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 teacher of the year for 2013 was in Washington D.C. Wednesday speaking at a symposium on Common Core standards.  Suzanne Culbreath is a supporter of the standards, particularly Alabama's version-called Alabama College and Career Ready standards.  Culbreath was an outspoken advocate of the standards during an attempt to repeal them during this year's state legislative session.  Opponents worry that the standards represent a federal intrusion into the curriculum of individual states. 

Montgomery's 42 Homicide

Montgomery's homicide rate stands at 42 for the year.  Montgomery Police say an 18-year-old male found dead Tuesday morning behind a residence on Cedar was the victim of foul play.  Jevonte Scott of Montgomery according to police died of multiple gunshot wounds.  The circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting are under investigation.  No arrests have been made. 

Childcare Rating System

A new childcare rating system may soon be available to Alabama parents.  The pilot program called, "Alabama Quality STARS" gives parents and the public a better understanding of quality childcare.  50 child care centers across the state are voluntarily participating.  The program will end in June of 2014. 

Magic City

The 72nd annual State Farm Magic City Classic is just days away and already preparations are underway in the city of Birmingham.  The annual matchup between Alabama State University and Alabama A&M brings a multitude of people into the area.  Birmingham Mayor William Bell says having a strong presence at the game is a great thing for his city.  The year marks the 5th consecutive year that State Farm Insurance has served as the capital sponsor of the event.