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 17, 2013

The barriers have come down at federal memorials and national parks and furloughed federal workers have returned to work today after 16 days off the job.  Only two members of the Alabama Congressional delegation, Spencer Bachus and Terri Sewell, supported a bill to reopen the federal government and raise the nation's debt ceiling. 

Infant Mortality

State health officials say Alabama's infant mortality rate increased last year to its highest rate in four years.  Officials say they were 8.9 infant deaths for every 1,000 births last year.  That means more than 500 children didn't live to their first birthday. 

Health Care Act

The Affordable Health Care Act was scrutinized last night at a workshop sponsored by 7th District Congresswoman Terri Sewell.  A few dozen people learned about the benefits of the law commonly referred to as Obamacare.  Shakita Jones with Alabama Arise said despite on-going technical glitches with a government website, Alabamians should still use it as a source of information.  The healthcare exchanges went online October 1st.  The coverage for individuals who enroll begins January 1st. 

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence was discussed at length during last night's Perspectives talk show.  Alabama State University Police Chief Jim Grayboys is spearheading a program on campus to address violence against women.  He said public awareness starts with having a conversation about the issue.  Advocates are encouraging people to participate in "Purple Lights Night" by burning a purple light every night this month to bring awareness to domestic abuse.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.