Chris McDaniel http://kcur.org en Missouri Executes Inmate, Third This Year http://kcur.org/post/missouri-executes-inmate-third-year <span style="line-height: 1.5;">At 12:01 Wednesday morning, Missouri executed inmate Jeffrey Ferguson, marking the state's fifth execution in as many months.</span><p>Ferguson was put to death for the brutal murder and rape of a 17-year-old St. Charles County girl.&#160;The crime occurred in 1989, and the victim’s father, Jim Hall, said the punishment was long overdue.<p>“It’s been 25 years of pins and needles," Hall said. "Every time the appeal went up, you waited to find out what happened. That’s exactly where we’ve been. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:49:09 +0000 Chris McDaniel 53217 at http://kcur.org Missouri Executes Inmate, Third This Year Missouri Executes Second Inmate This Year - First With New Drug Source http://kcur.org/post/missouri-executes-second-inmate-year-first-new-drug-source <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit UPI/Mo.Dept. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:15:28 +0000 Chris McDaniel 51850 at http://kcur.org Missouri Executes Second Inmate This Year - First With New Drug Source Missouri Has A New Execution Drug Supplier http://kcur.org/post/missouri-has-new-execution-drug-supplier Although the state's previous drug supplier says it will not supply for the next execution, Missouri says it's found another willing pharmacy.<p>On Monday, the Apothecary Shoppe in Oklahoma reached a settlement with an inmate who had sued the pharmacy. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:11:02 +0000 Chris McDaniel 51553 at http://kcur.org Missouri Has A New Execution Drug Supplier Another Federal Judge Criticizes Missouri For Haste In Carrying Out Executions http://kcur.org/post/another-federal-judge-criticizes-missouri-haste-carrying-out-executions Missouri's recent executions have sparked controversy lately -- not just for the secrecy and the source of the execution drug but also for the state's speed in carrying them out.<p>The Department of Corrections has carried out three executions in as many months. In all those cases, the inmate still had appeals pending at the time the state executed him.<p>It's something <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/02/america-is-terrible-at-killing-people-legally-103243.html" target="_blank">legal experts</a> have expressed concern and alarm over. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:13:20 +0000 Chris McDaniel 51473 at http://kcur.org Another Federal Judge Criticizes Missouri For Haste In Carrying Out Executions Oklahoma Pharmacy Agrees To Not Sell Execution Drug To Missouri http://kcur.org/post/oklahoma-pharmacy-agrees-not-sell-execution-drug-missouri <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit via Google Maps" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201402/Apothecary_Shoppe_0.png" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a lawsuit filed by a death-row inmate, the Apothecary Shoppe in Oklahoma has agreed to not sell to Missouri for its upcoming execution.</span><p>Last week, a federal judge ordered the pharmacy to hold off on selling the drug to Missouri until further review. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:57:54 +0000 Chris McDaniel 51437 at http://kcur.org Oklahoma Pharmacy Agrees To Not Sell Execution Drug To Missouri Judge Orders Pharmacy Not To Sell Execution Drug To Missouri, For Now http://kcur.org/post/missouri-inmate-hopes-stop-death-penalty-drug-its-source <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit via Google Maps" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201402/Apothecary_Shoppe.png" alt="" /><p><a href="#update" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update: Governor says the state is prepared to proceed</strong><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;regardless.</strong></a><p><a href="#update2"><strong>Update: Pharmacy hopes documents will be secret</strong></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge has order Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:13:24 +0000 Chris McDaniel 51194 at http://kcur.org Judge Orders Pharmacy Not To Sell Execution Drug To Missouri, For Now After Controversy Surrounding Executions, State Officials Testify Before House Committee http://kcur.org/post/after-controversy-surrounding-executions-state-officials-testify-house-committee <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi testifies before the House Committee on Government Oversight." data-attribution="Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:15:50 +0000 Chris McDaniel 51097 at http://kcur.org After Controversy Surrounding Executions, State Officials Testify Before House Committee Missouri Carries Out Execution After Supreme Court Removes Stays http://kcur.org/post/missouri-carries-out-execution-after-supreme-court-removes-stays <p>Missouri inmate Herbert Smulls was put to death late Wednesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court removed two stays.</p><p>Smulls was executed for the 1991 shooting death of Stephen Honickman, a Chesterfield jeweler.</p><p>Stephen Honickman’s wife, Florence Honickman, was also shot by Smulls. Following the execution, she said the appeals process went on far too long.</p><p>“It was a long day. And it could have been done a lot easier — and it was easier on Mr. Smulls. Much more so than it was on my husband and myself,” Honickman&nbsp;said.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:28:48 +0000 Chris McDaniel 50502 at http://kcur.org Missouri Carries Out Execution After U.S. Supreme Court Removes Stays http://kcur.org/post/supreme-court-justice-temporarily-halts-execution-missouri-inmate <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit via Flickr/katieharbath" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201401/US_Supreme_Court_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><em>Updated at 1:41 a.m., Thurs., Jan. 30</em><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri inmate Herbert Smulls was put to death late Wednesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court removed two stays. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:41:38 +0000 Chris McDaniel 50437 at http://kcur.org Missouri Carries Out Execution After U.S. Supreme Court Removes Stays Inmates' Lawyers Ask Mo. Board Of Pharmacy To Act Before Execution http://kcur.org/post/inmates-lawyers-ask-mo-board-pharmacy-act-execution Lawyers representing death row inmates have filed a complaint with the Missouri Board of Pharmacy, citing St. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:34:27 +0000 Chris McDaniel 49215 at http://kcur.org Inmates' Lawyers Ask Mo. Board Of Pharmacy To Act Before Execution Investigation: Missouri's Execution Drug Source Raises Legal, Ethical Questions http://kcur.org/post/investigation-missouris-execution-drug-source-raises-legal-ethical-questions <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/California Department of Corrections)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201311/executiongurneybwcropped_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><em>In an investigation spanning the past few months, St. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:09:56 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Véronique LaCapra 49165 at http://kcur.org Investigation: Missouri's Execution Drug Source Raises Legal, Ethical Questions Mo. Carries Out Execution After Court Vacates Stays http://kcur.org/post/mo-carries-out-execution-after-court-vacates-stays <strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update 7:52 a.m 11/20/13:</strong><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri carried out the execution of Joseph Paul Franklin a little after 6 a.m. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:07:43 +0000 Kelsey Proud & Chris McDaniel 47128 at http://kcur.org Mo. Carries Out Execution After Court Vacates Stays Missouri Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply http://kcur.org/post/missouri-moving-forward-executions-despite-secrecy-over-drug-supply <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">A month ago, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/">St. Louis Public Radio</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-halts-execution-using-controversial-drug-why-change-plans"><font color="#0c4ca2">reported</font>&nbsp;on the questionable manner</a> in which the state of Missouri got ahold of its potential execution drug. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:29:29 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Véronique LaCapra 46845 at http://kcur.org Missouri Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply See Which Missouri Legislators Took Gifts From Lobbyists http://kcur.org/post/see-which-missouri-legislators-took-gifts-lobbyists <p></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:03:34 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Briana O'Higgins 46357 at http://kcur.org See Which Missouri Legislators Took Gifts From Lobbyists Execution Drug Sources No Longer Public After Mo. Rule Change http://kcur.org/post/execution-drug-sources-no-longer-public-after-mo-rule-change <p></p><p>Two weeks ago,&nbsp;Gov. Jay Nixon <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-halts-execution-using-controversial-drug-why-change-plans" target="_blank">instructed the Missouri Department of Corrections</a> to come up with a new procedure for carrying out lethal injections.</p><p>On Tuesday, the department announced that it had chosen a new execution drug: pentobarbitol. But the state also made a change that will end up making it harder, if not impossible, to know where the drugs come from.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:47:02 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Véronique LaCapra 45705 at http://kcur.org Execution Drug Sources No Longer Public After Mo. Rule Change Following Controversy, Missouri Selects New Execution Drug http://kcur.org/post/following-controversy-missouri-selects-new-execution-drug-0 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">On Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Corrections announced that it had selected a new drug for upcoming executions: pentobarbital.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:04:24 +0000 Chris McDaniel 45660 at http://kcur.org Gov. Nixon Changes Plans, Halts Execution Using Controversial Drug http://kcur.org/post/gov-nixon-changes-plans-halts-execution-using-controversial-drug <p>On Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon&nbsp;<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/execution-using-controversial-drug-halted-missouri-governor-requires-different-injection-method">postponed the execution of an inmate</a>&nbsp;that was set for later this month. That execution was going to be carried out using&nbsp;propofol, a common anesthetic that has never been used in a lethal injection before. So why the change in plans?</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:33:32 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Véronique LaCapra 45223 at http://kcur.org Gov. Nixon Changes Plans, Halts Execution Using Controversial Drug Mo. Attorney General Accuses Walgreens Of 'Deceptive Pricing Schemes,' Files Lawsuit http://kcur.org/post/mo-attorney-general-accuses-walgreens-deceptive-pricing-schemes-files-lawsuit <em>Updated 5:12 p.m. with comment from Walgreens.</em><p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is accusing Walgreens of engaging in false and deceptive pricing schemes, that he said amounts to stealing.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In St. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:22:50 +0000 Chris McDaniel 42707 at http://kcur.org Mo. Attorney General Accuses Walgreens Of 'Deceptive Pricing Schemes,' Files Lawsuit Missouri Speaker Says Tax Veto Override Unlikely http://kcur.org/post/missouri-speaker-says-tax-veto-override-unlikely <p>The income tax bill that would eventually reduce income tax rates by about a half of a percent is likely to not be brought up in veto session next month, according to Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones a Republican from Eureka.</p><p>Jones said he currently doesn't have the votes necessary for an override of the governor's veto.</p><p>"Overriding the veto would be monumental at this point," Jones said. "I likely would not attempt an override."</p><p>Jones added that lawmakers' stances on the bill could be in flux.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:07:06 +0000 Chris McDaniel 41153 at http://kcur.org In St. Louis, Nixon Goes On Offensive Against Income Tax Bill http://kcur.org/post/st-louis-nixon-goes-offensive-against-income-tax-bill Expect to see a lot of ads leading up to September, paid for largely by one man.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Libertarian Rex </span>Sinquefield<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has given nearly $2.4 million to groups backing a possible cut to Missouri's income tax.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In response, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has gone on the offensive, attacking the income tax bill and defending his veto.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking in St. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:16:21 +0000 Chris McDaniel 40481 at http://kcur.org In St. Louis, Nixon Goes On Offensive Against Income Tax Bill Nixon Signs Legislation Dealing With Children, Dismisses Call For Session On School Transfers http://kcur.org/post/nixon-signs-legislation-dealing-children-dismisses-call-session-school-transfers Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns, requiring screening for a heart defect and dealing with mandatory reporters of child abuse.<p>Nixon held a bill signing ceremony Tuesday at St. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:22:55 +0000 Chris McDaniel & The Associated Press 39905 at http://kcur.org Nixon Signs Legislation Dealing With Children, Dismisses Call For Session On School Transfers Missouri Legislators Got $730K In Gifts From Lobbyists During Session http://kcur.org/post/missouri-legislators-got-730k-gifts-lobbyists-during-session <p>With May's lobbying numbers in, and Missouri's legislative session completely behind us, we now have a complete picture of Missouri's lobbying system.</p><p>With the final tally, legislators took in $731,000 from lobbyists hoping to gain influence. All of this took place in just five months.</p><p><strong>May's findings</strong></p><p>As usual, the vast majority of May's lobbyist spending went to groups instead of individual legislators. Lobbyists spent about $70,000 on groups and committees, which don't disclose the recipients.</p><p>A few noteworthy gifts in May:</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:18:03 +0000 Chris McDaniel 39465 at http://kcur.org Why Missouri's Lobbying System Isn't As Open As You'd Think http://kcur.org/post/why-missouris-lobbying-system-isnt-open-youd-think-0 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nice restaurants in Jefferson City should be sad to see the Missouri Legislative session end. They’ve received tens of thousands of dollars worth of business from lobbyists courting Missouri’s legislators over dinners and drinks.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Who were the legislators taken out for expensive meals? Well, in many cases, we don’t really know.</span></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 14:29:48 +0000 Chris McDaniel 37232 at http://kcur.org Who Are Missouri's Biggest Lobbyists? http://kcur.org/post/who-are-missouris-biggest-lobbyists <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit " typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201304/money-present.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.lobbyingmissouri.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Infographics: Explore the Numbers</strong></a><p><span style=" Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:58:57 +0000 Chris McDaniel 34930 at http://kcur.org Who Are Missouri's Biggest Lobbyists? Blunt, McCaskill At Odds Over Background Check Bill http://kcur.org/post/blunt-mccaskill-odds-over-background-check-bill <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201212/BluntMcCaskillMashupFlickrGageSkidmoreAndSenatorMcCaskill.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri’s U.S. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:41:00 +0000 Chris McDaniel 34888 at http://kcur.org Mo. Legislators Received More Than $330,000 From Lobbyists In Two Months http://kcur.org/post/mo-legislators-received-more-330000-lobbyists-two-months <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201304/Lobbyist.png" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.lobbyingmissouri.org/" style="color: rgb(12, 76, 162); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Infographics: Explore the Numbers</strong></a><p><span style="line-height: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:40:29 +0000 Chris McDaniel 34887 at http://kcur.org Mo. Legislators Received More Than $330,000 From Lobbyists In Two Months Missouri Senators Disagree About Gun Control http://kcur.org/post/missouri-senators-disagree-about-gun-control <p>After the tragedy in Connecticut,&nbsp;many are now looking to Congress and the President to enact legislation that will curb gun violence. But Missouri’s Senators don’t agree on what that response should be. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:14:49 +0000 Chris McDaniel 29288 at http://kcur.org Missouri Senators Disagree About Gun Control Nixon Re-Elected, Defeats Spence http://kcur.org/post/nixon-re-elected-defeats-spence <p>In a state that went overwhelmingly for Mitt Romney, Democrat Jay Nixon was re-elected to a second term as governor of Missouri.&nbsp; Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:55:11 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & Chris McDaniel 27228 at http://kcur.org Nixon Re-Elected, Defeats Spence Jobs Are The Focus Of Race For Missouri Governor http://kcur.org/post/jobs-are-focus-race-missouri-governor <p></p><p>Four years ago, Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon was elected by 19 points--a landslide. But this time around, it may not be so easy for him.</p><p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:18:43 +0000 Chris McDaniel 27075 at http://kcur.org Jobs Are The Focus Of Race For Missouri Governor Akin On ‘Dog’ Comment: Everybody Knew What I Meant http://kcur.org/post/akin-dog-comment-everybody-knew-what-i-meant <p>Republican Congressman Todd Akin is defending his statement comparing his opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, to a dog. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:55:45 +0000 Chris McDaniel 26395 at http://kcur.org Akin On ‘Dog’ Comment: Everybody Knew What I Meant