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.