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The use of heroin is on the rise in the Tennessee Valley, and Huntsville’s Partnership for a Drug-free community is holding a town hall meeting to inform the public about the latest drug trends. Deborah Soule, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug Free Community, talked with Ginny Kennedy about why this drug is making a comeback and what members of the community are doing about it. The town hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 29, at 1:30 PM the Madison County Public Health Auditorium on Max Luther Drive.

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Officials who were attempting to put inmate Joseph Wood to death today instead watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour, Wood's attorney says.

The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.

The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors.

The radical Islamic State and former associates of Saddam Hussein have fought together against Iraq's government. But the fault lines between the unlikely partners are beginning to show.

Around the U.S., food assistance agencies are trying to come up with new ways to feed hungry kids in the summer. In Hopkins County, Ky., they're using mobile vans to take food to where kids live.

A new book claims the organic label can't be trusted, especially on food that's imported. Yet there is a global system for verifying the authenticity of organic food, and it mostly seems to work.

Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington, including one that has stretched over 250,000 acres.

Republicans say a sting in which false identities were used to sign up for health care has revealed a major problem. Democrats question the premise that people would try to steal insurance.

Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.

Israel says the recent killing of a Palestinian teenager was an act of terror and his family is eligible for state benefits. This doesn't sit well with one group that assists Jewish victims of terror.

Hailed as a "national hero," Dr. Sheik Umar Khan has treated more than a hundred Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Now the 39-year-old is fighting for his life in an isolation ward.

Sexual assault convictions have been handed down to some Egyptian men, after several women were attacked during celebrations for incoming President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Funeral services are being held for Eric Garner, a New York City man who died in police custody. The incident is prompting the NYPD to rethink how it trains all its officers in the use of force.

The governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state. But the mayor of Des Moines and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor.

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