan economy continues its decades-long slow growth pattern. However, there’s data suggesting  the West Michigan economy could cool in the months ahead.

It began in March when the 70 area purchasing managers surveyed by the Institute for Supply Management Research indicated their optimism in the economy is beginning to wane. Fast forward to April and they’re signaling business is slowing.

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Tuesday, May 7th @ 10:00 on WGVU Public Television - PBS FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the history of U.S.-China trade relations and the current case for the Trump administration’s tariffs imposed on Chinese made products in the documentary Trump’s Trade War. WGVU talks with NPR correspondent,  Laura Sullivan, who visited China for an inside look at the trade divide. 

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Tuesday, May 7th @ 10:00 on WGVU Public Television - PBS FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the history of U.S.-China trade relations and the current case for the Trump administration’s tariffs imposed on Chinese made products in the documentary Trump’s Trade War.

WGVU talks with NPR’s correspondent who visited China for an inside look at the trade divide.

“President Trump has been about tariffs and the trade deficit and China for at least the past two decades.”

Laura Sullivan is correspondent for FRONTLINE and NPR’s film Trump’s Trade War.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Tim Ryan visited West Michigan this weekend as keynote speaker for the Kent County Democratic Party annual Spring Gala. WGVU spoke with the U.S. Congressman from Ohio ahead of the event about his platform heading into the 2020 race.

U.S. Representative Tim Ryan says if he’s elected president he’d unite the country and focus on what he calls the new economy.

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The state says people should avoid contact with toxic foam from chemicals that may be found floating on some lakes, rivers and streams. Michigan Health and Human Services officials say anyone who touches foam from perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances -- PFAS -- should wash it off. The concern is inadvertently transferring the chemicals into a person's mouth while eating.

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Competition is slowing local craft brewing industry growth. We also discuss diversity making gains within Michigan's venture capital industry and how the state's infrastructure issues are a drag on small businesses and entrepreneurs.  

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Grand Valley State University President Thomas J. Haas is retiring after 13-years leading the institution. Thursday evening he shared his leadership philosophies with the graduating class from the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. Before the event, President Haas spoke with WGVU.

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“No Collusion” has been President Donald Trump’s mantra since the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential election was launched. Is that the case? While the redacted version of the Mueller Report exonerates the president of conspiring with Russians, one local Constitutional attorney explains why the report does not absolve his campaign of collusion.

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