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.

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.

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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.

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Gerald R. Ford International Airport

The Thanksgiving holiday week is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. As Michiganders were making their getaway plans, it was announced the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will millions of dollars for improvements.

There are more than 3,300 airports operating across the United States. Back in September, The U.S. Department of Transportation announced it was releasing the sixth allotment of its $3.18 billion from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program. In all, $157 million dedicated as infrastructure grants distributed to 34 airports.

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The financial impacts of Lake Michigan erosion. A national study investigates physician burnout and how one health insurer is addressing the opioid crisis.

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Enhanced 9-1-1 service is now available to Allegan County residents.

When an emergency is reported to a 9-1-1 call center using a cellphone, it doesn’t assign an address for dispatchers. Registering a phone and a Safety Profile with Smart911 can increase response time.

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The Grand River Waterway Project designed to restore navigability from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven has been put on hold.

In 2017, the state of Michigan conducted a survey of the Grand River concluding 22.5 of the 40 mile stretch from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven could be buoyed for motor boat traffic. While nearly 16 miles of the proposed 22.5-mile project will remain natural, there are portions where dredging a 50-foot wide, 7-foot deep waterway are necessary at an estimated cost of just over $2 million.

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The Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse served as the backdrop for the investiture ceremony. More than 200 faculty and staff members joined students for the inauguration of Dr. Philomena V. Mantella. Presidents Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers, Mark Murray and Thomas J. Haas offered remarks.

Dr. Mantella is the university’s fifth president and first woman to serve as its leader in its 60-year history. In her 20-plus minute address, Mantella made clear her vision for the future.

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The site of the former Studio 28 in Wyoming will soon be transformed into more than 200 apartments.

The Studio 28 movie theater located on Wyoming’s 28th Street has been dormant since 2008. Soon, the 7-acre site will be transformed with the construction of six buildings including 97one-bedroom and 129 two-bedroom apartments.


On Tuesday, November 12th, WGVU Public Television presents FRONTLINE's Kids Caught in the Crackdown: exposing the traumatic stories of migrant children detained under Trump’s immigration policies. An investigation from directors Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cedil in collaboration with The Associated Press, Kids Caught in the Crackdown delves into the widespread consequences – and business – of the mass confinement of migrant children. WGVU talk with director Daffodil Altan.