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 11, 2013

Free tuberculosis testing will be provided today at Alabama State University's Dunn-Oliver Acadome.  The Alabama Department of Public Health and the ASU Health Center recently identified an ASU student with an active case of tuberculosis.  Public Health officials said around 600 students and faculty could have come in close contact with the infected student.  The tuberculosis screenings will be provided free of charge until 2 p.m. 

Protecting Students' Privacy

The Alabama Board of Education has adopted a policy that board members say is intended to assure parent and others that protecting students' privacy is a top priority.  The 6-2 vote Thursday came after stat officials received criticism that new common core standards could make student records available to the public. 

Roby Survey

If you have an opinion about the partial government shutdown, now in its 1oth day.  Montgomery Republican Congresswoman Martha Roby is asking constituents in the 2nd District to take an online survey.  It contains three questions and includes a space for comments.  Representative Roby said she want feedback on how you think Congress should proceed. 

Caspari Pleads Guilty

A Tallassee man accused of stalking and killing a 20-year-old Elmore County woman pleaded guilty to capital murder charges.  23-year-old Josh Caspari told Elmore County Circuit Judge Ben Fuller that he murdered Anna Cardwell in February 2012.  Prosecutors said the victim was targeted by Caspari because she had told another woman to end her relationship with him.  Anna Cardwell was shot to death at a residence in the Flatwood Community.  As part of a plea agreement, Caspari was sentenced to life in prison without parole. 

Teen Indictment

An Alabama teenager has been indicted in the hanging death of his 9-year-old half-sister.  St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor says 15-year-old John Dillon Salers is charged with capital murder in the May 2012 death of Katelyn Arnold of Ragland.  Minor says Salers cannot get the death penalty because he was only 14 at the time of the girl's death.