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ST. LOUIS - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to halt Earl Forrest's execution hours before the Missouri man is scheduled to die by injection.

The court issued its ruling without comment today. Forrest is scheduled to die tonight at the state prison in Bonne Terre for the 2002 killings of Harriett Smith and Michael Wells in a drug dispute and Dent County Sheriff's Deputy Joann Barnes in a shootout that followed at Forrest's home.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, denied a clemency request earlier today.

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A lawsuit against Missouri over lethal injection policies for executions has been dismissed.

Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce on Monday dropped the case.

A group of Missouri taxpayers and former lawmakers had claimed the state illegally obtains the drug pentobarbital that is used to put inmates to death. They also said the state receives the drug through an illegal prescription.

Lawyers for the Missouri attorney general's office had asked the judge to dismiss the case because it wrongly sought to privately enforce federal food and drug laws.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has canceled an execution for one death row inmate and scheduled a different man to be put to death next month.

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Death-row lawyers and other opponents say the nation's third botched execution in six months is more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has set an Aug. 6 execution for a St. Louis area man convicted of raping and killing a neighbor nearly two decades ago.

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A federal appeals court in St. Louis has set a September hearing in the case of a Missouri man whose late May execution was delayed by the U.S. Supreme Court hours before he was scheduled to die.

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What happens now to a Missouri inmate after a rare last-minute stay of execution from the U.S. Supreme Court will be up to other judges.