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Bernie is Ready to Back Hillary but Some of his Delegates Remain Skeptical

The call for Democratic Party unity fell short last night as delegates backing Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton chanted each other down within minutes of the start of the first night of the DNC in Philadelphia. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the challenge of Democrats trying to unite in Philadelphia. “I intend to be fair. I want to hear the varying opinions here. I am going to be respectful of you and I want you to be respectful of me.” Fudge was lecturing delegates throughout the hall...
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There have been some surprising endorsements in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race during the past couple of days.

The Ohio Conference of Teamsters has endorsed Republican Incumbent Senator Rob Portman, saying Portman stopped pension cuts for retirees that could have gone as high as 70 percent. 

The Teamsters had endorsed Portman’s Democratic opponent Ted Strickland in his bid for Governor in 2006 and his re-election bid in 2010. Another union that has endorsed Strickland in the past, the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, is also endorsing Portman.

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GREATER CLEVELAND'S COORDINATED RESPONSE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Inquiries about human trafficking went up during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland when an estimated 50,000 people came to town.  

A spike was predicted because large events can generate increased human trafficking cases.

A Northeast Ohio anti-human trafficking group says a public education effort launched a few weeks before the RNC contributed to the rise in attention to the issue.

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The ongoing fight over dredging the Cuyahoga River’s shipping channel could be moot according the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps, which is mandated with keeping the channel open, says the annual dredging may not be needed this year.

The Army Corps has been fighting the river dredging in federal court, saying it can’t afford to put the sediment in on-shore containment facilities, and instead wants to dump the material into Lake Erie.

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  The call for Democratic Party unity fell short last night as delegates backing Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton chanted each other down within minutes of the start of the first night of the DNC in Philadelphia. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the challenge of Democrats trying to unite in Philadelphia.

“I intend to be fair. I want to hear the varying opinions here. I am going to be respectful of you and I want you to be respectful of me.”

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Look around any political convention and you will likely see vendors selling tee-shirts, buttons and memorabilia.

But both the DNC this week and the RNC last week also attract artists and small businesses selling stuff to the party faithful. 

If you walked through the Home Run Alley at Progressive Field during the RNC, you would have seen a lot of different items for sale. Many are handmade by local artisans like the shirts made by Marianna Keithly of Middletown. The garments were bedazzled on site with rhinestones.

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POLICY MATTERS OHIO

New data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shows that Ohio is behind the national average for job growth since the 2008 recession.

The report shows that Ohio’s job growth is at 1.4 percent - that means adding only 77,400 jobs since the recession.

This number is well below the national average of 4.2 percent.

Policy Matters Ohio researcher, Hannah Halbert says the report also reflects on Ohio’s employment and unemployment rates.

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Three northeast Ohio counties are among twenty-three locations around the U.S. chosen to be part of a $53-million-dollar, federal lead-paint cleanup program.  Erie, Mahoning and Summit counties will get s$7.5  million over three years.  The money is to help with the decontamination of a total of 305 currently-occupied, old houses. 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  initiative is the latest round of a decades-long national effort to get rid of the toxic paint additive.  

Supporters of Bernie Sanders have been blasting the role that the 715 superdelegates have played in this presidential campaign, since they aren’t pledged to either Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler talked to an Ohio delegate about a measure that will be voted on during the first day of the convention. 

Like at the RNC, the normally staid DNC Rules Committee brought some unexpected excitement. Sen. Michael Skindell of Lakewood was a Sanders delegate on the DNC Rules panel.

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Ohio delegates at the DNC heard a message of coming together at their required meeting Monday morning. 

It comes as their convention got off to a rocky start under outgoing chair of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.  

The convention is moving forward in the wake of a leaked DNC email scandal over senior party staff favoring of Hillary Clinton’s nomination and bashing fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders.

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Downtown Cleveland could be getting a high-end outlet mall. Negotiations are underway between a developer and local officials over city-owned property between Burke Lakefront Airport and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. 

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The Obama administration announced today that it is expanding a program that helps Central American refugees, including minors, to reunite with their families in the United States. The effort is designed to discourage people from leaving their homeland and flooding the southern U.S. border, say administration officials.

The program has three components.

Trevor Burbank is single, 27 years old, and has been house hunting in Nashville for the last year.

"My rent's going up in August, so I have to figure out what I'm doing," he says.

The last time Burbank looked for a place was five years ago. He decided to use his down payment to start a business instead.

"There was a house that I really liked that was going for $60,000, and I saw the house being sold in the past few months for just shy of $300,000," Burbank says.

The Democratic National Convention made history Tuesday evening: Amid applause, shouts, cheers and in some cases tears, the delegates on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia nominated Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

Clinton is now the first female presidential candidate of a major American party.

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