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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Oct 15, 2013

Alabama State University officials say they are troubled that Governor Robert Bentley released the findings of a preliminary audit on the university's finances.  ASU lawyer U.W. Clemon said in a statement Monday that Bentley's action was unfair because he promised ASU officials would be allowed to review the audit reports before it was made public.  Clemon also stated that no where in the 38 paged report is there any allegation, claim or findings that any trustee, administrator or staff member stole or misappropriated funds.  A spokesman for Bentley said the governor always intended to make the audit public. 

Leonard Court Hearing

A Montgomery man charged in connection with a shooting spree during a party in Auburn last year has a court hearing today.  A Lee County Circuit judge could set a trial date for 24-year-old Desmonte Leonard.  He's accused of killing three people and wounding three others on a party in Auburn in June 2012.  The status hearing for Leonard is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Whitetail Warriors Project

A new specialty vehicle tag in Alabama is raising money to help wounded veterans go hunting.  It's called the Whitetail Warriors Project.  The vehicle tag shows a large buck and the words "Whitetail Warrior."  People can go by their county tag office to reserve one of the $50 dollar license plates.  Out of that, $43 dollars will go to the organization to purchase and retrofit golf carts.  The carts can be used in the woods and as hunting stands for wounded veterans who can't move safely in the outdoors.