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Mike Foley

Reporter, News Anchor

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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Despite a slight increase nationally, homelessness declined in Ohio according to the latest estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

According to estimates, the Columbus population will grow by a million people by the year 2050. 

Denise Truscello

Olivia Newton-John brought her concert tour to Ohio with a show at the Midland Theatre in Newark.

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Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther Tuesday released his 2018 municipal budget proposal.

Westerville authorities say a man who accidentally caused a fatal fire after falling asleep while cooking food won't face criminal charges. 

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Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther proposes replacing an anti-crime summer initiative with increased bike and foot patrols in high-crime neighborhoods.

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Columbus officials, including the Mayor, Police Chief and Safety Director, have been holding neighborhood roundtables over the last month to develop ways to improve police-community relations and reduce crime.

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The Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services is expanding its support of trauma training in Columbus City Schools into the Whitehall district.

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It’s unclear what will happen this week in the case of Edith Espinal, the undocumented immigrant taking sanctuary at the Columbus Mennonite Church.

Ohio United Way

An Ohio United Way report reveals that 40% of the state’s households lack enough income to afford basic needs. Details of the nearly 300-page analysis were discussed at Wednesday’s Columbus Metropolitan Club forum. 

Columbus fire officials have ruled Friday morning's fatal fire accidental. 

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State schools superintendent Paolo DeMaria spoke at Wednesday's Columbus Metropolitan Club forum on technology and education.

Columbus advocates, city officials and DACA recipients Thursday reiterated their call for Congress to agree on a legislative solution for the roughly 800,000 immigrants nationwide known as Dreamers.

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Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther spent much of his appearance at Wednesday's Columbus Metropolitan Club forum responding to the state of community/police relations, which he acknowledged have never been more strained.

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Four defendants from overseas are being transported to Columbus today for federal prosecution after being charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a massive amount of cocaine. 

Thoughtwell, previously known as Community Research Partners, unveiled the results of a comprehensive needs assessment for youth in Franklin County at Wednesday's Columbus Metropolitan Club forum.

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An Ohio State University study finds children and older adults with developmental disabilities are experiencing disparities when it comes to health care.

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Preliminary figures on opioid overdose deaths this year show Franklin County is on pace to surpass last year's numbers.

Columbus Police

A Columbus Scioto High School student has been charged with improperly discharging a firearm in a school safety zone. 

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A Columbus resident, undocumented immigrant and mother of three has taken sanctuary at Columbus Mennonite Church to avoid deportation.

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A report issued last year by the Women's Fund of Central Ohio and the Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity found that working Ohio women earn just 78 cents for every dollar men earn.

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Central Ohio health officials are launching a new campaign to help reduce infant mortality.

Central Ohio faith leaders gathered on the steps of Columbus City Hall this morning calling for the implementation of simple policies they say will keep the city safer. 

Doctors often advise concussion patients to avoid screen time on computers, televisions, tablets and phones.

columbus.gov

The Smart Columbus initiative on Wednesday announced an incentive for developers and property owners to install electric vehicle charging stations.

Federal prosecutors in Columbus say 13 members and associates of the MS-13 gang have been arrested and charged in central Ohio and Indiana.

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Former Central Ohio Transit Authority president and longtime American Electric Power executive William Lhota has died.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Ohio State University researchers are calling their latest development a breakthrough in regenerative medicine.

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Auto insurance rates are on the rise in Ohio and around the country due to more claims and higher costs associated with those claims.

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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer says this season's team has the strongest group of leaders of his tenure in Columbus.

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