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

According to economic data released this week much of Alabama was still in recession last year.  The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that eight out of 12 metro economies in the state experienced a pullback in gross domestic product.  That included Montgomery with a decrease of 0.6 percent.  Auburn Montgomery professor and respected economist Dr. Keivan Deravi says the Capitol City's economy receded even with gains in manufacturing and construction.  The most sluggish metro economies in the state last year, according to these figures, were Gadsden, Mobile, Tuscaloosa and Anniston.  At the same time, the more robust economies were in Birmingham-Hoover, Florence-Muscle Shoals, Auburn-Opelika and Decatur. 

Possible Tuition Cuts

Alabama's Community College System in many ways has become a producer for employees for industrial manufacturers in the state.  In fact, with the increase in demand for these types of workers, the state has to find new ways of meeting the need.  Alabama's Postsecondary Chancellor Dr. Mark Heinrich says reducing tuition at two-year colleges would help.  Currently tuition is one-hundred and eleven dollars per credit hour for in-state students at Community Colleges.  Dr. Heinrich would like to cut that by half.  He says the resulting higher employment would more than offset the costs on the front end. 

Paying it Forward

A former resident of Pike Road, Alabama, is spearheading an effort to reward a homeless man in Boston who turned in a backpack he found filled with $40,000 dollars in cash and traveler's checks.  After reading media accounts of Glen James' honesty, Ethan Whittington, a native of Pike Road, who now lives in Virginia, started a fund for James on the crowd funding website gofundme.com.  Donations have exceeded $100,000 and growing.  Whittington said he hopes to raise $250,000 for James.