Chris McDaniel http://kbia.org en Behaving With Secrecy, Another State Botches Execution http://kbia.org/post/behaving-secrecy-another-state-botches-execution <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201108/Terrehaute_gurneyWikimediaCommonsNoahudlis.jpg" alt="" /><p>For the fourth time this year, an inmate's lethal injection did not go as planned. Last night, it was Arizona, but the state has company.<p>An Ohio inmate took 25 minutes to die in January. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:01:19 +0000 Chris McDaniel 56703 at http://kbia.org Behaving With Secrecy, Another State Botches Execution After Delays, Missouri Carries Out Sixth Execution This Year http://kbia.org/post/after-delays-missouri-carries-out-sixth-execution-year Late Wednesday, Missouri executed John Middleton, 54, after courts debated whether he was mentally competent as well as claims that he was actually innocent.<p>According to the Department of Corrections, the execution began at 6:58 p.m. and ended at 7:06 p.m.<p>"Twenty years ago, John Middleton murdered three people out of fear they would expose him as the drug dealer he was," <a href="http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2014/07/st_louis_appeals_court_overturns_john_middletons_stay_of_execution.php">wrote Attorney General Chris Koster in a statement </a>announcing Middleton's death. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:40:36 +0000 Chris McDaniel 56281 at http://kbia.org After Delays, Missouri Carries Out Sixth Execution This Year Amendment 5 Would Expand Gun Rights In Missouri http://kbia.org/post/amendment-5-would-expand-gun-rights-missouri <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit (via Flickr/M Glasgow)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/guns.jpg" alt="" /><p>Amendment 5, a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot, seeks to protect further the right to bear arms.<p>"It's going to strengthen the protection that the right to keep and bear arms under the Missouri constitution," said Allen Rostron, a constitutional law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:15:06 +0000 Chris McDaniel 56093 at http://kbia.org Amendment 5 Would Expand Gun Rights In Missouri Missouri Becomes Second State To Carry Out An Execution After Oklahoma's Botched Affair http://kbia.org/post/missouri-becomes-second-state-carry-out-execution-after-oklahomas-botched-affair <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/201406/Winfield_Photo.png" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri carried out another execution early Wednesday. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:59:22 +0000 Chris McDaniel 54741 at http://kbia.org Missouri Becomes Second State To Carry Out An Execution After Oklahoma's Botched Affair In First Four Months Of Year, Lobbyists Showered Missouri Legislators With Half Million In Gifts http://kbia.org/post/first-four-months-year-lobbyists-showered-missouri-legislators-half-million-gifts Lobbyists spend nearly $1 million each year on gifts for Missouri lawmakers. The types of gifts vary greatly -- from expensive meals and drinks to tickets for sporting events to small things like stamps and books.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit (via Flickr/401K)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/money2.jpg" alt="" /><p>Each month, lobbyists have to disclose those gifts. And, in partnership with NPR, St. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:10:17 +0000 Chris McDaniel 54698 at http://kbia.org In First Four Months Of Year, Lobbyists Showered Missouri Legislators With Half Million In Gifts Federal Judge Stays Missouri Execution Over Concerns That State Obstructed Clemency Process http://kbia.org/post/federal-judge-stays-missouri-execution-over-concerns-state-obstructed-clemency-process <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge has stayed Missouri's upcoming execution over concerns that the Department of Corrections obstructed the clemency process.</span><p>Inmate John Winfield was scheduled to be put to death on June 18 for killing two people in St. Louis County. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:59:21 +0000 Chris McDaniel 54498 at http://kbia.org Federal Judge Stays Missouri Execution Over Concerns That State Obstructed Clemency Process Judge Hears Arguments Over Missouri Execution Secrecy http://kbia.org/post/judge-hears-arguments-over-missouri-execution-secrecy <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201108/Terrehaute_gurneyWikimediaCommonsNoahudlis.jpg" alt="" /><p>In a court hearing Wednesday, the Missouri attorney general's office defended the secrecy that just last week Attorney General Chris Koster expressed concerns over.<p>Inmate John Winfield is scheduled to be executed on June 18 for murdering two people in St. Louis County in 1996. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:10:50 +0000 Chris McDaniel 54080 at http://kbia.org Judge Hears Arguments Over Missouri Execution Secrecy Oklahoma Botches Execution; Lethal Injection Issues There Mirror Missouri's http://kbia.org/post/oklahoma-botches-execution-lethal-injection-issues-there-mirror-missouris <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="This file photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner." data-attribution="Credit Uncredited AP" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/OK.jpg" alt="" /><p>Oklahoma, a state with numerous ties to the controversy over Missouri's lethal injection procedures, on Tuesday night botched what the state had hoped would be the first of two successful executions.<p>According to reports of witnesses, Clay Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:18:09 +0000 Chris McDaniel 52217 at http://kbia.org Oklahoma Botches Execution; Lethal Injection Issues There Mirror Missouri's Missouri Executes Inmate, Third This Year http://kbia.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 12:42:08 +0000 Chris McDaniel 50247 at http://kbia.org Missouri Executes Inmate, Third This Year Let The Sunshine In: Missouri Law On Open Records Lacks Teeth, Critics Say http://kbia.org/post/let-sunshine-missouri-law-open-records-lacks-teeth-critics-say <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Bill Greenblatt/UPI" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201309/NixonPodiumGreenblattMay132011.jpg" alt="" /><p>Sunday was the start of "Sunshine Week," a time to celebrate the idea of open government and open records. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:40:12 +0000 Chris McDaniel 49922 at http://kbia.org Let The Sunshine In: Missouri Law On Open Records Lacks Teeth, Critics Say Missouri Executes Second Inmate This Year - First With New Drug Source http://kbia.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 14:20:58 +0000 Chris McDaniel 48757 at http://kbia.org Missouri Executes Second Inmate This Year - First With New Drug Source Despite New Pharmacy, Federal Judges Deny Stay Of Execution For Missouri Inmate http://kbia.org/post/despite-new-pharmacy-federal-judge-denies-stay-execution-missouri-inmate <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit (via Flickr/steakpinball)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201105/gavel350Flickrsteakpinball.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal judges have ruled that Wednesday's execution may proceed.</span><p>District Judge Beth Phillips denied Missouri inmate Michael Taylor's requests for stays of execution early Monday morning. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:09:31 +0000 Chris McDaniel 48671 at http://kbia.org Despite New Pharmacy, Federal Judges Deny Stay Of Execution For Missouri Inmate Missouri Has A New Execution Drug Supplier http://kbia.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 14:58:32 +0000 Chris McDaniel 48449 at http://kbia.org Missouri Has A New Execution Drug Supplier Blunt Hopes To Honor 'Monuments Men' http://kbia.org/post/blunt-hopes-honor-monuments-men Of the roughly 350 men and women who preserved and protected art during World War II, 14 of them had ties to Missouri. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., toured the St. Louis Art Museum Wednesday to take a look at some of the pieces the so-called "monuments men" fought for.<p>The Republican has sponsored a bill to award the "monuments men" with the Congressional Gold Medal.<p>They're credited with protecting millions of cultural artifacts from the Nazis, and Blunt took a look at a couple of them during his tour.<p>"I looked at a number of pieces,” Blunt said. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:56:56 +0000 Chris McDaniel 48432 at http://kbia.org Blunt Hopes To Honor 'Monuments Men' Another Federal Judge Criticizes Missouri For Haste In Carrying Out Executions http://kbia.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. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:26:32 +0000 Chris McDaniel 48394 at http://kbia.org Another Federal Judge Criticizes Missouri For Haste In Carrying Out Executions Oklahoma Pharmacy Agrees To Not Sell Execution Drug To Missouri http://kbia.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 14:47:56 +0000 Chris McDaniel 48322 at http://kbia.org Oklahoma Pharmacy Agrees To Not Sell Execution Drug To Missouri Judge Orders Pharmacy Not To Sell Execution Drug To Missouri, For Now http://kbia.org/post/judge-orders-pharmacy-not-sell-execution-drug-missouri-now <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 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:47:11 +0000 Chris McDaniel 48082 at http://kbia.org Judge Orders Pharmacy Not To Sell Execution Drug To Missouri, For Now After Controversy Surrounding Executions, State Officials Testify Before House Committee http://kbia.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 14:46:47 +0000 Chris McDaniel 47977 at http://kbia.org After Controversy Surrounding Executions, State Officials Testify Before House Committee After Supplying For Three Missouri Executions, Pharmacy Plans To Register In State http://kbia.org/post/after-supplying-three-missouri-executions-pharmacy-plans-register-state <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit via Flickr/Nottingham Vet School" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201401/Pentobarbital.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An Oklahoma compounding pharmacy has supplied Missouri with the drug it's used three times to execute inmates, despite the fact that the pharmacy isn't licensed here.</span><p>Now the Apothecary Shoppe is attempting to become licensed in Missouri.<p>According to records obtained by St. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:46:25 +0000 Chris McDaniel 47596 at http://kbia.org After Supplying For Three Missouri Executions, Pharmacy Plans To Register In State Missouri Carries Out Execution After U.S. Supreme Court Removes Stays http://kbia.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 14:14:00 +0000 Chris McDaniel 47339 at http://kbia.org Missouri Carries Out Execution After U.S. Supreme Court Removes Stays Three Missouri Offices Are Responsible For Controversial Execution Plans http://kbia.org/post/three-missouri-offices-are-responsible-controversial-execution-plans For the death penalty to be carried out in Missouri, it requires three agencies in particular to work in sync. The Department of Corrections performs the executions. The governor appoints the head of the Department of Corrections and can offer clemency to death row inmates. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:50:10 +0000 Chris McDaniel 47229 at http://kbia.org Three Missouri Offices Are Responsible For Controversial Execution Plans Federal Judges Rule Execution Drug Supplier Can Be Secret, But Documents Point To Likely Identity http://kbia.org/post/federal-judges-rule-execution-drug-supplier-can-be-secret-documents-point-likely-identity Late Friday night, a group of federal judges found that the compounding pharmacy making Missouri's execution drug can remain secret, but new emails point to one pharmacy as the likely supplier.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we revealed in <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/investigation-missouris-execution-drug-source-raises-legal-ethical-questions" target="_blank">last month's investigation,</a> we narrowed the possible suppliers down to three pharmacies that could be supplying the execution drug to Missouri; none were licensed to do business in this state. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:01:36 +0000 Chris McDaniel 47206 at http://kbia.org Federal Judges Rule Execution Drug Supplier Can Be Secret, But Documents Point To Likely Identity Missouri Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into State's Execution Method http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-call-investigation-states-execution-method <em>Updated 1/14/14 4:43 pm with news of scheduled hearing and Speaker Tim Jones' response.</em><p>Several state lawmakers are calling for an investigation into how the Missouri Department of Corrections has carried out executions in the previous months.<p>The calls follow <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/investigation-missouris-execution-drug-source-raises-legal-ethical-questions" target="_blank">a report by St. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:24:36 +0000 Chris McDaniel 46593 at http://kbia.org Missouri Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into State's Execution Method Inmates' Lawyers Ask Mo. Board Of Pharmacy To Act Before Execution http://kbia.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. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 22:26:45 +0000 Chris McDaniel 46130 at http://kbia.org Inmates' Lawyers Ask Mo. Board Of Pharmacy To Act Before Execution Investigation: Missouri's Execution Drug Source Raises Legal, Ethical Questions http://kbia.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. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:04:28 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Véronique LaCapra 46019 at http://kbia.org Investigation: Missouri's Execution Drug Source Raises Legal, Ethical Questions Gov. Nixon Reiterates Support For Boeing To Choose St. Louis, But No Special Session Yet http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixon-reiterates-support-boeing-choose-st-louis-no-special-session-yet Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is continuing to voice his support for Boeing to choose St. Louis as its location to produce its new commercial aircraft, the 777X.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Boeing is shopping for a new location after a disagreement with the Machinists union in Washington. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 22:19:49 +0000 Chris McDaniel 44469 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon Reiterates Support For Boeing To Choose St. Louis, But No Special Session Yet Mo. Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply http://kbia.org/post/mo-moving-forward-executions-despite-secrecy-over-drug-supply A month ago, St. Louis Public Radio <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-halts-execution-using-controversial-drug-why-change-plans">reported</a> on the questionable manner in which the state of Missouri got ahold of its potential execution drug. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:40:40 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Véronique LaCapra 43792 at http://kbia.org Mo. Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply Mo. State Rep. Accused Of Stealing, Faces Pressure To Resign http://kbia.org/post/missouri-state-rep-webb-accused-stealing-numerous-campaign-violations <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><strong><em>Updated at 11:05 a.m. 11/7/2013</em></strong><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif;">Missouri Rep. Steve Webb, a Democrat from North St. Louis County, was charged Wednesday with numerous counts of campaign finance violations. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:07:01 +0000 Chris McDaniel 43374 at http://kbia.org Mo. State Rep. Accused Of Stealing, Faces Pressure To Resign Execution Drug Sources No Longer Public After Mo. Rule Change http://kbia.org/post/execution-drug-sources-no-longer-public-after-mo-rule-change Two weeks ago,&#160;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>On Tuesday, the department announced that it had chosen a new execution drug: pentobarbital. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:39:29 +0000 Chris McDaniel 42625 at http://kbia.org Execution Drug Sources No Longer Public After Mo. Rule Change Following Controversy, Missouri Selects New Execution Drug http://kbia.org/post/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.<p>The change comes following criticism of the questionable methods Missouri had 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.<p>All of the drug's manufacturers objected to this usage, and required suppliers to not sell propofol to departments of correction. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:44:49 +0000 Chris McDaniel 42545 at http://kbia.org Following Controversy, Missouri Selects New Execution Drug