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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 & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland this week announced that the live, in-person induction ceremony has been called off due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Fort Hayes-based Paragon Project releases new music Friday, hosting a virtual listening experience. Friday night's virtual release takes place at 7 on the group's social media channels and YouTube. 

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Muirfield Village will look the same, minus the grandstands and thousands of spectators spread across the course Jack Nicklaus built in Dublin. The challenge for the PGA Tour is to make it feel different to the players the next two weeks. For the first time in 63 years, two PGA Tour events are being held on the same golf course in consecutive weeks. First up is the Workday Charity Open, which begins Thursday. Then it's onto the Memorial next week.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library is closing indoor services at its branches because COVID-19 cases are increasing in Franklin County.

Columbus Crew SC

A Columbus Crew SC player has tested positive for COVID-19 while preparing for the "MLS is Back Tournament" in Florida.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther plans to sign an executive order this afternoon requiring the wearing of facial coverings in public to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order will take effect tomorrow and covers employees and customers in retail establishments, restaurants, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors, day care facilities and day camps, and public transit. 

About a month ago, the city established an email for residents to report complaints about the police response to recent protests. Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today announced that at least 56 incidents will face further investigation. 

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Columbus City Council held a hearing last night on demilitarizing police. 

A Franklin County pilot program will work across local government agencies to help boys and young men of color better access family services. 

Columbus officials today announced the members of the police chief's advisory panel and set new limits on the use of spray agents to disperse crowds.  

Columbus City Council on Monday is expected to consider legislation allocating more than 17 million dollars to human services programs and organizations. 

One of the many images that resonated from several days of downtown Columbus protests and demonstrations against police brutality and racism was Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, and Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin being pepper sprayed by officers.

Columbus Crew SC

Columbus Crew SC today announced the groundbreaking of its future training facility.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio joined housing advocates this week to discuss legislation he’s co-sponsored to prevent evictions.

Columbus City Attorney's Office

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein today released 8 recommendations to reform the culture of justice in the city.

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Police brutality protestors were joined in Columbus last night by Mayor Andy Ginther and Police Chief Thomas Quinlan on the sixth consecutive day of demonstrations.  

At a joint press conference this morning, Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther and Police Chief Tom Quinlan pledged to keep the public informed on clear, tangible actions the city will take regarding policing. 

The City of Columbus has established an email to report instances of excessive force by police that took place over the weekend at protests downtown.

dublinirishfestival.org

The largest celebration of Irish-American culture in the United States is being postponed until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Columbus Division of Fire

Columbus Division of Fire Assistant Chief Jeffrey Happ has been appointed Interim Chief.  

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Former Columbus tv weatherman Mike Davis has been sentenced to four to six years in prison on child pornography charges. 

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Officials say a protest against police brutality held last night in downtown Columbus turned violent just before midnight.  

Columbus Division of Police

The Columbus Division of Police hopes a new podcast will help solve a decades-old crime. The division this week launched 'The 5th Floor' series, which explains the abduction and killing of 8-year-old Kelly Ann Prosser in the fall of 1982.  

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations are open, but with long lines. Customers reported waiting yesterday for up to three hours at several BMVs across central Ohio. 

The state's high school athletes are allowed to return to in-person training beginning today.  The Ohio High School Athletic Association says skills training and conditioning for all sports, including contact sports, may resume under proper COVID-19 safety restrictions. 

Butler County health officials are tracing contacts of several Miami University students after a COVID-19 surge.  

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Columbus officials say the city has received 157 million dollar in federal funding through the CARES Act to help residents recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Gyms Sue ODH To Reopen

May 12, 2020

Thirty five independent gyms across the state have joined together in filing a lawsuit against the Ohio Health Department asking for the reopening of fitness centers. 

One of the largest fireworks displays in the Midwest will not take place this year due to coronavirus concerns. 

More than 20 airports across the country, including John Glenn Columbus International, will come together tonight for an online celebration of local music. 

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