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 21, 2013

Montgomery police are asking for the public's help in the city's latest homicide.  Emergency personnel responded to the 900 block of West Edgemont Avenue at around 1:45 Monday afternoon on a report of a subject shot.  An adult male was pronounced dead at the scene.  The preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting stemmed from an argument.  No arrests have been made.  Police are asking anyone with information of the homicide to call them at 625-2831 or the Secret Witness line at 262-4000 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP.   This is Montgomery's 41st murder of the year. 

Digital Textbooks

A pair of Republican lawmakers say they will push for a $100 million dollar bond issue to replace aging textbooks in Alabama schools with laptops and tablet computers.  Senator Gerald Dial of Lineville says the move will save money in the long run.  Senator Dial says an application process will be set up for schools to receive the digital equipment.  The bill will be introduced in the upcoming regular session in January.  Representative Jim McClendon is the House sponsor. 

Bentley Responds

Alabama's governor is brushing off criticism that he's trying to run Alabama State University and says he will continue a financial review of university spending.  Gov.  Robert Bentley released preliminary findings from a forensic audit last week.  He is president of the university board of trustees by virtue of his office, and he's called a special board meeting Oct. 28th to discuss the findings.  Some critics have accused him of trying to run the university. 

Apollo Night

The second annual Amateur Night at the Apollo is being hosted by Bama State radio on the campus of Alabama State University.  The event begins at 7 p.m. this Thursday at ASU's Lockhart gym.  Co-organizer Octavius Combs says the show will feature over 20 different acts.  Admission for Thursday's event is one dollar and the public is invited to attend. 

Alabama Academy

The Alabama Academy of Honor has added three members who achieved success in law, state government and business.  The academy held a ceremony Monday at the state Capitol to add Birmingham attorney Fournier "Boots" Gale III, former House Speaker Seth Hammett of Andalusia, and Protective Life Insurance Co. CEO John D. Johns of Birmingham.  The Legislature created the academy in 1965 to recognize Alabamians for their outstanding accomplishments and services.  Membership is limited to 100 Alabamians.