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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."

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.

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