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Culinary Students Are Carving a Path to Better Jobs Through Ice

University of Akron alumnus Aaron Costic is a certified master ice carver. “I found this little niche and went in that direction.” Costic won the Olympic bronze medal for ice carving in Nagano in 1998, and the gold medal in Torino in 2006. He owns Elegant Ice Creations of Broadview Heights. “We provide ice carvings for the Greater Cleveland, Akron, Medina area, and we sell tools for ice carvers all over the world.” Costic’s team carves for hotels, caterers, and country clubs, as well as priva...
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John Kasich
CNN

  

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will host his 100th town hall in New Hampshire this weekend – just days before the first-in-the-nation primary there on Tuesday.

Amer Ahmad
CHICAGO TONIGHT WTTW

The current state treasurer is releasing the results of an independent investigation he ordered into activities by a top aide of the former state treasurer. 

Dan Dunlap
LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF

A Lake County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a stabbing suspect late last night, and authorities now say Thomas Hirko was holding a pellet gun when he confronted officers.

The deputies ordered the 54-year-old Hirko to drop the realistic-looking fake firearm. They say he refused and instead raised the gun toward them. At one point, Hirko reportedly said, "It's time to die."

Ohio is joining 47 other states in a nearly half-billion-dollar settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC. 

The settlement will pay cash out to nearly 20,000 borrowers who the states say were victims of mortgage-servicing abuses and loan modifications by HSBC. Dan Tierney with the Ohio Attorney General’s office says a $59 million fund has been created with this settlement.

“There will be relief for these borrowers, about 1,574 in Ohio: refinancing, principal reductions, somebody’s lost their home to foreclosure, they will be eligible for cash payments.”

Sherrod Brown
FILE PHOTO

  U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown met with federal and local officials in Cleveland today to talk about protecting people from lead poisoning.

He said earlier this week his concerns extend beyond  the lead that has shown up in water supplies in Sebring and in Flint, Mich. He notes that in older cities like Cleveland, Akron and Canton, the problem is more often lead in flaking paint in houses and in soil.

Medical marijuana study
BROOKINGS INSTITUTION

State senators leading an inquiry into whether Ohio should consider legalizing medical marijuana brought their listening tour to Cincinnati yesterday. Democrat Kenny Yuko,  who has multiple sclerosis, is a firm supporter.

“It’s an opportunity to take a natural plant and provide a quality-of-life change for people who are suffering day-in-and-day out.”

Republican Dave Burke is less convinced.

Yuko and Burke
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

  Two Ohio senators are touring the state listening to views on medical marijuana. During a stop in Cincinnati this week, Nicole Scholten with Ohio Families Cann says her daughter Lucy suffers from hundreds of daily seizures and cerebral palsy. Scholten believes medical marijuana could improve Lucy's quality of life.

Morning headlines for Friday, February 5, 2016: 

Sen. Rob Portman
SCREEN CAPTURE

  Ohio’s Republican Sen. Rob Portman says he supporting one measure to help protect water systems from lead contamination and is considering another. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on federal proposals to address water problems in Sebring, Ohio, Flint, Michigan and beyond.

Bill Coley
OHIO SENATE

Last year voters overwhelmingly approved changes in the way Ohio draws its maps for Statehouse districts.  Now a similar plan is in the works for congressional redistricting. But some officials fear that measure might break federal law. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

A committee with the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission put off on voting for a plan that would require bipartisan support for any new congressional district maps. 

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One of the Vatican's most prominent critics, who pushed for greater protections for children and harsher punishments for pedophile priests, has taken a leave of absence from the pope's advisory commission on clerical sex abuse.

North Korea has announced it will be firing a rocket into orbit next week — moving up a launch originally planned for later this month.

Pyongyang told the U.N. International Maritime organization the launch will be held between Feb. 7 and 14, NPR's Elise Hu reports. It had previously been scheduled for sometime between Feb. 8 and 25.

Israel made a decision last week that supporters are calling game-changing. Men and women will be allowed to worship together at the holiest place where Jews can legally pray. This could lead to other changes in Israel.

Batya Kallus, who helped negotiate the deal that led to the government decision, is jubilant.

"This is groundbreaking," she says. "We've reconceived what the Western Wall includes."