Midday West Michigan

Hilary Farrell

About 700 refugees resettled in west Michigan this past fiscal year - a number that's stayed fairly consistent in recent years, with some expecting an increase coming into 2016.

Inside that number is a diverse group of individuals and families, from at least a dozen different countries and cultures. On this month's Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan, WGVU's Hilary Farrell speaks to a number of non-profit agencies providing initial resettlement as well as longer-term support.

Christian Howes releases American Spirit

Oct 19, 2015

Ohio native Christian Howes is one of the greatest living jazz violin players.  He has a new CD out American Spirit, exploring iconic songs from American culture through the years.  Here's a preview.


September was childhood cancer awareness month, a time for children and families fighting pediatric cancer to be honored.  WGVU's Jennifer Moss talked with Dr. James Fahner, Division Chief for pediatric hematology and oncology at Helen Devos Children's Hospital.  Dr. Fahner says it's important to draw attention to the strides being made in the fight against pediatric cancer.

MiBiz senior writer, Mark Sanchez, talks about the demand for skilled workers and how it's spurring the debate over the merits of drug testing. Also, West Michigan M&A activity is heating up and the state's tourism industry experienced an outstanding year.

Big Box Art

Sep 29, 2015

Imagine you’re walking through a big box store. You turn the corner… and in front of you is tower of perfectly stacked objects…randomly placed in the middle of the aisle. The tower is made up of different store products that are all the exact same color—say bubble gum pink. There are pink plastic crates and jewelry containers and Barbie boxes and helmets. The tower doesn’t make sense in the middle of the aisle…and yet it fits in almost perfectly.

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.

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.” 

A new website aimed at providing information to aging residents in Michigan was recently launched by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  WGVU’s Jennifer Moss spoke with the state’s Aging and Adult Services Agency Director, Kari Sederburg.  She says this website will serve as “one stop” shopping for services that will help older adults maintain their independence.