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 16, 2013

A Global automotive supplier announced Wednesday that it will open a new assembly plant warehouse in Montgomery.  Denso Corporation's decision represents a $2.2 million dollar investment, mostly in equipment.  Production Control and Logistics Director for Denso Mike Bowman says the company will be leasing a 103-thousand square foot warehouse on Smothers Road in east Montgomery.  Bowman says Montgomery is situated close to many of its suppliers and has a skilled workforce to draw from.  Jobs will range from office and personnel management to warehouse shipping and receiving and light assembly.  The facility is scheduled to begin operations in April 2014. 

ASU President

The interim president of Alabama State University is upset with Governor Robert Bentley.  Dr. William Harris told a crowd at Wednesday's Bridge Builders Breakfast that he and other ASU officials were blindsided by the release of a preliminary audit on the university's finances.  Dr. Harris said the findings are misleading and he accused the governor of making a power play.  State Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery also weighed in on the ASU audit flap.  He said it appears Gov. Bentley is not being fair. 

Confederate Memorial

A federal judge has ordered both side to attend a settlement conference in a lawsuit over construction at a confederate memorial site in Selma.  The conference is planned for November 8th in an effort to resolve the issue before it goes to trial.  A Richmond, Virginia-based mining company is suing the city of Selma and its police chief over the stoppage of work on the Nathan Bedford memorial in a Selma cemetery.  The city maintains that its actions were reasonable and it has legal immunity.