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 10, 2013

Officials at Alabama State University and the Alabama Public Health officials are working together to investigate a case of pulmonary tuberculosis that was identified in an ASU student.  University officials have notified around 600 students and faculty who may have come into close contact with the student.  Alabama State requires all students to show documentation before beginning classes to prove they have tested negative for tuberculosis.  Doctors say TB is a treatable and preventable disease. 

Good Shepherd

A Montgomery police department initiative aimed at sending clergy members to crime scenes has caught criticism from an atheist organization and the American Civil Liberties Union.  Operation Good Shepherd faces scrutiny.  Leaders of the groups say the program raises First Amendment concerns.  Montgomery Public Safety Director Chris Murphy says he'll discuss the initiative with the groups, but said that it's meant to lower Montgomery's violent crime rate. 

Counterfeit Currency

Authorities in Chilton County say a 25-year-old Clanton man is accused of printing counterfeit currency.  According to the Clanton Police Department, Terron Corey Mims faces multiple counts of possession of a forged instrument and could face additional charges. 

ASU Football

Two high-powered offenses will be on display when the Alabama State University Football team host SWAC rival Prairie View A&M Saturday afternoon.  It's a 1 p.m. kickoff for Saturday's SWAC showdown in new ASU Stadium.  The game can be heard live on WVAS-FM.