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.

    There’s concern today that illegal tattoo artists are posing a growing public health risk in Kent County. The Health Department and Grand Rapids Police Department are investigating at least one illegal operation. WGVU’s Patrick Center tells us about the danger.

“You may think you’re getting a deal on a tattoo and end up really messed up.”

Steve Kelso at the Kent County Health Department warns us about the proliferation of unlicensed body artists, in the tattoo industry known as “scratchers.”

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MiBiz senior writer, Mark Sanchez, discusses Mylan N.V.s shareholder approved hostile takeover attempt of Allegan-based, Perrigo Company. Also, the latest on Family Christian Stores post bankruptcy.

Watch Muskegon

  The Watch Muskegon image campaign is in its infancy. It was launched in May with the goal to improve Muskegon’s image. The focus is on positive change that if successful will attract new residents, business, capital investment and tourism. For the folks behind the Watch Muskegon campaign, tourism is a leading indicator for success.

“Living on the lakeshore is a unique experience in and of itself.”

Overlooking a Muskegon Lake marina, local business leaders meet for a bite to eat at Dockers Waterfront Grille and discuss the new Watch Muskegon image campaign.

Grand Rapids Community College has broken ground on a $7.2 million Laboratory Preschool.

Grand Rapids Community College has been educating child development educators at its Laboratory Preschool located in the basement of Grand Rapids First United Methodist Church since 1974.

The creator of the program, Phyllis Fratzke, will have her name installed on the side of the new state-of-the-art Laboratory Preschool.

An active, hand-on learning facility, it will also serve children ages 6 weeks to 6 years of age.

    How the merger of Camp Fire West Michigan and Kent Regional 4C will improve services.

  The 3rd Annual Michigan Rail Conference was held in Grand Rapids this week. From freight to passenger rail service, the discussion focused on infrastructure funding and regional partnerships improving service. Vital components for growing Michigan’s passenger rail initiatives. WGVU’s Patrick Center has the story.

Increased federal transportation funding is paying dividends along the Michigan rail corridor from Detroit to Chicago. Within the next two years, 82-percent of that passenger line will have sustained speeds of 110 miles per hour. But that’s only 82 percent.

Officials say a fruit processing and cold storage facility could bring up to 200 jobs to southwestern Michigan. The Michigan Blueberry Growers Association in 2012 bought 42 acres in South Haven. The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports the group, now called MBG Marketing, recently secured a utility incentive agreement worth up to $150,000. The newspaper say MBG Mark  eting plans to sell part of the property and MBG, which does business as Naturipe, would have a processing facility. No formal plans have yet been submitted to the city.

MiBiz Senior Writer, Mark Sanchez, discusses how Michigan big-box retailers are using a property tax loophole to cut their tax bills. We'll also talk about lawmakers plans to pay for road funding and health care networks partnering to improve best practices.

In the aftermath of the 2013 floods Kent County communities along the Grand River are now in line to receive millions in federal funding for flood control and improving economic activity if the region wins a competition for those dollars. 

Michigan legislative leaders report having a productive meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder on road funding but no deal.  Lawmakers are working on a $1.2 billion plan that could include a boost in fuel taxes and vehicles fees along with shifting money from other spending priorities. There's some optimism a plan can be approved this week.