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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 Mayor Andy Ginther today announced the formation of a Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Committee to suggest how the city, public sector, non-profit and private sector partners can support an inclusive economic recovery strategy.

Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to the spring for player safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Big Ten Conference changed course Wednesday announcing football's return the weekend of October 23-24. All 14 teams will play eight regular-season games in eight consecutive weeks. 

A law firm has been examining claims of officer misconduct stemming from interactions between Columbus police and protesters that started during the final weekend of May.

SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

South Carolina’s public health director appeared to be on her way to a new job in Ohio before abruptly withdrawing, saying a day later she was concerned because the previous director’s family was harassed including protests at her home.

Joan Duwve said she isn’t returning to her job in South Carolina either.

Columbus and Franklin County officials have a simple message for the central Ohio electorate - vote early.

The City of Columbus today launched a pilot program to connect more women, minorities, and families to available resources as part of a broader financial empowerment effort.

Ohio Attorney General's Office

A Franklin County man has been indicted on 19 felony counts, including involuntary manslaughter and human trafficking.

Federal agents today arrested seven men in connection with a conspiracy to illegally traffic firearms from Ohio to Canada. 

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein has joined the legal battle against the Trump Administration’s amended 2020 Census schedule. The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced the time for accepted self-response questionnaires and door-to-door follow-ups by census enumerators would be cut by an entire month. Instead of October 31, those efforts must conclude September 30. 

City of Columbus

Columbus officials today announced an upcoming expansion of fall programs offered by the Recreation and Parks Department.

City of Columbus

Construction will begin soon on a fresh foods market in Linden. The facility will offer free food, health screenings, and other services.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians today announced an alliance to develop a strategy to address social injustice. The alliance seeks to improve the relationship between law enforcement and citizens, encourage nonpartisan voting activities, and increase the opportunities for quality education.

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The city of Columbus today announced the selection of AEP Energy as a partner in its cleaner energy initiative.

Columbus City Schools today announced the suspension of all in-person interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The district says the suspension takes effect Friday, August 14. 

Donna Mogavero

Donna Mogavero has been singing in Columbus and around Ohio for decades. She performs as part of CAPA's ApART Together series Thursday night. Mogavero also has new music coming out soon. Here on Music Journeys, she shares a couple new songs and explains what inspired her to record again. Mogavero also reflects on her Columbus history and takes part in our Fast Five song questions. Thanks for listening. 

State of Ohio

Ohio schools may now begin applying for the BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant.

Amber Knicole

Music Journeys continues to highlight some of the Columbus musicians taking part in CAPA's latest round of online performances with the talented Amber Knicole.

Following a second test administered today in Columbus, Governor Mike DeWine has tested negative for COVID-19. First Lady Fran DeWine and staff members have also all tested negative for the virus. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tested positive for COVID-19 today, just ahead of a planned meeting with President Trump in Cleveland. DeWine says he took the test as part of standard protocol. The governor held a press conference later in the day from his home in Cedarville.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine plans to issue an order that K-12 students returning to school must wear a mask.

Xander Raymond

The Columbus Association for the Peforming Arts recently kicked off the third installment of its online concert series. Launched in April as a way to help Columbus artists during the pandemic, CAPA's ApART Together series has featured 16 musicians with another 9 scheduled for this third leg. One of the musicians performing this round is Talisha Holmes, who has a new four-song EP. In the Music Journeys podcast, Holmes explains where the songs come from and shares her thoughts on these challenging times. She also takes part in the Fast Five. Thanks for listening.  

CAPA

The Columbus Association for the Peforming Arts last night kicked off the third installment of its online concert series with a performance by the Castros.

Columbus and Franklin County officials say more than $8 million in federal CARES ACT funding will go to childcare providers to handle new COVID-19 regulations. 

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Columbus City Council last night approved legislation requiring bars and restaurants to close at 10 pm starting tonight due to the covid-19 pandemic. 

The Division 3 Ohio Athletic Conference has postponed all NCAA athletics competition through the end of the year amid continued COVID-19 concerns. 

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today announced the city will use federal CARES Act funding to ensure that every Columbus City Schools student has a Chromebook for virtual learning.

Columbus officials today announced an independent research review of the city's response to recent protests.

OSU Medical Center

Exercise during and after pregnancy increases a compound in breast milk that reduces a baby’s lifelong risks of serious health issues, including diabetes and heart disease. That’s according to a recent study by researchers at Ohio State University’s Medical Center. 

Columbus officials today announced a charter amendment to establish a civilian police review board and an inspector general for the police division.

OSU Medical Center

Ohio State University researchers have identified an immune cell that could predict a transplant patient’s risk of rejecting the organ.

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