Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

The Old State Capitol — where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "A house divided" speech in 1858 warning against the ills of slavery and where Barack Obama launched his presidential bid in 2007 — served as the backdrop for Clinton as she spoke of how "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."

Episode 711: Hooked on Heroin

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When we meet the heroin dealer called Bone, he has just shot up. He has a lot to say anyway. He tells us about his career--it pretty much tracks the evolution of drug use in America these past ten years or so. He tells us about his rough past. And he tells us about how he died a week ago. He overdosed on his own supply and his friend took his body to the emergency room, then left.

New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Sep 19, 2013

State workers will have to dole out more money to pay for health insurance, starting next year.  The Alabama Employees Insurance Board voted to increase co-pays for urgent care, emergency room visits and outpatient surgeries.  The board said the increases were necessary to address a $36 million dollar deficit.  The increase goes into effect January 1st. 

Payday Loans

Alabama's Banking Department plans to start a database of payday loans to make sure lenders don't issue more of the loans than state law allows.  State law prohibits payday lenders from issuing new loans to customers who have more than $500 dollars in existing payday loan debt.  Governor Bentley said there is no uniform, statewide database to ensure compliance.  He also said the database will help keep consumers from being trapped by debt.  Banking Superintendent John Harrison said the database should be operational by January.

Auction Benefits ASU

Alabama State University stands to benefit from the sale of several highly sought documents that once belonged to the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior.  King's former personal secretary, Maude Ballou, is selling the collection of notes and speeches that were written during the early days of the civil rights movement.  ASU officials said the university will receive a portion of the proceeds.  The money will be used to fund scholarships and the school's library.  The MLK collection is scheduled to be sold October 17th at an auction in New York City. 

Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays will visit Montgomery next March to play an exhibition baseball game against the Montgomery Biscuits.  The announcement was made by Biscuits owner Sherrie Myers.  She calls the game a must-see sporting event for everyone.  The game at Riverwalk Stadium will be played March 29th.  Myers said tickets are available with one of the season tickets packages.

Commissioner Discovers Body

Pike County Commissioner, Homer Wright found a body in a pond Wednesday morning.  He made the grisly discovery while cutting grass around the pond.  Troy Police have yet to identify the remains.  Wright believes the body is that of a 44-year-old man who was reported missing earlier this month.