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 8, 2013

Three Montgomery Republicans are competing in today's special election to represent Alabama House District 74.  Former Montgomery County Board of Education president Charlotte Meadows is running against Montgomery County Commissioner Dimitri Polizos and Montgomery County Board of Education vice president Heather Sellers.  If no one gets a majority in today's election, a runoff will be held November 19th.  The three are vying to replace Jay Love of Montgomery who resigned in August.  The polls close at 7 p.m.

Credit Downgraded

A credit rating agency has downgraded Montgomery's credit rating, citing what it calls the city's weakened financial position.  Moody's Investor Service issued the lower rating in a report released Monday.  The capital city was downgraded from an Aa2 rating, which is third-best rating available, to an A-1 rating with a negative financial outlook.  Mayor Todd Strange said officials will continue to work on the situation. 

ADC New Leader

Former Secretary of State Nancy Worley has been elected as the first female leader of the Alabama Democratic Party.  Worley had spent the last five months as the interim chair.  She says the party is now current on bills and is no longer in danger of being evicted from its Montgomery headquarters.  Now, she will work on candidate recruitment and getting ready for the 2014 elections.  Worley said her commitment is to serve until August 2014.