Sanders Closes A Night Of Disunity By Encouraging Support For Clinton

The first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was marked by acrimony despite constant calls for unity by party leaders.Still reeling from the revelations of an email leak, supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders disrupted the proceedings throughout the night with boos and jeers. A night that was supposed to mark the beginning of a party coalescing behind its presidential nominee was instead punctuated by acts of division.The opening invocation was interrupted with chants of ...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, center, speaks as coach Steve Kerr, left and general manager Bob Myers listen during a news conference at the NBA basketball team's practice facility, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Oakland, Calif.
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The Golden State Warriors formally announced the signing of former Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Kevin Durant on Thursday. Durant publicized his decision Monday, but Thursday marked the first day free agents could sign their deals. He agreed to a two-year contract worth more than $54 million.

During a news conference at the team's practice facility in downtown Oakland, Durant said the relationships he built in Oklahoma City made the decision to leave difficult.

Dr. Scott Dellinger talks with a patient at Willowood at Mustang senior living center in Mustang.
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Last week the insurance industry group Genworth released an annual report that showed returns for home health care in Oklahoma fell in 2015 compared to previous years. But the costs for all healthcare segments in Oklahoma are going up, and the price of home healthcare rose 2.5 percent over last year.

That’s related to a nationwide trend of rising home care costs as Medicare providers try to keep chronically ill patients out of hospitals, The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports:

In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, assistant teacher D'onna Hartman smiles as she works with children at the Creative Kids Learning Center, a school that focuses on pre-kindergarten for 4- and 5-year-olds, in Seattle.
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A new study finds the country’s system for training, compensating and supporting early childhood educators is neither effective nor equitable. The Early Childhood Workforce Index report from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California found low wages and inconsistent expectations threaten early educators’ well-being, and the effectiveness of their work.

The report also faulted the lack of standard educational requirements.

The restored Electric Transformer House at 2412 North Olie Ave. in Oklahoma City.
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The latest update of the National Register of Historic Places includes the kinds of Oklahoma buildings you’d expect to be on such a list: a school in Atoka built for black students during the New Deal era, a church in Garfield County barely altered since its construction in 1928, a hotel in Guymon that’s been the tallest building in town for nearly 70 years.

But not all of the properties on the list immediately flash their historic value, like a nondescript one-room brick building in Oklahoma City called the Electric Transformer House.

Donald Trump is expected to announce his running mate any day now, and speculation is swirling about whom he might pick.

A vice presidential choice is a critical one for the Republican presumptive nominee. Not only has he never held elective office, but he still hasn't united his party around his controversial candidacy. More social media missteps this week and comments praising former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein unsettled GOP leaders even more.

Workers repair a water pipeline in north Oklahoma City.
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Oklahoma City's population continues to grow, but its residents are actually using less water than a few years ago.

The results of the city's latest water consumption survey show average residential use has fallen 3.4 percent since last year, The Journal Record’s Brian Brus reports:

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller talks to reporters in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Miller said Oklahoma is muddling through a continued economic downturn.
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Oil and natural gas production tax collections increased slightly over the past two months, although they're still well below this time last year.

Gross receipts for the month of June were $925.7 million, or 7.4 percent lower than the June 2015 total.

Fire crews work to reduce wildfire danger by clear brush through a prescribed burn in northwestern Oklahoma in April 2016.
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Fire crews worked for nearly a week to contain a wildfire that started on March 22 and torched 574 square miles of land near the Oklahoma-Kansas state line, where it destroyed homes, killed livestock and damaged thousands of miles of fence.

On Monday, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett became president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Over the weekend, the group met in Indianapolis to elect Cornett and lay out a broad policy agenda for the next year -- much of which focused on advocating in Washington. Mayors will focus on pushing for congressional funding to combat the Zika virus, improve infrastructure and treat opioid addiction.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., talks with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. on Nov. 4, 2014 shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate
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Several Oklahoma U.S. Senators and House members say they’re disappointed FBI Director James Comey recommended the U.S. Department of Justice not prosecute presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Oklahoma’s senior Republican U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe called Clinton’s use of a private email server "obvious intentional mishandling."

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