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Homeowner insurance rates on the rise in Ohio
Other headlines: Akron is united in bid for new Goodyear plant; James Foundation teams with cable show in Akron fix-up

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  • Akron is united in bid for new Goodyear plant
  • James Foundation teams with Rehab Addict in Akron fix-up
  • Judge orders IRS to explain lost emails
  • Homeowner insurance on the rise in Ohio
    New figures released by the Ohio Department of Insurance show that homeowners insurance rates rose an average of 7.4 percent last year.

    That’s the sixth straight annual increase, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

    The rise in rates is ties to increasing severity of storm damage in recent years.

    Between 2010 and 2014, Ohio had at least 16 storms that caused $25 million or more in insured losses for a total of $2.1 billion in damages.

    Despite the increases, Ohio has the sixth-lowest rate for homeowner insurance.

    Akron is united in bid for new Goodyear plant
    Akron and Summit County officials are teaming with union workers to convince Goodyear to build a new plant in the former rubber capital.

    Goodyear announced earlier this year that it’s planning to build a new $500 million plant somewhere in the US.

    The location is expected to be announced early next year.

    The Beacon Journal reports that state and local official are putting together a package of incentives that include grants, loans and job-creation tax credits. 

    Goodyear says the proposed plant will produce 6 million tires per year. 

    Other communities pushing for the project include Chester County South Carolina.


    James Foundation teams with Rehab Addict in Akron fix-up
    As northeast Ohio waits to find out if LeBron James will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, his foundation says it is partnering with a reality TV show to spruce up some houses in his Akron hometown.

    The basketball star's LeBron James Family Foundation is teaming with the "Rehab Addict" TV show to make over the house and yard of a middle-school student and her family in early August.

    The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the 10-day project will also involve improving the yards of nine other families in the city.

    The Akron "Rehab Addict" episode will air this fall.

    Judge orders IRS to explain lost emails
    A judge told the Internal Revenue Service yesterday it must explain by Aug. 10 how it lost emails being sought in a Republican congressional inquiry into the agency’s scrutiny of conservative political groups.

    The judge also appointed a federal magistrate to look into possibilities of recovering the lost emails, sent to and by Cincinnati-based Lois Lerner, a former senior IRS official who was involved in the controversy.

    Republicans accused the agency of singling out conservative groups, some aligned with the tea party, for unfair treatment. Lerner retired from the IRS in September.

    On June 13, the IRS informed lawmakers that it could not produce some of Lerner’s emails from 2009 to 2011 because they were wiped out in a computer hard-drive crash.

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