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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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Columbus City Council last night hosted a public forum on legislation that would lower the penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana and related paraphernalia. 

More visitors are coming to Columbus and choosing to stay longer, according to the latest tourism data.

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The Columbus Division of Fire is encouraging residents to check their smoke and fire alarms due to a product recall.

AAA expects a record number of Ohioans to travel at least 50 miles from home during the Independence Day holiday period, beginning July 3rd through Sunday. The state's anticipated road travel volume of 2.1 million marks an increase of 4.7 percent from last year. AAA Ohio Auto Club spokesperson Kimberly Schwind tied the increase to the economy. 

The Columbus Division of Police has launched a new mobile app to increase community engagement and safety. Application Users can file police reports, submit tips anonymously, and access other police information all in one place.

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Central Ohio officials say the private sector has committed $100 million toward the region’s affordable housing needs.

Janiva Magness

Janiva Magness has earned several accolades over her career. The singer and songwriter has won seven Blues Music Awards and the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. 

The Center for Injury Research and Policy

A new study out of Columbus finds that common hygiene products send a young child to the emergency room every two hours. 

Franklin County commissioners have announced a new collaboration to address poverty. 

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Cincinnati-based Kroger has pulled from its shelves the Private Selection brand of triple berry medley and blackberries due to hepatitis A concerns.  

Kelly Vaughn is one of the many artists performing at this weekend’s Columbus Arts Festival.

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Columbus has a specialized vehicle to treat stroke patients wherever the incident takes place. The Mobile Stroke

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Columbus firefighters will be teaching hands-only CPR this Friday in the Arena district.

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About 60 men who say they were sexually abused by a former Ohio State University sports physician have issued some specific demands to the school.

Community leaders and homeless advocates today celebrated the expansion of a housing development for people experiencing homelessness, mental health conditions, and addiction. 

The Memorial Tournament

Memorial Tournament officials have announced a few more early commitments to a field that already includes the game’s top ranked golfer. 

Katherine Paul

Multi-instrumentalist Katherine Paul - also known as Black Belt Eagle Scout - brings her talents to Columbus tomorrow night. Paul grew up in a small Indian reservation and says she doesn't play music to write songs, she plays music to process feelings.  

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Grove City's Little League baseball season began this past weekend. Saturday also marked another opening day for the city's league that's dedicated to children with special needs.

Music Journeys: Sasami

May 3, 2019
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Multi-instrumentalist Sasami brings her talents to Columbus this weekend for a show at the Rumba Café. In this edition of Music Journeys, Sasami talks about her self-titled debut and how her background shaped her sound. Hear more in the full podcast at the bottom of the page.

The 23rd annual Central Ohio Folk Festival takes place this weekend at Highbanks Metro Park in Delaware County. A large 1960’s style sing-along celebrating the songs of Pete Seeger will kick off the event. 

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Columbus City Schools are working with Children's Hospital to provide mental health counselors on school campuses for students who have permission from their parents. 

Jay DeMarcus

As a member of Rascal Flatts, Jay DeMarcus has lived some incredible experiences. But the road to forming one of America's most successful and beloved country music bands wasn't always smooth. The Columbus native chronicles his mistakes, childhood memories, and what he considers his greatest blessing in a new book titled Shotgun Angels.    

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The band Rascal Flatts has several hit songs, but this one resonates the most with Jay DeMarcus. 

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Ohio State University's Harding Hospital has expanded its facility to provide more access to mental and behavioral health services. 

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The Memorial Tournament Wednesday hosted its ninth annual Legends Luncheon to support advances in pediatric care and research at Nationwide Children's Hospital. 

Five more Franklin County municipalities are rolling out curbside recycling carts through a partnership with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and the City of Columbus are seeking proposals for a regional housing strategy as part of an overall plan to address the region's affordable housing shortage. 

NPR

The 5th edition of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest wraps up this weekend. Entries must be submitted by Sunday night at 11:59 with a winner announced in mid-May.

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Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther along with city officials, labor leaders, and Linden stakeholders have signed a Community Benefits Agreement for construction of a new recreation center and park. 

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Columbus' first medical marijuana dispensary opens Tuesday on Grandview Avenue. 

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The city of Columbus today filed a lawsuit against the state of Ohio to halt legislation enacted last year because it limits the ability municipalities have to enact local gun ordinances. 

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