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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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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.

Sandusky in Erie County, OH
Ken Winters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Libra

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.