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Flood watch and tornado cleanup continue in NE Ohio
LeBron; Cuyahoga treasurer; Democratic convention; Kasich and Suarez; Medicare and dialysis
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
LeBron James' decision to go for free agency has raised speculation that he may return to Cleveland.
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In The Region:
  • Flood watch and tornado cleanup continue
  • LeBron is on the market
  • Treasurer candidate is on the bubble
  • Cleveland pitches itself to the Dems
  • Kasich fights Suarez's subpoena
  • Medicare penalizes dialysis centers
  • Flood watch and tornado cleanup continue
    More problem weather is heading Northeast Ohio’s way, as Medina County continues clearing up after a tornado in Brunswick last night.

    A flash flood watch is in effect through this evening for much of the region.

    The tornado damaged four homes and tore up trees, but no one was injured. Meanwhile, flooding hit parts of Summit and Medina counties for the third time in the last month.

    LeBron is on the market
    NBA superstar LeBron James is a free agent, again.

    The Akron native and former Cleveland Cavaliers standout has opted out of his Miami Heat contract, forgoing the final two years. The deadline for his decision was June 30th.

    James left the Cavs in 2010 to sign with Miami.  

    Treasurer candidate is on the bubble
    The Northeast Ohio Media Group is reporting that a confirmation hearing this afternoon for Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jeannet Wright is likely to be canceled.

    Wright, who has been acting treasurer since September, was nominated by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and must be confirmed by County Council. But Cleveland.com reported last week that she had failed to register and disclose income from rental properties for more than three years. FitzGerald is the Democrat running for governor.

    Cleveland pitches itself to the Dems
    Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson led a delegation to Democratic National Party headquarters on Monday to push the city’s bid for the 2016 presidential convention. Cleveland is one of six cities – including Columbus -- vying for the Democratic convention, and each had an hour to make their pitch.

    Cleveland also is one of four finalists for the GOP convention, and is expected to hear tomorrow whether Republicans plan to trim their list further, or continue negotiating with all four until they pick the winner in August.

    Kasich fights Suarez's subpoena
    Gov. John Kasich is fighting a subpoena from North Canton businessman Ben Suarez to testify in Suarez’s federal criminal trial. The state argues it would take “extraordinary circumstances” to force the top state official to testify.

    Suarez and his company, Suarez Corporation Industries, are accused of steering $200,000 through straw donors to the political campaigns of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Congressman Jim Renacci. Suarez was enlisting their help in fighting a multi-million-dollar complaint against the company in California.

    Suarez also contributed to Kasich and enlisted his help, but none of the criminal charges are related to the Kasich contributions.

    Medicare penalizes dialysis centers
    Eleven dialysis centers in the state – including three in Northeast Ohio – are losing a share of Medicare payments because of low performance.

    The centers include Fresenius (FREH-sen-ee-us) Medical Care in Warrensville Heights, Nephrology Associates in Cleveland and Aultman Dialysis in Stark County. Fresenius had the worst rating in the state. According to the Columbus Dispatch, owners of some of the centers said they had such a small number of patients they were penalized by the metrics of the Medicare scoring system.

     

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