Obama: 'Reject Cynicism And Reject Fear' And Elect Hillary Clinton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQWPkhQIWi4 Democrats called on Americans to reject what they called the politics of fear and division of the GOP and elect Hillary Clinton during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.Everyone from President Obama to Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine contrasted the Democratic vision of America to the vision offered by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump."America is already great," President Obama said. ...
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Gov. Mary Fallin speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday.
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Gov. Mary Fallin says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump can end the country’s divisions and restore a sense of optimism.

Fallin delivered a primetime address Thursday during the final evening of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. She described Trump as a bold and courageous leader who speaks truth to power.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has been a prominent figure during this week’s Republican National Convention.

He delivered speech Monday on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, having just taken over as the group’s president in June. Oklahoma City’s elections are technically non-partisan, but Cornett does identify as a Republican (he made it to a runoff with Gov. Mary Fallin in the 2006 Congressional primary when they vied for U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook’s old seat). During Cornett’s address in Cleveland earlier this week, he talked a lot about the success of Republican mayors across the country.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation engineers are testing an LED interchange light tower in the parking lot of the agency's Oklahoma City headquarters.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Cities across the state are hoping to cut down their electricity and maintenance bills by updating street and highway lights with new technology. LEDs save energy and money, but doctors say the lights could have unintended health and environmental consequences.


Gov. Mary Fallin speaks during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Gov. Mary Fallin says she plans to talk about what her party stands for during her address on the final night of the Republican National Convention.

She told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday her speech Thursday evening will be similar to the brief remarks she delivered Monday when she talked about the party’s platform.

Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
Mark J. Terrill / AP

Billionaire Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm sharply criticized environmental regulations in a pro-Donald Trump speech on energy policy at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night.

The Continental Resources CEO's remarks came amid reports he would be named energy secretary if the Republican candidate is elected in November.

A volunteer with Oklahomans for Health hands a passerby a petition to sign at the group’s tent at Northwest Expressway and Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City. The group is collecting signature for a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The group collecting signatures for a medical marijuana ballot question is roughly two-thirds of the way to its goal of 80,000 signatures by August 11.

Oklahomans for Health, led by former state Rep. and 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Dorman, is now offering its volunteers cash to collect valid names:

The group is now advertising an incentive for its circulators – $1 for every person who signs both petitions, as long as it’s a registered Oklahoma voter and as long as the measure reaches the ballot.

Paul Kincade, research vice president at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, sits next to a new laser microscope in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma State University researcher Lin Liu and seven other scientists recently received a combined $1.26 million from TSET – the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust – to study treatments for COPD, a smoking-related illness.

Money in that huge state fund is used for medical research, and it could bring in even more dollars, The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he arrives to introduce his wife  Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.
Evan Vucci / AP

On the eve of Oklahoma’s presidential primary in March, KGOU gathered a group of undecided voters for a program we called "Super Tuesday Speed Dating." We found five undecided voters and put them in a room with surrogates from seven presidential campaigns, and our voters peppered them with questions.

As the Republican National Convention enters its third day, we decided to check back in with the GOP‐leaning voters from the program.

The control tower at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma’s U.S. Senate delegation has filed a bill to keep air traffic controllers in the industry after retirement, working as full-time instructors.

As The Journal Record's Dale Denwalt reports, they can't make more than about $16,000 dollars in post-retirement jobs right now, but the bill would exempt income earned as a trainer:

Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent Aurora Lora proposes a revised KIPP charter school expansion plan during a July 18, 2016 board meeting.
Emily Wendler / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

After months of debate, board members of Oklahoma City Public Schools voted to expand KIPP Charter Schools at Monday night’s meeting. But the expansion will not go as originally planned.

KIPP currently runs a middle school out of F.D. Moon Academy, and has been fighting to extend its rigorous academic model within the district. The charter school proposed starting an elementary school in Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary and hoped to share space with Douglass High School as well. However, Superintendent Aurora Lora says a task force will do more research to decide the locations.

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