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Republicans vote on Cleveland in Chicago this afternoon
Other noon headlines: LeBron; water warning; FitzGerald; data scrubbing

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Cleveland, like Tampa in 2012, will have to put up some $60 million to land the GOP convention for 2016.
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In The Region:
  • RNC is expected to crown Cleveland its 2016 host city
  • LeBron's big homecoming tonight
  • Toledo's water warning
  • Columbus schools chief testifies in data scandal
  • FitzGerald resumes campaigning 
  • RNC is expected to crown Cleveland its 2016 host city
    The Republican National Committee is expected to vote within the hour in Chicago to formally make Cleveland the host city for its 2016 presidential convention.

    The site selection committee recommended Cleveland last month, and full approval is expected to pass easily.  Mayor Frank Jackson has made the trip to the Windy City for this afternoon’s announcement, and so have representatives of the Cleveland Host Committee and Ohio Republican party.

    LeBron's big homecoming tonight
    An even bigger party is happening tonight in Akron, as it formally welcomes native son LeBron James home. The four-time NBA MVP announced last month he’s returning from Miami to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. But tonight’s event at InfoCision Stadium at the University of Akron is expected to focus as much on the charity and education work of the LeBron James Family Foundation.

    Toledo's water warning
    The Toledo Blade is reporting that the Ohio EPA gave Toledo a stern warning that it was heading for trouble two months before the city had to implement a 72-hour drinking water ban.

    The paper says the letter from EPA chief Craig Butler was dated June 9, and said, “I cannot underscore boldly enough the precarious condition of Toledo’s drinking water system and the imminent vulnerability to failure.”

    The letter noted that the city’s system is outdated and upgrades were not being implemented on schedule.

    The water ban took effect last weekend after tests revealed a liver toxin exceeded safe levels. The toxin is believed to have come from a spreading problem of blue-green algae in Lake Erie caused by farm-field run off and sewage.

    FitzGerald resumes campaigning
    Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald is back on the campaign trail, with stops today in Port Clinton, Bowling Green and Lorain. FitzGerald this week has faced questions about his driving record after records revealed he went without a permanent driver's license for more than 10 years. That controversy arose after it was reported late last week that police found him in a car two years ago in a parking lot at 4:30 a.m. with a woman who is not his wife. He denied anything improper happened then, and has apologized for not having a license.

    Columbus schools chief testifies in data scandal
    The retired chief of the state’s largest school system was testifying this morning about the Columbus City Schools data scrubbing scandal.

    Gene Harris was called into a hearing for a school principal who is fighting her firing

    The Columbus Dispatch reports the principal says she was compelled by the district to falsify attendance records for students who were likely to perform poorly on state tests – thereby removing them from the district’s overall report card.  Harris retired in the midst of the investigation, which began two years ago.

    Earlier this year, Ohio Auditor David Yost says Harris knew administrators were falsifying the data and that she oversaw a "culture of deceit."  The head of data for the district pleaded no contest to a criminal charge last week.



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