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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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City of Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Police Department held a news conference Friday updating the community on department reforms along with discussions about defunding its budget.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne says he’s talking with community members, receiving feedback and hearing their concerns. Over the next 60 days there will be revisions made to Use of Force practices like making it policy that chokeholds are off-limits unless it’s a deadly force encounter. De escalation will also be highlighted.

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Over the past six years The City of Grand Rapids has repaired and resurfaced 427 miles of city streets. Year seven begins in July.

Beginning next month, the City of Grand Rapids will begin improving another 30 miles of streets through June 2021 with the approval of the Grand Rapids City Commission.

It’s a $10.5 million investment the city says impacts 59 locations in all three wards. There are dozens of resurfacing, road repair and Public Works Department paving projects.

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City of Grand Rapids

The City of Grand Rapids is launching a summer youth work program providing access and exposure to employment opportunities. The City of Grand Rapids is rolling out what it considers an innovative jobs program for city teens. Consider it a collaborative public-private paid internship exposing area youths to job opportunities, new skills and making critical professional connections.

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The implementation of stay-home orders back in March closing museum doors has financially impacted Grand Rapids’ U.I.C.A. The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art moved into its 2 Fulton West space in 2011 in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids. There, four floors of studios and a state-of-the-art movie theater presented contemporary art and design and new media.

In 2013 in merged with Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented in-person programming for a period of time that was financially unsustainable.

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A recent state-wide poll asks Michigan voters if they support voting by mail.

The survey by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA asked more than 600 registered Michigan voters – 40% of them by cell phone – if they support the ability to vote by mail.

In a news release, “It had strong support in every region of the state, every age group, income group, every levels of education, every religious group, racial group, and just about every other demographic group.”


Tuesday, June 16th @ 9:30 on WGVU Public Television - PBS FRONTLINE presents The Virus: What Went Wrong? It investigates why and how the U.S. was unprepared to battle COVID-19, despite repeated warnings of a potent contagion headed our way.

“In December patients are trickling into hospitals in Wuhan.”

“It was like a nuclear bomb.”

Narrator: “Why wasn’t the United States more prepared?”

“It really goes to the top in the White House and that’s what we show in the program that the response was just sluggish and not coordinated well.”

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Kent County

Kent County Board of Commissioners has formulated and passed its CARES Act Allocation Strategy for COVID-19 relief funding.

Kent County was awarded more than $114 million through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act in April. A subcommittee was formed meeting with community members determining how best to allocate the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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Grand Valley Metro Council

The 2045 Metropolitan Transportation plan focuses on Kent and eastern Ottawa County projects. It’s a 25-year plan, but it’s also fluid reviewed every four years.

“And it’s really exciting because it’s an opportunity to really meet the rapidly changing transportation needs of an economically growing region by collaborating with the public and various stakeholders.”

Andrea Faber is a Transportation Planner with Grand Valley Metro Council. She conducted a public survey with 10 questions answered by 867 respondents representing all zip codes.

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Kent County Health Department

The number of Kent County COVID-19 cases is trending in a positive direction. However, the county health director is warning we need to be careful and smart about our social behaviors.

There’s an increase of COVID-19 cases in 19 states. In a handful of those states where stay-orders were lifted, Kent County Health Department Director Dr. Adam London says are now reconsidering the decision.

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The City of Grand Rapids outlined changes and improvements for its police department. Within the next 60-days, City of Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne will create policies improving use-of-force protocols. Explicitly banning chokeholds.

“The department has never endorsed this as a practice.”

City Manager Mark Washington says it will be expressly prohibited in department policy.

De escalation of potentially violent interactions will also be a priority making sure officers communicate with subjects and keep proper distance minimizing use of force.