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Death Penalty
9:41 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Missouri Swore It Wouldn’t Use A Controversial Execution Drug. It Did.

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 4:51 pm

(Updated at 10:51 am, Thurs., Sept. 4 with further response from the Department of Corrections)

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Government
1:56 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Kansas City Religious Leaders Ask Gov. Nixon For Death Penalty Moratorium

A group of religious leaders who oppose the death penalty deliver a letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's downtown Kansas City office asking for a stay of execution.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

Kansas City faith leaders are calling on Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to halt an execution scheduled for next week.

A dozen religious leaders met Tuesday to deliver a letter to Nixon's downtown Kansas City office asking for a meeting with the governor to discuss a moratorium on the death penalty in Missouri.

"Each time the state of Missouri executes, whether the person is guilty or innocent, I am made a murderer, just like any other, and my faith convicts me to say no," says retired United Church of Christ minister Jane Fisler Hoffman, the organizer of the event.

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Government
7:15 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Missouri Executes Second Inmate This Year - First With New Drug Source

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 5:06 pm

Wednesday's execution of Michael Taylor marked the state's fourth in as many months - a dramatic uptick from recent years.

The state put Taylor to death for abducting, raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in 1989. Gov. Jay Nixon called the crime "wanton" and "heinous" in a statement denying clemency and said the death penalty was the appropriate punishment.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

On Death Row: Missouri Inmate Michael Taylor Scheduled To Be Executed

Missouri inmate Michael Taylor is scheduled to be executed just after midnight on Wednesday. Pentobarbital from an unnamed compounding pharmacy will be used.

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.

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Performance
10:12 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Inmate Makes The Most Of Borrowed Time In 'When I Come To Die'

Will Cobbs (as Damon Robinson) reads a letter sent to a family member that was returned to him unopened.
Don Ipock Kansas City Repertory Theatre

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, When I Come to Die, at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

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Lethal Injection
8:11 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Missouri Has A New Execution Drug Supplier

via Flickr/Nottingham Vet School

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 10:02 am

Although the state's previous drug supplier says it will not supply for the next execution, Missouri says it's found another willing pharmacy.

On Monday, the Apothecary Shoppe in Oklahoma reached a settlement with an inmate who had sued the pharmacy. Although the terms were confidential, the pharmacy agreed to not sell to Missouri for its upcoming execution.

In a court filing Wednesday evening, the state said inmate Michael Taylor was trying to cut off the supply of the state's execution drug.

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Government
5:13 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Another Federal Judge Criticizes Missouri For Haste In Carrying Out Executions

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 4:31 pm

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.

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.

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Government
8:15 am
Tue February 11, 2014

After Controversy Surrounding Executions, State Officials Testify Before House Committee

Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi testifies before the House Committee on Government Oversight.

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 6:30 pm

Despite the controversy over how Missouri has carried out its past three executions, a state House hearing on Monday revealed little that hasn't already been reported:

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Central Standard
9:37 am
Tue January 21, 2014

The Missouri Death Penalty Controversy And Voter ID In Kansas

Will Missouri inmates on death row face death by firing squad someday? After a recent debacle in a Ohio execution and shortages of lethal injection drugs, legislators are considering alternative methods.

Host Brian Ellison talks to death penalty opponents. Later, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will discuss voter identification laws.   

Guests: 

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Central Standard
12:33 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Examining The State Of The Death Penalty In Missouri

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.

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?

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Government
7:34 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Inmates' Lawyers Ask Mo. Board Of Pharmacy To Act Before Execution

A container of pentobarbital. Missouri's execution drug isn't like this one though, which is made by a manufacturer. The state is instead relying on a compounding pharmacy to emulate the drug.
via Flickr/Nottingham Vet School

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:36 pm

Lawyers representing death row inmates have filed a complaint with the Missouri Board of Pharmacy, citing St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon’s investigation from earlier this week.

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Government
4:47 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Execution Drug Sources No Longer Public After Mo. Rule Change

A picture of propofol, a drug Mo. was planning to use for lethal injection. Under the state's new rule, showing who made or supplied the drug would be illegal.
Credit Veronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

Two weeks ago, Gov. Jay Nixon instructed the Missouri Department of Corrections to come up with a new procedure for carrying out lethal injections.

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.

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Government
8:04 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Following Controversy, Missouri Selects New Execution Drug

On Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Corrections announced that it had selected a new drug for upcoming executions: pentobarbital.

The change comes following criticism of the questionable methods by which Missouri obtained the drug it had previously planned to use, as well as concern that its use could harm hospitals throughout the U.S. The state had planned to use a common anesthetic named propofol, which has never been used to carry out an execution.

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Government
8:33 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Gov. Nixon Changes Plans, Halts Execution Using Controversial Drug

Gov. Jay Nixon has halted the first lethal injection execution scheduled to use the drug propofol.
Credit Veronique Lacapra / KWMU

On Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon postponed the execution of an inmate that was set for later this month. That execution was going to be carried out using propofol, a common anesthetic that has never been used in a lethal injection before. So why the change in plans?

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Up to Date
11:03 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Exoneration On Death Row

Gavel statue in Columbus, Ohio.
Sam Howzit

In 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth was convicted of murder. He was released after 9 years in prison and spent years asserting his innocence until DNA evidence confirmed his story.

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Headlines
8:16 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, January 30, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • High Speed Health Care
  • Lawmaker Seeks To End Death Penalty in Missouri

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