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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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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer and songwriter Bill Withers has died. His family says the 81-year-old passed away from heart complications. 

Ohioans will have to practice social distancing through the month of April.

State officials say there are more than 2,500 coronavirus cases in Ohio with 679 hospitalizations and 65 fatalities.

The City of Columbus and the Community Shelter Board today announced the opening a new shelter for homeless men and women who test positive for COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with symptoms and need to be quarantined.

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Dublin City Schools have donated N95-masks to OhioHealth. 

Governor Mike DeWine today confirmed Ohio schools will remain closed until May 1 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has canceled all winter sports tournaments. The start of the spring sports season remains indefinitely postponed, according to OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass.

In an attempt to bring some enjoyment to people stuck at home, musicians around the nation and central Ohio are hosting their own intimate performances for fans.

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Mar 23, 2020

Ohio authorities issued an Amber Alert early this morning for a 1-year-old from Perry County. Authorities later in the morning said the child had been fond safe. But police are still looking for 29-year-old Storm Zeitler. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted OhioHealth to implement a no visitor policy at all of its hospitals and care centers. The policy took effect this morning. 

High school sports came to a halt with the statewide closure of schools. At a press conference today, Ohio High School Athletic Association Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass acknowledged the possibility of canceling winter sports tournaments, but the indefinite postponement remains in place for now.

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The Columbus Board of Health today declared a local public health emergency giving the city extra safety measures to respond to COVID-19 cases. The declaration allows for the quarantine and isolation of individuals with the virus and as a last resort law enforcement involvement for any instances of non-compliance. 

The City of Columbus today launched a new public safety effort to not just reduce traffic fatalities but to completely eliminate them.

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Allen Stone brings his new tour to Columbus Tuesday with a show at Newport Music Hall. Stone, who's known for his soulful sound, turns 33 soon and recently started a family. In this edition of Music Journeys, Stone explains how marriage and reconnecting with himself inspired his latest release, what music means to him and how that's changed over the years, and more. Thanks for listening.  

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Cardiologists in Columbus are the first in the nation to test new technology for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation. Doctors say it's a safer and more effective alternative. 

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A national group focused on helping independent record labels launched a new program for musicians this week in Columbus.

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A detainee in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a Youngstown prison has died.

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Otterbein has been selected among a small group of universities to be a central point in starting conversations about racial healing and social justice.

Ohio Department of Health officials are reporting a 36 percent increase in flu hospitalizations. 

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Greg Harris has served as president and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum since 2013, but his love of music and museums began well before that. On this edition of Music Journeys, Harris shares his personal path to Cleveland, steps that included running a record store and working at the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

The group that's been reviewing Columbus Division of Police recruitment, training, policies, and procedures has released its recommendations, including a call for an independent civilian review board. 

The Community Shelter Board conducted Columbus and Franklin County's annual point-in-time count of the region's homeless population.

The Columbus Division of Fire rolls out new gear this month to better protect firefighters and reduce their exposure to harmful contaminants. 

The housing market had an active and strong 2019 in Ohio and the Columbus region.

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Two Columbus performers are joining forces for a concert celebrating the Civil Rights Movement.

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Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorius B.I.G., and T Rex make up the Rock Hall's 35th class. For Rock & Roll Hall of Fame president and CEO Greg Harris, these inductees reflect the different genres of Rock & Roll. 

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Port Clinton police say the body of a teenager missing for more than three weeks was found Tuesday in the chimney of a vacant home in his neighborhood.

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials were in Columbus Wednesday for a trio of announcements regarding the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. 

Franklin County officials today released preliminary overdose death statistics for the first nine months of 2019. 

Columbus-based band The Molars host a record release show Saturday January 4 in Clintonville.

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