What’s believed to be the first state task force in the nation to study how grand juries operate begins its work in Columbus next week. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on the commission formed by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor after controversial decisions not to indict police officers in two killings in Ohio.

The mission of the 18-member task force is to study how grand juries work in Ohio and in other states -- including the instructions they get when they are considering whether there is enough evidence for someone to face a trial on criminal charges.

Family photo of Tamir Rice
Family of Tamir Rice

Top headlines: Heavy snow creates whiteout conditions, causes major accidents in Northeast Ohio; Barberton man sentenced for helping woman obtain heroin that led to her death; New York governor urges federal regulators to reject Key Corp. buyout of First Niagara Financial Group


Morning headlines for Thursday, February 11, 2016:

blue collar crucifix

A ceramic art show at the Canton Museum of Art evokes bitter memories of shuttered plants and lost jobs.

It also celebrates the courage of those who lived through the decline of manufacturing throughout the Midwest.

“Blue Collar” is the work of two sculptors who grew up in a small Indiana factory town.  

Kelly Phelps chairs the art department at Xavier University in Cincinnati, and Kyle Phelps is on the arts faculty at the University of Dayton.

They are identical twins.

49-person jets

The specialty airline that wants to return regularly scheduled passenger service to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport is shooting for a Spring start. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports. 

Aerodynamics Inc. wants to offer four round-trip flights daily from Youngstown to Chicago. 

There’s been no regular passenger service from the airport in Vienna Township since 2002.

Last month the U.S. Department of Transportation gave ADI a conditional “go-ahead.”  And airline Vice President Mickey Bowman says the conditions can be met in time for a May 1st service launch. 

photo of Keith Faber

The bill to defund Planned Parenthood is on its way to Gov. John Kasich’s desk, and he’s expected to sign it before the primary in South Carolina on Feb.  20.