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Mike Foley

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Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. He earned two degrees from the University of Florida, one in Broadcasting and the other in Print Journalism. Growing up and spending the better part of his life in the Sunshine State, Mike continues to adjust to Ohio’s winters. Repeated attempts to structure a contract that would allow him to stay home on days when the temperature falls below 60 have failed. He sometimes becomes grumpy in cold weather, while fellow news colleague Alison remains rather cheerful. But Foley finds strength in the lyrics of Eddie Vedder - “no matter how cold the winter, there’s a springtime ahead.”

Mike loves to golf and listen to music, but his greatest joy comes in spending time with his wife, son, two daughters and their dog. Of course he follows the Gators. His wife - a proud Buckeye grad - keeps him in line. Foley also roots for the Denver Broncos - which works out well with his orange and blue wardrobe. He's questioning that loyalty after Denver dealt Tim Tebow. But he still brings up “The Drive” to news guru and Browns backer Jim, who typically responds in disgust. Besides weather and sports, the news team gets along just fine.

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City of Columbus

The City of Columbus is making utility assistance grants available for residents.

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An Ohio State University Medical Center survey shows the majority of Americans plan to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines during the holidays.

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Canadian singer-songwriter Sam Roberts has remained busy during the pandemic. His group, Sam Roberts Band, released new music last month.

A day after the governor announced a statewide curfew to slow COVID-19 cases, Columbus and Franklin County officials issued a Stay at Home advisory that will take effect Friday.

Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced a three-week curfew running from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases stay at near-record high levels.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today released his proposed 2021 General Fund budget, a $964 million plan that maintains basic services and the city's Rainy Day Fund while also avoiding layoffs and furloughs.

Columbus and Dayton officials today filed a lawsuit seeking a court order against Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation to fix gaps in the state’s criminal background check process. 

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today announced his 2020 Capital Improvements Budget proposal.

Rahill Jamalifard

Rahill Jamalifard and her band Habibi were scheduled to perform in Columbus as part of the Melted Music Festival in March. COVID-19 led to the festival's cancellation and eventually all of the band's scheduled performances. 

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Baron Wolman, the photographer whose music images captured the immediacy of rock culture and told a story in each shot, died Monday at the age of 83 following a battle with ALS. Born in Columbus in 1937, Wolman became interested in photography while serving in the Army as a counter-intelligence officer in Berlin. 

OSU Medical Center

Researchers in Columbus and Ann Arbor, Michigan say a cell discovery shows potential for unprecedented recovery from many brain and spine diseases and injuries.

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Columbus city and health officials today urged residents to recommit to the safety protocols recommended to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

The Columbus Division of Fire will host a community safety day tomorrow at its training academy. Officials will be accepting unused or expired prescription medication as part of the national Drug Take Back Day. 

Columbus police say a shooting Friday morning at a fast food restaurant on West Broad Street has left the manager dead and an employee wounded.

Virtual learning materials have taken on added importance during the pandemic, including an educational platform offered by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. 

What started as small acting sessions among Columbus friends in the absence of theatre during the COVID-19 pandemic has quickly expanded to almost 100 actors from multiple states.

Willie Phoenix and Jabar Cole

Willie Phoenix came to Columbus in the mid-1970's and hasn't stopped recording and performing. The 68-year-old released new music this year, and the city recently honored him with a street dedication ceremony. 

Schafer Family

Two teenagers have been sentenced to three years in juvenile detention for their role in the death of a photographer at Hocking Hills State Park. 

Willie Phoenix

The City of Columbus honors long-time musician Willie Phoenix today with a street dedication.

Columbus Division of Fire

Columbus authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying who set a small dog on fire at an east side park. 

The Central Ohio Afro Fest takes place Sunday featuring a day of culture, entertainment, and food. It will be held from noon to 6 pm at the Phenix Banquet Center on Noe Bixby Road. 

The state of Ohio updated its travel advisory of locations with a COVID-19 positivity rate of 15-percent or higher. 

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Columbus City Council this week approved a measure expanding ShotSpotter by three square miles on the Near East Side. 

Ohio Task Force One

Ohio Task Force One is being activated to assist in Hurricane support operations as Delta approaches the Gulf Coast. 

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will move out of its longtime home in Hilliard to a new facility near Indianapolis. 

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The Franklin County Board of Elections says a large number of voters were sent the wrong absentee ballots in the mail. Officials say a significant amount of voters received ballots meant for someone else, and they are working on re-sending the correct ballots to those addresses. They blame the mistake on a malfunction with a high-speed scanner used to proof ballots. 

Columbus Police

Columbus Police are looking for a man who stole three bulldog puppies from the Petland store on Bethel Road Sunday night. 

Columbus City Council has repealed the city's 10 pm curfew on bars and restaurants. The action last night ends the order enacted in July. 

Today marks the deadline for Ohioans to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election, which includes a high-profile contest between Republican President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee.

Gahanna Jefferson Education Association

The Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association says its members have voted to authorize a 10-day strike notice. 

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