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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Oct 2, 2013

Things were a bit bumpy Tuesday, the first day Alabamians could sign up for health insurance under the Health Care law.  The initial signup yesterday began with a stalled website, an error message and menu that didn't work.  In 36 states, including Alabama, where the federal government is running the marketplaces, a snag involving security questions on users' accounts cropped up repeatedly, preventing many from completing their enrollment. 

MPS Superintendent

Montgomery County School Board members could be preparing to terminate Superintendent Barbara Thompson's contract.  Thompson was hired in 2009.  Thompson said she is prepared to forge ahead and asked for continued prayers and support for our children, my board employees and me.  The school board meets at noon today. 

Seatbelts

More than half of the people killed so far this year in traffic accidents on Alabama highways were not wearing seatbelts.  The state Department of Public Safety reports 367 traffic deaths through September.  The department says 302 of the fatalities were in vehicles equipped with seat belts, and 178 victims were not using the seat belts. 

Serial Burglar

Millbrook Police need your assistance in finding a serial burglar.  According to Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, a single male is believed to responsible for multiple business burglaries in Millbrook.  On September 25th, surveillance video captured a male stealing goods from Tobacco Plus, Majestic Nail and Nail Tech.  The suspect was seen driving away in a 1995 or 1996 white Ford Ranger pickup truck.  CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to his arrest.  The number is 215-STOP.