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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 Broadcasting and Journalism degrees from the University of Florida.

Growing up 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. But Foley finds strength in the lyrics of Eddie Vedder - “no matter how cold the winter, there’s a springtime ahead.”

Foley works on variety of news and feature stories and also assists in developing WCBE's Podcast Experience. Hosting and producing the Music Journeys podcast remains his greatest professional passion. 

Mike loves spending time with his family. He's been married to an Ohio State grad since 1996, proving that Gators and Buckeyes can get along. They have a son in college, a daughter in high school, and a daughter in middle school. The Foleys are animal lovers too and currently have two dogs. 

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Columbus City Council tonight is expected to pass three ordinances to provide options and protections for tenants seeking affordable housing. The Housing for All legislation mandates that owners provide tenants with rental receipts, provides more flexibility for renters regarding security deposits, and protects potential residents from being turned away based on their source of income. 

Bob Barry

Bill Champlin joins Music Journeys to talk about his new solo album Livin' For Love. Champlin shares how the songs came together and the deeply personal places they originate from. He'll also reflect on his time with Chicago, his incredibly talented son Will, his favorite musical moment involving B.B. King, and more. Stick around for some groovy selections and an emotional story in his Fast Five. Thanks for listening.  

Columbus’ ambitious transportation strategy, which includes a goal to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on city streets, has started to take shape.

Columbus officials announced the framework of Vision Zero in March of last year. Although COVID-19 altered the timeline, the commitment to pursue that goal with a holistic, data-driven approach remains. 

The city found that almost 40 percent of all traffic deaths in Columbus occur in areas with populations that have a higher density of seven equity indicators: people of color, low-income households, residents with disabilities, low English proficiency, children, elderly adults, and poor vehicle access.

www.justice.gov/usao-sdoh

An acting federal prosecutor was named Monday for the Southern District of Ohio after the former officeholder stepped down under the Justice Department’s transition to the administration of President Joe Biden.

Vipal Patel, a longtime assistant U.S. attorney from Dayton, will serve as acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, overseeing criminal prosecutions in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and most of Appalachian Ohio.

Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph joins the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland Friday for a virtual performance and conversation. The event takes place at 7 on the museum's Facebook and YouTube pages. The pedal steel guitarist will collaborate with the Rock Hall's educational platform and donate one of his guitars to the museum's exhibit It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope, and Empowerment, which explores social justice and equality.

Columbus Public Health

As the vaccine rollout continues, Columbus health officials are dispelling the myths associated with getting vaccinated and making a change when it comes to second dose scheduling. 

artsandsciences.osu.edu/arts-district

Ohio State University's Arts District continues to take shape. Faculty and students held a recent update on the nearly $162 million project, which features new facilities in the area of 15th and 18th avenues along College Road. The university envisions the Arts District becoming the new front door of campus and furthering a multidisciplinary approach that will benefit students and the broader Columbus community. 

From Jim Brickman to a set with Dave Koz, Brian McKnight, and Sheléa to Columbus' own Bill Cohen, there are several virtual Valentine's Day concerts this weekend benefitting various causes. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Sixteen artists have been nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They are Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, JAY-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, and Dionne Warwick.

columbus.gov

A group of local faith leaders is delivering a letter to Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther this morning, calling for former Police Chief Thomas Quinlan to be fired.  

Foley

The police chief who oversaw a summer of Columbus protests and controversial shootings will no longer serve in that role.

kenyon.edu

An anonymous donor has given Ohio’s Kenyon College a $100 million donation, the largest in school history, for the construction of three new residence halls, the liberal arts college announced Tuesday.

City of Columbus

The City of Columbus has shared some additional images related to last summer's protests, and again seeks the public’s help with an independent investigation into the actions of some Columbus Police officers.

Columbus Realtors yesterday hosted its annual economic and real estate forecast.

Joe Warner/South Jersey Times/Landov via NPR

Columbus officials say they plan to invest at least $4.5 million in new body-worn cameras for police and require officers to use them correctly.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland reopens this weekend, offering free admission to healthcare workers and their families on Sunday. Admission to the museum will also be free on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate music's role in the Civil Rights Movement. 

Columbus and Franklin County officials are encouraging residents to avoid the downtown area this weekend and through President-Elect Joe Biden's inauguration amid increased chatter about armed protests near the Ohio Statehouse.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

The Columbus and Franklin County public health departments will receive limited doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week to administer to seniors 80 years of age and older.

nytimes.com

The central Ohio economy will recover slightly with a 2.6% gain of almost 27,000 jobs in 2021, but should leave year-end employment well below its February 2020 level.

First Church of God

Services were held today for Andre Hill, the unarmed Black man fatally shot by a white Columbus police officer December 22.

Issuing a statement that he's seen everything he needs to see to reach the conclusion, Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan today recommended the termination of Officer Adam Coy.

The Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service

The Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service says November home sales increased 12.7 percent.

Columbus voters in November approved an amendment to establish a Civilian Police Review Board and Inspector General to investigate complaints of officer misconduct.

CelebrateOne Facebook page

The effort to reduce Columbus and Franklin County's infant mortality continues making progress, but the racial disparity remains. Since the formation of CelebrateOne, the region has improved from 8.4 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014 to 6.9 in 2019.

AP Photo/Jay LaPrete

Columbus Crew SC today announced that the core of its 2020 MLS Cup-winning roster is set to return for the 2021 season.

Casey Christopher Goodson, Jr. family, Walton + Brown, LLP, Friedman & Gilbert

United States Attorney David DeVillers announced today the U.S. Attorney’s Office – in coordination with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, the Cincinnati Division of the FBI and the Columbus Division of Police – will review the facts and circumstances surrounding the Dec. 4, 2020 shooting of Casey Goodson.

polkids.com

Construction begins soon on the Hilltop Early Childhood Learning Center.

findawarenessproject.com

A new messaging campaign warns central Ohio residents about the deadly dangers of fentanyl.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David DeVillers today announced the Fentanyl in Narcotic Drugs Awareness Project or FIND Awareness Project.

Ohio Department of Transportation

Starting Saturday morning, lanes for Interstate 70 east through downtown Columbus will split at 4th Street and rejoin just before I-71.

Nationwide Children's Hospital

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, a new survey out of Columbus finds many parents are struggling to maintain a positive outlook and remain concerned about the effects on their children's mental health.

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