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

Oct 4, 2013

A relatively quiet hurricane season in the U.S. could get a bit busier this weekend.  Tropical Storm Karen is poised to become the first named storm to hit the U.S. during what had been a relatively quiet hurricane season.  Karen is forecast to lash the northern Gulf Coast as a weak hurricane or tropical storm.  Governor Robert Bentley said Alabama emergency response agencies will be ready to respond to Tropical Storm Karen as needed. 

Alleged Gunman Charged

Authorities in Tuskegee say a 23-year-old Macon County man is behind bars charged in connection with the shooting death of a Tuskegee University senior.  Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford said Kentavious Holland, a resident of the Brownsville Community, was arrested this week and charged with murder in the death of 21-year-old Bobby Smith Jr.  Smith was shot in the back last Friday night at a block party on East Church Street.  Holland is being held without bond in the Macon County Jail. 

Affordable Health Care

A health care expert in central Alabama is applauding the Affordable Health Care Act.  Health Services CEO Bernell Mapp said there are nearly 700,000 Alabamians who don't have access to proper health care.  Mapp who operates a health clinic near the Jackson Hospital Complex, said the law will help many despite initial problems with signups on health exchange websites. 

WIC Program

A federal food program that services nearly 9 million mothers and young children could soon face funding issues because of the partial government shutdown.  Alabama and other states say they can operate the Women, Infants and Children, or WIC program, at least through the end of October.  But advocates and others worry what will happen after that.  In Alabama, there are about  140,000 WIC participants each month. 

Alabama National Fair

The 60th annual Alabama National Fair's Midway opens this afternoon.  This year's carnival will feature the usual array of entertainers, foods and thrill rides.  The fairgrounds are located at the Garrett Coliseum site on Federal Drive.  The Alabama National Fair runs through Oct. 13th.