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."

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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

Oct 3, 2013

Alabamians who are able to get into the new health insurance marketplace website aren't finding much choice.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is the only insurance company offering individual plans in most counties.  Humana is offering plans in Jefferson, Madison and Shelby counties.  United Healthcare is not participating.  The Department of Health and Human Services say Alabama has the least choices of any of the 36 states with federally operated exchanges. 

Fatal Accident

A fiery crash last night in Montgomery has left a driver dead.  According to police, the crash occurred just after 7 p.m. on Interstate 65 between the Edgemont Avenue Exit and the South Boulevard.  Officers said the motorist was killed when the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into several trees, then exploded into flames.  The deceased driver's name was unavailable. 

Thompson Leaving

By mutual agreement, the Montgomery County School Board and Superintendent Barbara Thompson have decided to go separate ways.  Board members voted 5 to 2 to accept the separation agreement at  Wednesday at a specially called meeting.  Thompson made no statement at the meeting, but her attorney acknowledged her acceptance. 

Wind Creek Jobs

A long line of people waited for hours to fill out a job application at the new Wind Creek Casino in Wetumpka.  About 1,000 people attended a job fair Wednesday at the Wetumpka Civic Center.  The Poarch Band of Creek Indians said they expect to hire more than 500 employees.  The multi-story hotel and casino complex is expected to be completed early next year. 

Health Care Center

The Department of Veterans Affairs is slated to begin construction of a new health care center in east Montgomery.  An article in today's Montgomery Advertiser states the $35 million dollar, 153,000 square foot facility will be built near the intersection of Chantilly Parkway and Ryan Road.  The paper said the VA hospital will house a laboratory, a radiology clinic, a dental clinic, a women's health clinic and offer ophthalmology services to veterans.  Construction on the new VA hospital is scheduled to start this month.