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Politics
8:01 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Behaving With Secrecy, Another State Botches Execution

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 11:36 pm

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.

An Ohio inmate took 25 minutes to die in January. In Oklahoma, there were two apparent botches: In one,  an inmate said, "I feel my whole body burning," and in another, the prisoner took more than 40 minutes to die.

But Arizona's execution took even longer. Joseph Wood's execution began at 1:52 p.m., and he died nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m.

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Crime
8:59 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Missouri schedules another execution

Michael Worthington
Credit Missouri Department of Corrections

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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Crime
8:25 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Mo. prison program donates 163 tons of produce

Credit Martin Cathrae / Flickr

A Missouri prison program has donated a record 163 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables to food pantries, shelters, churches, nursing homes and schools this year.

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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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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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Politics
5:13 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Dept. of Corrections to return shipment of propofol

Credit Nottingham Vet School / Flikr

  The Missouri Department of Corrections is sending a shipment of propofol back to the distributor, 11 months after the company urgently requested for the anesthetic to be returned.

Missouri plans to be the first state to use propofol in an execution on Oct. 23. The department says in a news release Wednesday that it has remaining inventory, but it doesn't say if enough remains for two executions scheduled in the coming weeks.

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Crime
5:20 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Columbia remembers Tom Clements

Tom Clements
Credit Missouri Department of Corrections

Friends and family gathered in Woodcrest Chapel on Friday to honor the life of Tom Clements, the Colorado Department of Corrections executive director who was killed March 19.

Clements lived in Columbia for 27 years before moving to Colorado in 2011. He and his family attended Woodcrest for 15 of those years. Clements worked at the Missouri Department of Corrections for about three decades, working his way up from probation officer to director of the Division of Adult Institutions.

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Politics
8:17 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Slain Colorado prisons leader lived in Columbia

The shooting death of Colorado's top prisons official is resonating in Columbia, where the former Missouri Department of Corrections administrator raised a family and lived for decades.

Like many state government workers, Tom Clements commuted to Jefferson City from Columbia.
Former neighbor Chuck Headley says Clements was a serious bicyclist and devoted father whose job overseeing Missouri's 20 adult prisons didn't outwardly intrude upon their quiet suburban neighborhood.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Bill calls for review of comparative cost of death penalty

KBIA file photo

Democrat State Senator Joe Keaveny introduced Senate Bill 786 Monday, which would require state auditors to compare the cost of the death penalty with other sentences.

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