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 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is hosting its Community Day of Remembrance with exhibits form the 9/11 memorial on display throughout the weekend. Outside, the Boy Scouts pay their respects to all who died in the terror attacks.

“Second line…attention!”

“I’m calling out the commands”

“Right-hand…salute!”

“Making sure that there will always be someone saluting the flag.”

“First line, too.”

Jenison’s Christopher Beauchene serves in the President Ford Council of Boy Scouts of America.

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As summer draws to a close, West Michigan’s August economic growth has slowed from July. WGVU breaks down the Supply Management Research August survey.

Just a few short weeks ago, there was a stock market sell-off the result of a slowing Chinese economy.

“We’re going to almost have to watch this China situation on a day-by-day basis because for the first time in history another country could draw us into a recession.”

That’s Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

The Kent County Health Department and Grand Rapids Police Department are investigating at least one illegal operation and there may be more posing a growing public health risk

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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 Labor Day travelers caught a break at the pump. It was only a few weeks ago when prices nearly topped $3 a gallon when half of the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana went off line sending prices skyrocketing across Great Lakes states. The Michigan Attorney General sent out a letter warning BP it wouldn’t be tolerated. While there was a sharp increase, Gas-Buddy-Dot-com’s senior petroleum analyst says we should have paid more than we did back in August and he wonders why the full amount wasn’t passed along to consumers.

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    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.

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  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.

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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.

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

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  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.

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