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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 With the announcement fanfareover, Cleveland and the RNC get down to details Other morning headlines: Kasich reaction; tornadoes hit; Mahoning and Lorain judges; fireworks injuries; Tanaka beaten; James and Riley meet by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
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John Kasich says the convention will allow Ohio to showcase its progress.
RNC and Cleveland start work on a contract Now that the Republican site selection committee is recommending that Cleveland host the 2016 GOP presidential convention, work on the details is underway.
The city and the GOP are negotiating a contract that commits the region to about $60 million to cover the costs of the convention.
Cleveland host committee Chairman Terry Egger says local officials started working on the package even before the RNC announcement yesterday that Cleveland had beat out Dallas to host the convention. And he says Republican officials are due back in town this week to continue the negotiations.
The site selection committee will take its recommendation to a national Republican meeting in Chicago Aug. 7-9th, where it will formally be voted on.
Kasich's home turf Among those celebrating the announcement is Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who’s considered a potential presidential candidate.
Kasich says the convention is a chance for the city and state to showcase its progress.
"How we're rebuilding from an old sort of industrial state to something that still loves manufacturing and agriculture but is now transforming itself into information technology and healthcare and financial services. This is going to allow us to display Ohio and Americans are going to fall in love with the new Ohio."?
Kasich has been mentioned as a potential presidential contender. He hasn’t commented on that, saying only that he’s planning for his re-election in November and a second term as governor. Challenging him is Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who was among the Democrats praising the GOP convention decision yesterday.
Tornadoes hit NE Ohio Fast-moving tornadoes ripped through Northeast Ohio yesterday, tearing up buildings and trees. But no injuries were reported.
The storms struck Medina, Lorain and Mahoning counties.
The Brunswick area was hit for the second time in as many weeks when severe thunderstorms unleashed a tornado at about 1:30 in the afternoon. The tornado skipped onto Hinkley.
The National Weather Service rated it a level-1 tornado, and said winds hit nearly 100 mph.
Another fast-moving tornado – also a level 1 -- hit Canfield, knocking out power to about 2,000 customers. Winds tore through roofs and trees including those at a monastery, the Society of St. Paul. Level 1 is the least of the five categories of tornadoes.
Mahoning judge to be sentenced Former Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky is to be sentenced today. He resigned in March and pleaded guilty in May to a single charge of tampering with records. He faces as much as 18 months in prison. But the Ohio attorney general’s office has recommended he get community control.
Belinky, a Democrat, admitted he failed to record somewhere between $7,500 and $150,000 in campaign contributions, expenditures or loans. He is cooperating with prosecutors, and has resigned his law license as well.
Burge back on the Lorain bench The Ohio Supreme Court has denied a request from Lorain County’s prosecutor to keep Common Pleas Judge James Burge from hearing any of his cases.
The prosecutor says Burge has demonstrated criminal, intimidating and sexually harassing behavior toward the prosecutors.
Burge denies that. And Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor wrote yesterday that the allegations are a cause for concern, but not enough at this point to keep Burge away from cases.
Doctor: Baby will recover from fireworks burns A doctor says a Youngstown infant burned by a neighbor's fireworks is expected to make a full recovery.
The Akron Children's Hospital has been treating the 4-month-old girl since Friday night for second-degree burns, mostly to her face and left hand.
Dr. John Crow, chairman of the hospital's surgery department, said in a statement that Au'Bre McCormick is in "fair condition and doing quite well."
A neighbor of the baby reportedly kicked over a lit tubular firework, which shot into the girl's play seat on her porch. She was flown to the Akron hospital's burn center.
The center treated six injuries related to bonfires and 16 related to fireworks during the holiday weekend.
First West Nile mosquitoes of the season The first signs of mosquitoes in Ohio this summer with West Nile Virus have appeared in Columbus. Ohio Department of Health entomologist Richard Gary told the Columbus Dispatch it’s hard to predict what might happen with the virus this year.
Last year, two dozen people contracted the virus statewide and three died. People with West Nile often show no symptoms, but about 20 percent develop severe symptoms, including fevers.
Indians beat Tanaka The Indians beat the Yankees rookie pitching phenomenon Masahiro Tanaka, 5-3, Tuesday. Tanaka, who was trying to become the Major Leagues first 13-game winner this season, gave up five runs and 10 hits -- both season highs. All-Star Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 and Nick Swisher his a home for his second game in a row.
Meanwhile, the Indians continue to campaign for pitcher Corey Kluber to join Brantley on the All-Star team through an on-line fan vote that ends tomorrow at 4 p.m.. He’s one of five AL pitchers up for the "Final Vote."
LeBron and the Decision II LeBron James is expected to meet with Miami Heat President Pat Riley today to talk about whether he'll return to Miami next season or head elsehwere. The Akron native declared himself a free agent, rather than remaining with Miami for the final two-year option of his contract. The four-time MVP left Cleveland for Miami in 2010, and the Cavs are one of the teams who are pursuing him.