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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12:46 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Effort to curb theft of prescription medicine heads to nursing homes

Ohio has been cracking down on shady doctors and pharmacists who’ve run pill mills and improperly distribute addictive pain medicine. With that source of illegal prescription medicine drying up, Ohio’s attorney general believes that addicts and profiteers will now turn to another setting to get their meds - nursing homes.

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10:01 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Train derailment prompts evacuations, delays bus service, yard and recycling collections

A freight train derailment and explosion in Columbus near the Ohio State Fairgrounds forced authorities to evacuate a mile-wide area of the city to contain the blaze and determine what's burning.

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12:38 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Ohio offers drop-boxes for prescription drugs

The state is making dozens of drop-off boxes available to Ohio counties for the collection of prescription drugs in an anti-drug abuse effort. The pilot program announced today makes 75 boxes available to two dozen southern Ohio counties where the state's prescription painkiller epidemic has hit the hardest. 

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9:58 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Gas prices jump in Ohio

Gasoline costs Ohioans an extra quarter per gallon compared with a week ago.

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9:47 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Concerns about waste water from drilling in Athens County

Environmental activists in Athens County say dangerous chemicals are being injected deep into the earth in the southwest region of the state.

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9:43 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Heat hinders attendance at Dayton Air Show

A stifling heat wave has sapped attendance totals at the annual Dayton Air Show in southwest Ohio. General manager Brenda Kerfoot says attendance fell 38 percent to about 47,000 people in the preliminary estimates.

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6:27 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Heat a factor in the deaths of 3 Ohioans, thousands still await power restoration

The sizzling temperatures in Ohio combined with power outages have apparently helped hasten the deaths of 3 Licking County residents. The coroner’s office says in 3 separate cases, the lack of air conditioning contributed to the deaths. About 79-thousand Ohio customers of American Electric Power remain without power today.

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1:01 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Debate over oil and gas drilling in cemeteries

New concern in natural gas-rich eastern Ohio has raised the question of whether cemeteries are a proper place for drilling. It started at the 122-year-old Lowellville Cemetery, in rural Poland Township.

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12:42 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Bus drivers strike despite tentative deal, could return tomorrow

Hundreds of bus drivers and mechanics in Columbus have gone on strike despite reaching a tentative agreement with COTA, putting travelers in a pinch a day before the city's massive Independence Day celebration downtown.

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2:21 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

AEP cautions that restoration could take up to a week

American Electric Power says approximately 500,000 customers throughout the company's Ohio service territory are without electricity with approximately 300,000 located in central Ohio.

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2:01 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

US storms kill 10, including one in Ohio and cause numerous power outages

Ohio Governor John Kasich today declared a state of emergency in Ohio after dangerous storms and strong winds swept through Friday resulting in power outages across nearly two-thirds of the state.

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1:54 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Free HIV testing this afternoon at the Columbus Public Health

As part of National HIV Testing Day, assessments for that and other sexually transmitted diseases are being offered in Columbus.

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1:43 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Miner's family sues Consol

The family of an Ohio man who died after his losing his leg at West Virginia's Shoemaker Mine has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Consol Energy. 

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1:30 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Worker killed at GM plant in Parma

Officials have identified a worker fatally injured in an accident at a General Motors plant in suburban Cleveland.

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1:23 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Budget director warns state agencies about potential funding cuts

Ohio government departments and programs are being told to work up two proposed spending blueprints --- one that assumes stable funding and the other a ten percent cut.

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7:15 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Kasich signs law to help former felons return to the workforce

Ohio now has a new law, aimed at helping ex-felons find jobs. Governor John Kasich signed the measure, which had support from Democrats and Republicans in the legislature. 

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7:06 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Ohio judge stops state Medicaid contract process

A central Ohio judge has blocked the state from moving forward with tentative Medicaid contracts it awarded to five managed-care organizations.

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6:59 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Striking Red Cross workers in NW Ohio reach deal

The American Red Cross says it has reached a deal with employees in northwest Ohio that will end a three-month strike. 

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6:48 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Jury recommends life in prison for pregnant woman's killer

A jury recommends that a central Ohio man convicted of killing a pregnant woman spend life in prison without parole instead of receiving the death penalty. 

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4:32 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Union for bus drivers files intent to strike

The union representing drivers and mechanics for the Columbus bus system has filed a 10-day notice of an intent to go on strike. The filing follows months of negotiations that led to agreements on almost all contract provisions, with disagreements continuing over pension contributions and different wage scales for new employees.

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