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 West Michigan recession recovery is beginning to look like a W-shaped recovery as it entered October. West and Southwest Michigan purchasing managers responding to the October Supply Management Research survey provided a mixed outlook.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University says local capital equipment and office furniture manufacturers are struggling while auto parts suppliers are doing well.

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Kent County is experiencing a dramatic acceleration of new COVID-19 cases. Over the past week, there’s been an average daily increase of 383 new cases. One month-ago it was about 40 to 50.

The surge is concerning to health officials who warn the case spike could trigger another shutdown if behaviors don’t change.

In Kent County, less than a month ago, the COVID-19 test positivity rate was under 2%. Today, the positivity rate is 10.9%. The average number of weekly deaths from the virus are also climbing from just a couple to near 10.

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After all the votes were counted, Kent County voted for Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden. A Michigan judge has dismissed a Trump campaign complaint that campaign observers were denied access to the count process. WGVU spoke with City of Grand Rapids Clerk about the absentee ballot counting process.

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WGVU is keeping an eye on seven Michigan House of Representative races in Kent County.

In the 72nd District Grand Rapids Democrat Lily Cheng-Schulting holds a slight edge over Republican Steven Johnson of Wayland.

In the 73rd District, Greenville Republican Bryan Posthumus is leading Democrat Bill Saxton and U.S. Taxpayer party candidate Ted Gerrard.

Moving to the 74th House District, Mark Huizenga is ahead of Democrat Megan Hintz.

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The outcome of a tight Presidential election race in Michigan is now hinging on absentee ballots being counted in urban cores that traditionally skew for democrats.

In Kent County, roughly 360,000 residents cast ballots for a voter turnout over 72%.

“So, we have received from all of our jurisdictions full reporting which includes the Election Day results and it includes the absentee ballot results with the exception of the City of Grand Rapids absentee ballots. We still are waiting on those.”

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The race to fill the U.S. House seat in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District is favoring Republican Peter Meijer.

Meijer holds double-digit leads over Democratic challenger Hillary Scholten in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District representing portions of Barry, Kent, Calhoun, Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Still, Meijer explained, “It’s critical that we wait until the votes are counted. So, we have no declaration yet, but we are so proud of the outpouring of support that we’ve received from the community so far.”

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As voters head to the polls, Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons tells WGVU the polling locations are following public health safety protocols and is reminding everyone that absentee ballots must be returned to the local city or township where they’re registered to vote.

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WGVU’s Decision 2020 candidate profiles continue with the U.S. House of Representatives race in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. Democrat Hillary Scholten and Republican Peter Meijer are the only candidates in the race filling the seat held by Independent, Justin Amash.

Grand Rapids' Democrat Hillary Scholten is a wife and mother of two sons and a Civil Rights lawyer. She tells me this was the time to take action after speaking with people who can’t afford their medications, are concerned about water quality and, in general, struggling to make ends meet.

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WGVU’s Decision 2020 profiles the candidates running for U.S. Representative in Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District. With cases of COVID-19 spiking, WGVU asks how they’d handle the pandemic?

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The COVID-19 trial treatment that President Donald Trump received as a “compassionate use” request from his doctors continues to be evaluated. The clinical trial of REGN-COV2, an antibody cocktail Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is evaluating as a treatment and prevention of COVID-19, is now available at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. The hospital is one of two Michigan health systems enrolling admitted patients.

For participants, this is a randomized, double-blind trial. That means the patient and the doctor don’t know who’s receiving treatment or a placebo.