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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WVAS Local News

Sep 20, 2013

A state court official said new judicial appointments will have to be made to hear separate gambling cases pending in Macon and Greene Counties.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports today that all the qualified judges in Macon County have recused themselves from a case in which the state attorney general wants to have electronic gambling machines and money seized at VictoryLand forfeited to the state.  The Alabama Supreme Court ordered Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young to step down from the case.  The State Administrative Office of the Courts is responsible for appointing judges to hear the gambling cases. 

Food Stamps

Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell was the only member of Alabama's seven-member House Delegation to reject legislation that would slash the nation's food stamp program.  Republicans narrowly approved the bill Thursday that would cut the program nearly four billion dollars annually.  Kimble Forrister with Alabama Arise said conservatives should leave the program alone.  

Body Identified

Police in Troy have identified a body found in a pond as Robert Earl Teague of Troy.  Police said investigators do not believe foul play is involved in the man's death.  Teague was reported missing on September 14th and found four days later by a Pike County Commissioner who was cutting grass around the pond on Diana Street.  The body was found on Wednesday. 

ASU Football

The Alabama State University Football team will be looking to notch another victory when they entertain Grambling State University Saturday afternoon.  The Hornets enter the contest with a 1 and 2 record.  The Tigers are 0 and 2.  The game is at 5 p.m. at the new ASU football stadium.  The game can be heard on WVAS 90.7 FM.