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 7, 2013

Alabama State Troopers are investigating traffic fatalities in Montgomery and Dallas counties.  Both occurred Saturday.  Troopers said a single-vehicle crash in rural Montgomery county claimed the life of a Ramar man.  46-year-old Kenneth Boswell died when the car he was driving overturned on Montgomery County 39, two miles south of Ramar.  The accident occurred around 7:30 Saturday night. 

A separate crash in Dallas County Saturday afternoon around 5 p.m. left another motorist dead.  Troopers said 55-year-old Darrell Brown of Minter died when the care he was driving left the roadway and overturned on Dallas County 85, about 12 miles south of Sardis.  Troopers said neither was wearing a seat belt. 

MPS Action Plan

An action plan meeting about Montgomery Public Schools was held Monday.  The Leadership Team Orientation, spearheaded by State Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice and interim Montgomery Schools Superintendent Margaret Allen focused on developing an improvement strategy for area public schools.  The meeting also outlined plans for a 30-60-90 day turnaround. 

Utility Scams

The Alabama Attorney General's office as well as Alabama Power Company are warning consumers about a widespread scam that tries to fraudulently collect payments from utility customers.  The callers pretend to be a representative of a utility or phone company and threaten to disconnect the service if a payment is not rendered immediately, usually by credit card or a disposable debit card.  Consumer Protection Specialist Emily Nichols with the Attorney General's Office's says residents should screen their calls.  Nichols says the scammers have  become so sophisticated, a victim's caller ID service can indicate that a utility company is calling, even when it's not.  The number for the Consumer Protection Division is 1-800-392-5658.