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Morning Buzz- 5 things to know for July 20

Posted at 10:29 AM, Jul 20, 2016

1. The Republican National Convention reaches its halfway point today, after Donald Trump finally claimed the party’s presidential nomination in a roll call vote Tuesday.

In keeping with tradition, Trump’s running mate, Indiana governor Mike Pence, will get his moment in the sun and address the nation in primetime.

Other key speakers will include Eric Trump, the third child of Donald Trump and first wife Ivanka Trump, along with Texas senator Ted Cruz, a former presidential hopeful who’s probably thinking ahead to 2020.

2. Several dogs from the now-closed puppy boutique are now ready for adoption.

You may remember, the Barking Boutique was forced out of Woodland Mall earlier this month after outrage from animal activists.

When the store closed, Bissell pet foundation stepped in and bought six of the dogs.

For the past week, those puppies have been living in foster care.

If you want to adopt one of those puppies, click here.

3. Today the Kent County Animal Shelter in Grand Rapids is offering adult cats for free, and kittens for half the price.

They're normally $40, but today you can get one for $20.

All of the cats that are available for adoption have already been spayed or neutered, and they're up to date on their vaccinations.

Plus, they're micro-chipped.

To apply for adoption, all you need to do is provide a photo ID with a current address, and fill out a form.

These deals are good through Friday.

4. Ever wonder if the Taylor Swift you're following on Twitter is really her? The social media company is implementing an application process for celebrities in the US to verify their accounts.

Twitter made the announcement Tuesday and said they wanted to make it easier for users to find authentic creators and influencers on the social media platform.

Verified users have a blue badge icon by their name. Twitter says it currently has close to 187,000 verified accounts.

5. Pokémon Go is finally coming home.

While the popular smartphone game from Nintendo is available in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, its biggest market, Japan, will get to check the game out today.

Japan will also host the first sponsored locations, with McDonald’s turning several of its restaurants into gyms where players train their characters. The hit game is an augmented virtual reality experience where players capture pocket monsters called Pokémon.

Nintendo is based out of Kyoto, Japan and the company has seen its stock nearly double since the game's launch.