death penalty http://kcur.org en 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 On Death Row: Missouri Inmate Michael Taylor Scheduled To Be Executed http://kcur.org/post/death-row-missouri-inmate-michael-taylor-scheduled-be-executed <p>Missouri inmate Michael Taylor is scheduled to be executed just after midnight on Wednesday. Pentobarbital from an unnamed compounding pharmacy will be used.</p><p>Taylor's attorneys are concerned that the drug may cause his client unnecessary suffering because the anonymous pharmacy cannot be checked for legitimacy and any previous violations. By law, compounding pharmacies that supply lethal injection formulas in Missouri are allowed to remain anonymous.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51806 at http://kcur.org Inmate Makes The Most Of Borrowed Time In 'When I Come To Die' http://kcur.org/post/inmate-makes-most-borrowed-time-when-i-come-die <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 prisoner on death row, for a decade, prepares to die. But, then something goes wrong on the morning that's supposed to be his last - the lethal injection is not lethal. That's the premise of the production, <em>When I Come to Die</em>, at the <a href="http://www.kcrep.org/">Kansas City Repertory Theatre</a>.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:12:49 +0000 Laura Spencer & Matthew Long-Middleton 51498 at http://kcur.org Inmate Makes The Most Of Borrowed Time In 'When I Come To Die' 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 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 The Missouri Death Penalty Controversy And Voter ID In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/missouri-death-penalty-controversy-and-voter-id-kansas <p></p><p>Will Missouri inmates on death row face death by firing squad someday? After <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/16/ohio-killer-executed-with-new-lethal-drug-combo/4512651/">a recent debacle in a Ohio execution</a> and shortages of lethal injection drugs, legislators are considering alternative methods.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Host Brian Ellison talks to death penalty opponents. Later, Kansas Secretary of State Kris&nbsp;Kobach&nbsp;will discuss voter identification laws.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:37:44 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 50335 at http://kcur.org Examining The State Of The Death Penalty In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/examining-state-death-penalty-missouri <p>Before November 2013, the state of Missouri had executed two inmates over the past six years. Then, near the end of the year, two inmates were executed within three weeks of each other, and both executions used a controversial new drug protocol.</p><p>Critics question the way the state is carrying out executions, including the way the state obtains its lethal drugs. With courts still considering critical legal issues as another execution date nears, will the Department of Corrections keep pressing ahead?</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:33:40 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49532 at http://kcur.org 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 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 Exoneration On Death Row http://kcur.org/post/exoneration-death-row <p></p><div>In 1984, <strong>Kirk Bloodsworth</strong> was <strong>convicted of murder</strong>. He was released after <strong>9 years in prison</strong> and spent years asserting his <strong>innocence</strong> until DNA <strong>evidence confirmed his story</strong>.</div><div> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:03:46 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 35110 at http://kcur.org Exoneration On Death Row Top Of The Morning News: Monday, January 30, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-monday-january-30-2012 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p><ul><li>High Speed Health Care</li><li>Lawmaker Seeks To End Death Penalty in Missouri</li></ul><p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:16:02 +0000 Maria Carter 11708 at http://kcur.org