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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.

Grand Valley State University is joining a growing number of college campuses offering students a campus safety app.

Todd Miller is Vice President of Safety with Rave Mobile Safety. It’s created an app called Rave Guardian that students can download on their mobile device complete with panic button.

Over the next five years, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine will receive a near $5.7 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. It’s focus is on what are the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease? Michigan State University researchers are focusing on Latino and Hispanic populations, both with a higher rate of the disease than other groups, looking for clues in individuals in their 50’s and 60’s. Hector M. González is the principal investigator behind the Study of Latinos – Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging. 

Mark Sanchez discusses Mylan's hostile takeover bid for Allegan-based Perrigo. Also, business and labor clash over the state's prevailing wage law and corporate income taxes.

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  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment after officially releasing its proposal to clean up Kalamazoo's Allied Paper Superfund site.

The EPA’s proposal is similar to a compromise plan developed with Kalamazoo city officials that was presented earlier this year. A 60-day comment period starts Sept. 30. A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at Washington Writers' Academy in Kalamazoo.

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A multi-million dollar project is underway at Holland’s West Michigan Regional Airport.

In Holland, they broke ground on a $6.6 million dollar airport project. The West Michigan Regional Airport is constructing a new aircraft apron and a $2 million Airport Business Center.

“We’re going to do some things inside the building to make it very welcoming.”

That’s Greg Robinson, Airport Authority Manager.

“So that they know they’re in the Holland-Zeeland, West Michigan area. And I think it is just going to be a great spot as they enter into our community.”

What are the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease? Michigan State University researchers are focusing on Latino and Hispanic populations, both with a higher rate of the disease than other groups, looking for clues in individuals in their 50’s and 60’s. The hope is to discover a way to prevent or slow the onset of the disease.

“I’m really optimistic and hopeful that we will find clues and cues for mitigating, preventing Alzheimer’s disease. I think we have a good chance and I want to do it.”

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The hostile takeover bid of Allegan-based Perrigo by a major pharmaceutical company was rejected Thursday.

Perrigo’s Board of Directors unanimously rejected Mylan’s unsolicited offer to acquire the company. The board recommends shareholders do the same. A letter from Chairman and CEO Joe Papa reads, “I strongly urge you to protect your investment in Perrigo and NOT tender your shares into Mylan's inadequate offer.”

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Grand Valley State University is joining a growing number of college campuses offering students a campus safety app.

Take a stroll across most university campuses and you’ll more than likely come across a blue light call box. That’s where a student in distress could press a button alerting campus security while the blue light flashed.

“But there are some issues with them. They can’t be with you at all times.”

Dr. George C. Fraser, FraserNet Inc.
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African-American consumers spend $1.1 trillion dollars each year. As a consumer group, if it were a nation, would rank as the 16th wealthiest nation in the world. During a visit to the Grand Rapids Black Chamber of Commerce, author and speaker, Dr. George C. Fraser, specializing in minority networking and wealth building explained when it comes to production, African-Americans have some catching up to do…and it can be done.  

“You cannot consume yourself into equality and you cannot consume yourself into power.”

For 28-years, Dr. George C. Fraser has been on a mission.

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Thursday from 2:00 to 6:00 - Clifford - SuperWhy! - Word Girl - Buddy the Dinosaur, and The Cat in the Hat will host an afternoon of activities during the PBS Kids Celebration at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Visiting West Michigan this week is PBS’s Vice President of Education who tells WGVU about PBS’s continuing commitment to developing educational programming.

“I believe PBS has really set the standard for what true educational television really is.”

Alicia Levi is PBS Vice President of Education.

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