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 23, 2013

Alabama's Secretary of State want to ensure that all registered voters have the proper identification for next year's elections.  Jim Bennett issued his final rules Tuesday for implementing the photo ID law in 2014.  Bennett says his office will make free ID cards available through mobile vans, county board of registrars' offices and the state Department of Senior Services.  Those are expected to be available by January.  The new law requires that voters show a photo ID, such as a driver's license, passport or student ID from a university. 

Food Stamps

The more than 914,000 Alabamians who receive food stamps will see a reduction in their benefits in November.  The Alabama Department of Human Resources says the reduction will be felt nationwide because extra benefits that were part of the federal stimulus program in 2009 are ending.  DHR officials say the maximum monthly benefit for a family of four will drop $36 dollars.  The maximum monthly benefit for an individual will go down $11 dollars. 

Separation Agreement

A separation agreement between the Pike Road School System and Montgomery Public Schools was finalized Tuesday evening.  The MPS School Board voted 6 to nothing to approve the terms. 

Vacant Judgeship

Alabama Democratic Congresswoman Terri Sewell tells the Montgomery Advertiser that her office has received inquires from 21 people who are interested in the vacant federal judgeship in Montgomery.  Longtime Federal Judge Myron Thompson moved to senior status in August.  Sewell declined to identify the 21 applicants and said a screening committee of ex-judges and lawyers have begun interviewing the candidates. 

Gaming Ruling

Macon County casino owner Milton McGregor is criticizing Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange for comments he made after a judge in southeast Alabama ruled in favor of the state in a gambling case.  McGregor said the ruling has no bearing on gambling in Macon County.  The Houston County judge recently ordered hundreds of electronic bingo machines to be destroyed.  The machines were seized at Center Stage in Dothan.  McGregor contends the VictoryLand complex is a legal operation because Macon County citizens approved electronic bingo in 2003.