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WSB’s Scott Slade and Monica Matthews check in with HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson
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WSB’s Scott Slade and Monica Matthews check in with HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson

WSB’s Scott Slade and Monica Matthews check in with HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson
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WSB’s Scott Slade and Monica Matthews check in with HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson is hard at work streamlining and enhancing the way we serve America’s affordable housing needs.

WSB’s Scott Slade and Monica Matthews had the opportunity to speak with the current HUD Secretary on Tuesday.

Dr. Carson addressed many topics including how private business can be recruited to spark a revolution in affordable housing. "I want to eliminate the blight that lots of people associate with public housing,” he explains, adding, “It's not rats, roaches and crime any more."

LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE.

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  • A bill passed in the Ohio Statehouse would inadvertently make a million gun owners in the state lawbreakers. >> Watch the news report here Right now, there’s an effort underway to fix the error before the law takes effect next month. WHIO’s Kayla Courvell spoke with gun rights advocates and a state representative about the issue. >> On WHIO.com: Ohio lawmakers studying error that could ban some guns  House Bill 228 was meant to expand stipulations in which shooting someone in self-defense is legally justified. But as it currently stands, when it becomes law on March 28, it also makes owning certain rifles, guns with pistol grips or a weapon longer than 26 inches a felony. “It’s legally murky right now,” said state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miami Township. “It could prohibit the sale of some firearms, which we do not want to do. That was a mistake. Our hope right now is to fix that mistake by the effective date so that it never affects anyone.” >> Read more trending news  Second Amendment advocates, including Eva Silvers, said the law is unconstitutional. “Hold up, this is wrong,” she said. “You took a constitutional oath to protect the people of this country. Will you enforce an unconstitutional law against your own people?” Antani said it would be up to each jurisdiction as to how they enforce the new law. And he said he doesn’t believe county prosecutors would enforce that portion of it. But that’s not the point, said July Sparks of the Black Swamp Oath Keepters group. >> On WHIO.com: Lawmakers consider major changes to gun laws in Ohio “We’ll already be prosecuted by being picked up. We’ll already be considered guilty. We just became felons. It’s not if the law passes – it passed,” Sparks said. A rally is planned for March 28 at the Statehouse. While some want the law thrown out altogether, Antani said that’s not necessary to make a fix to the law. “Our goal is to pass this before the March 28 deadline,” he said. >> On DaytonDailyNews.com: Read more on proposed changes to Ohio’s gun laws The amendment to the new bill would need to be introduced by March 20.  Antani said a plan to fix the mistake already was introduced Tuesday, and a hearing should be held soon.
  • A soldier from Mississippi had a heartwarming and memorable homecoming Wednesday.  >> Read more trending news Sgt. Joshua Stokes, of the Mississippi National Guard, surprised his 8-year-old daughter in her classroom after a yearlong tour overseas. Shelby Stokes had no idea what was coming. As far as she knew, her dad had five more weeks of deployment in Kuwait.  The separation was tough for the whole family, but WHBQ-TV was there as Stokes gave his daughter the surprise of a lifetime at DeSoto Central Primary School in Mississippi.  Classmates, teachers and reporters looked on as Stokes approached Shelby from behind and tapped her on the shoulder. She thought she was getting in trouble, but then she quickly realized her father had come home. “I thought it was a teacher. But it wasn’t. It was Daddy,” Shelby said. Shelby jumped into her father’s arms, and the two embraced.  “I’m just happy to see my girl,” Stokes said.  The soldier and his family are heading for some long-overdue time at home. 
  • A Pennsylvania boy was killed Wednesday in his North Philadelphia home when he fell on a piece of glass from a broken picture frame, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  The 4-year-old was impaled in the abdomen by the glass and died at an area hospital, WCAU-TV reported. The boy was at home with his mother and other family members when the accident happened on the second floor of the house. >> Trending: School bus driver on heroin revived with Narcan after crash, police say The boy’s death is under investigation and the family is said to be cooperating with police.  
  • Measles outbreaks are occurring around the world.  >> Read more trending news  More than 130 people — about half of them ages 1-4 — have died in the Philippines, and 8,443 others having contracted the disease. Officials blame the outbreak on a fear of vaccinations. Despite being declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, there have been five outbreaks already this year, including in Washington state. Three cases have been confirmed in Georgia, all in the same Atlanta family.  Every state has vaccinations requirements for children to attend school, but 47 states offer exemptions on religious grounds. Seventeen of those states also allow parents to opt out of vaccinations for “personal, moral or other beliefs.” That doesn’t sit well with the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. >> Related: Unvaccinated kids now seeking out vaccines 'Some states are engaging in such wide exemptions that they're creating the opportunity for outbreaks on a scale that is going to have national implications,' Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Tuesday in an interview with CNN. 'It's an avoidable tragedy,' Gottlieb told Axios. 'Too many states have lax laws.' If states don’t strengthen their their requirements, Gottlieb said, “… I think they're going to force the hand of the federal health agencies.' Gottlieb offered no specifics as to how the FDA would intervene, but he told CNN he hoped recent outbreaks would make state officials realize the need for vaccinations. Reports of measles have made some people rethink the anti-vaccine stance.  “Internet-savvy teenagers are fact-checking their parents’ decisions in a digital health reawakening — and seeking their own treatments in bouts of family defiance,” the Washington Post reported. >> Related: What is measles and how can you prevent it? For a child to be exempt from immunization on religious grounds in Georgia, for example, “the parent or guardian must first furnish the responsible official of the school or facility an affidavit in which the parent or guardian swears or affirms that the immunization required conflicts with the religious beliefs of the parent or guardian.” Georgia does not allow exemption for philosophical reasons.
  • A Wisconsin man is facing charges after his arrest for allegedly driving away from a Manitowac gas station without paying for his fuel for the 23rd time. >> Read more trending news  During the latest incident involving Karl Kinyon, 37, he told police officers he was in a hurry Monday and that he has a “layaway system” with the Kwik Trip gas station and always pays for the gas “eventually,” WLUK-TV reported. The gas station said Kinyon still owes more than $800 for 14 drive-offs he hasn’t paid for yet, according to WLUK. >> Trending: 3,000 turkey fryers recalled over potential fire hazard He’s facing charges of retail theft and bail jumping related to charges from other retail theft cases.