Chris McDaniel

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Chris McDaniel is a student newscaster for KBIA.

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Crime
7:40 am
Thu July 17, 2014

After Delays, Missouri Carries Out Sixth Execution This Year

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:00 pm

Late Wednesday, Missouri executed John Middleton, 54, after courts debated whether he was mentally competent as well as claims that he was actually innocent.

According to the Department of Corrections, the execution began at 6:58 p.m. and ended at 7:06 p.m.

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Politics
7:15 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Amendment 5 Would Expand Gun Rights In Missouri

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 9:45 pm

Amendment 5, a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot, seeks to protect further the right to bear arms.

"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. "Everybody is familiar with the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, of course, but there's also a provision in the Missouri state Constitution that guarantees a right to keep and bear arms, and this is designed to strengthen that right."

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Politics
7:59 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Missouri Becomes Second State To Carry Out An Execution After Oklahoma's Botched Affair

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:48 pm

Missouri carried out another execution early Wednesday. It was the state's fifth this year, and the nation's second since Oklahoma botched an execution in April.

Inmate John Winfield was put to death for murdering two people —  Arthea Sanders and Shawnee Murphy — in St. Louis County in 1996.

According to a state official, Winfield was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

In First Four Months Of Year, Lobbyists Showered Missouri Legislators With Half Million In Gifts

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 2:36 pm

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.

Each month, lobbyists have to disclose those gifts. And, in partnership with NPR, St. Louis Public Radio has a website (LobbyingMissouri.org) that keeps track of it all.

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Crime
7:59 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Federal Judge Stays Missouri Execution Over Concerns That State Obstructed Clemency Process

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:07 pm

A federal judge has stayed Missouri's upcoming execution over concerns that the Department of Corrections obstructed the clemency process.

Inmate John Winfield was scheduled to be put to death on June 18 for killing two people in St. Louis County. Before an execution can occur in Missouri, the governor must first make a decision on clemency -- whether or not the inmate's life should be spared.

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Politics
8:10 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments Over Missouri Execution Secrecy

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 4:56 pm

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.

Inmate John Winfield is scheduled to be executed on June 18 for murdering two people in St. Louis County in 1996. His lawyer, Joe Luby, argued in the Cole County 19th Judicial Circuit Court that the Missouri Department of Corrections is violating the sunshine law by keeping secret the identity of the supplier of the execution drug.

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NPR Story
3:18 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Oklahoma Botches Execution; Lethal Injection Issues There Mirror Missouri's

This file photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner.

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 9:15 am

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.

According to reports of witnesses, Clayton Lockett writhed in pain on the gurney after he awoke following a doctor's declaration that he was unconscious. He died of an apparent heart attack at 7:06 p.m., more than 40 minutes after the first drug was injected at 6:23 p.m.

Robert Patton, director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, said Lockett's vein had collapsed.

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Crime
7:42 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Missouri Executes Inmate, Third This Year

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:33 am

At 12:01 Wednesday morning, Missouri executed inmate Jeffrey Ferguson, marking the state's fifth execution in as many months.

Ferguson was put to death for the brutal murder and rape of a 17-year-old St. Charles County girl. The crime occurred in 1989, and the victim’s father, Jim Hall, said the punishment was long overdue.

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Politics
8:40 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Let The Sunshine In: Missouri Law On Open Records Lacks Teeth, Critics Say

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 11:58 am

Sunday was the start of "Sunshine Week," a time to celebrate the idea of open government and open records. But in Missouri, you might want to hold off on popping the champagne.

Missouri's sunshine law, which allows the public to ask government officials for things like emails, documents and other records, doesn't have much teeth.

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Crime
8:20 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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NPR Story
5:09 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Despite New Pharmacy, Federal Judges Deny Stay Of Execution For Missouri Inmate

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:05 pm

Federal judges have ruled that Wednesday's execution may proceed.

District Judge Beth Phillips denied Missouri inmate Michael Taylor's requests for stays of execution early Monday morning. Her ruling was appealed to a panel of 8th Circuit judges, who affirmed her decision.

Taylor asked for his execution to be delayed for three reasons.

1. Missouri changed its drug supplier at the last minute.

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Politics
8:58 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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NPR Story
5:56 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Blunt Hopes To Honor 'Monuments Men'

Blunt speaks outside of the St. Louis Art Museum.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 4:39 pm

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.

The Republican has sponsored a bill to award the "monuments men" with the Congressional Gold Medal.

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.

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Politics
8:26 am
Wed February 19, 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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Politics
8:47 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Oklahoma Pharmacy Agrees To Not Sell Execution Drug To Missouri

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 1:54 pm

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.

Last week, a federal judge ordered the pharmacy to hold off on selling the drug to Missouri until further review. Before that could take place, however, the pharmacy and the inmate came to an agreement.

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Politics
7:47 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Judge Orders Pharmacy Not To Sell Execution Drug To Missouri, For Now

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:42 pm

Update: Governor says the state is prepared to proceed regardless.

Update: Pharmacy hopes documents will be secret

A federal judge has ordered an Oklahoma-based pharmacy not to sell the Missouri Department of Corrections its execution drug, at least until a hearing scheduled for next week.

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Politics
8:46 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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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

After Supplying For Three Missouri Executions, Pharmacy Plans To Register In State

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:51 pm

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.

Now the Apothecary Shoppe is attempting to become licensed in Missouri.

According to records obtained by St. Louis Public Radio, the Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy received a letter from the Apothecary Shoppe on Jan. 13, when the pharmacy said it was planning on registering in both Missouri and Texas.

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Crime
8:14 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Missouri Carries Out Execution After U.S. Supreme Court Removes Stays

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 1:28 pm

Updated at 1:41 a.m., Thurs., Jan. 30

Missouri inmate Herbert Smulls was put to death late Wednesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court removed two stays. He was pronounced dead at 10:20 p.m.

It was the state's third execution in as many months. The pace of one a month is a sharp uptick from recent years past, when the state has had problems getting a hold of execution drugs.

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NPR Story
2:50 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Three Missouri Offices Are Responsible For Controversial Execution Plans

Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster (top left), Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (top right), and Director of the Mo. Department of Corrections George Lombardi (bottom left).
Lombardi: Flickr/Mo. Dept. of Public Safety Koster: via Chris Koster campaign ad Nixon: UPI/Bill Greenblatt, Capitol: St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon.

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 1:58 pm

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. The attorney general defends the state when the execution method is challenged.

Each agency has found itself in the spotlight recently as Missouri's execution procedure has come under scrutiny. 

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Politics
8:01 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Federal Judges Rule Execution Drug Supplier Can Be Secret, But Documents Point To Likely Identity

(via Wikimedia Commons/California Department of Corrections)

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 5:31 am

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.

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NPR Story
4:24 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into State's Execution Method

(Flickr/neil conway)

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 5:27 am

Updated 1/14/14 4:43 pm with news of scheduled hearing and Speaker Tim Jones' response.

Several state lawmakers are calling for an investigation into how the Missouri Department of Corrections has carried out executions in the previous months.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Thu January 2, 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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Politics
8:04 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Investigation: Missouri's Execution Drug Source Raises Legal, Ethical Questions

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 1:11 pm

In an investigation spanning the past few months, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon has discovered the state of Missouri may be ignoring its own laws in carrying out the death penalty by buying execution drugs from a pharmacy not licensed to do business in Missouri.

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NPR Story
4:19 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Gov. Nixon Reiterates Support For Boeing To Choose St. Louis, But No Special Session Yet

Nixon, speaking at the podium for Progress 64 West.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 8:44 pm

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.

Boeing is shopping for a new location after a disagreement with the Machinists union in Washington. The company and has since met with governors in numerous states. Nixon met with Boeing last week, and said he will work quickly with the state’s legislative leaders to craft a proposal to lure the aerospace company.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Mo. Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply

(via Wikimedia Commons/California Department of Corrections)

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 3:32 pm

A month ago, St. Louis Public Radio reported on the questionable manner in which the state of Missouri got ahold of its potential execution drug. Now Missouri has a new plan to go ahead with two upcoming executions, but the process is anything but open.

Updated 11/14/13 3:24 p.m.

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NPR Story
5:07 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Mo. State Rep. Accused Of Stealing, Faces Pressure To Resign

State Rep. Steve Webb (D, North St. Louis County)
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications/cropped by St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 4:51 pm

Updated at 11:05 a.m. 11/7/2013

Missouri Rep. Steve Webb, a Democrat from North St. Louis County, was charged Wednesday with numerous counts of campaign finance violations. Webb is facing considerable pressure from his party to step down, but has not decided if he will resign.

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Politics
4:39 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.
Veronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 5:05 pm

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: pentobarbital. 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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Politics
4:44 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Following Controversy, Missouri Selects New Execution Drug

Lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison.
California Department of Corrections

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:30 pm

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 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.

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Under the Microscope
7:24 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Why Gov. Nixon halted an execution over propofol concerns

Credit Veronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

On Friday, Governor 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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