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 25, 2013

With Alabama's federally facilitated health insurance marketplace launching next week, the Obama administration has released figures showing the typical plan in Alabama will near the average or slightly less.  The Department of Health and Human Services says lowest -cost bronze plan in Alabama averages $247 a month. 

State Monitor

There's no word on when a state academic monitor will be sent to work with the Montgomery Public School system.  Tuesday, the Montgomery Board of Education voted for the monitor after the Alabama State Department of Education's investigation into improper grade changes expanded.  Montgomery Schools Superintendent, Barbara Thompson said the move will be more of a partnership with the state than a takeover. 

National Achievement Semifinalists

Loveless Academic Magnet Program in Montgomery honored six of its students Wednesday for being chosen as National Achievement Semifinalists.  The distinguished group is among 1,600 students nationwide.  The honor is given to the country's top scoring African-American students.  Only 800 finalists will be selected, their names will be released in the upcoming months. 

Holtville High School

21 more Alabama high schools have been selected to participate in the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program.  Schools chosen in Central Alabama include Demopolis, Holtville, Enterprise, Opp and Sylacauga high schools.  Holtville was also recently recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School.  Principal Dr. Jimmy Hull said the initiative will allow more training for teachers and will open the Advanced Placement Courses to all students.