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A Sweet Gift Straight From the Heart for Valentine's Day

There’s at least one way to cut the cost of loving this week: Making your own candy for Valentine’s Day? WKSU’s Vivian Goodman explores that option in today’s Quick Bite. Holidays are always hectic for pastry chef Stephanie Paganini, but Valentine’s Day is the busiest. She and her tempering machine are both running practically non-stop. “The tempering machine’s job is to melt and cool and hold the chocolate at a certain temperature. It’s for when you’re going to do a hard shell application or...
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Cuyahoga County has released statistics for 2015 on drug-related deaths, and the numbers show a new trend toward a drug that’s 80 times more powerful than morphine.

The statistics show that overdose deaths from the drug fentanyl nearly tripled, but heroin overdoses dropped about 8 percent last year – the first drop in five years.

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson says, as far as he is aware, the pill form of fentanyl showed up on the county’s streets last month.

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The Ohio Senate passed a bill this week that would grant immunity to anyone who breaks into a car to rescue a dog or a child. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles explains.

It’s a hot or cold day. You see an unattended car with a child or pet locked inside. You call the police. But the child or dog is in distress. Do you wait or break the window to provide help?  Republican State Sen. Jim Hughes says his bill would allow you to do the latter.

Top headlines: Officials confirm case of tuberculosis at Akron’s North High School; Annual Taste of Hudson food festival canceled; Second teen arrested for alleged involvement in the death of a Kent State freshman

Morning headlines for Friday, February 12, 2016:

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A bill to combat heroin addiction has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the next step for the legislation by Ohio’s Republican Sen. Rob Portman.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act aims to prevent opioid abuse by expanding the availability of Naloxone to law enforcement and first responders. The drug helps to reverse heroin overdoses. Portman’s bill also aims to expand the number of disposal sites for unneeded prescription medications.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld got an endorsement that could be a boost in his campaign. It comes from former Ohio Gov. Dick Celeste.

Celeste endorsed the Cincinnati City Council member in his contest against Celeste’s former fellow governor, Ted Strickland. Celeste says he thinks Sittenfeld would take a fresh perspective to Washington.

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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has apologized to the family of Tamir Rice over a billing statement for the cost of ambulance transport after the 12 year old was shot by police. Jackson says the claim was settled a year ago by Medicaid, but re-sent this week to the executor of the Rice family estate for standard legal purposes.                                                               

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A private company wants to take over much of the Medina County central waste-disposal system to create a for-profit recycling and re-purposing operation.

The county is hiring a third-party consulting firm to evaluate the proposal from Optivia Group of Cleveland.

County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin says that’s because the plan is intriguing, but unusual.

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The issue of oil and gas drilling has been one that usually divides state lawmakers along party lines.

But Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, there is one aspect that seems to have consensus among Republican and Democratic leaders. 

The majority and minority leaders of the Ohio House and Senate agree that they shouldn’t raise the so-called severance tax on oil and gas drilling because the market conditions are too tough -- especially with the dropping price of gas.

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Four of Ohio's top elected officeholders took questions together today at an annual event with reporters.  They were asked about whether they support legislation for medical marijuana.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said he’s offered lawmakers a list of what other states are doing on medical marijuana, and Auditor Dave Yost says he doesn’t think a lot of studies are needed to come up with some legislation soon.

Then they were asked if they’d ever used marijuana, and if they had, when was the last time. DeWine answered “No.” Yost said, “Yes, probably 1978 – that’s a guess.”

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It’s not often that the four Republican executive officeholders are together in one room – especially when all of them are expected to run for other offices when their terms end in 2018. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on their answers when asked about their future political plans.

It’s no secret these term-limited Republicans are not done with politics. But when asked who’s running for governor, Attorney General Mike DeWine said it’s premature to answer

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