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Change is sought regarding Missouri executions

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:19 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri state senator wants to give the Corrections Department flexibility on how it carries out executions.
Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer introduced legislation Wednesday that would allow the department to execute inmates by any lawful means. Current law permits executions only by lethal gas or chemicals.
 
Schaefer, of Columbia, says legal questions over Missouri's current use of pentobarbital shouldn't be used to block capital punishment in the state. He says his bill would give the department the necessary flexibility to carry out death sentences.
 
Missouri's next scheduled execution is Feb. 26, but its current drug supplier has said it will no longer sell compounded pentobarbital for use in lethal injections. State officials won't say whether the state has enough of the drug to proceed with next week's execution.
 

Body found believed to be missing Springfield girl

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:30 Published in Local News
 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Police say the body of a missing 10-year-old girl has been found in southwest Missouri.
Police Chief Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says search crews found a body they believe is Hailey Owens inside a suspect's Springfield home on Wednesday.
 Witnesses told police that Hailey was taken by a man in a pickup truck Tuesday evening.
 Forty-five-year-old grade school coach Craig Michael Wood is jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in Hailey's disappearance. Wood was arrested late Tuesday inside a vehicle parked outside his house. Formal charges have not been filed.
The Springfield School District says Wood is a coach and teacher's aide at a school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Hailey did not attend that school, and Williams says the two apparently didn't know each other.
 

VP Biden lauds success of stimulus package

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:17 Published in Local News
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) - Five years since the federal stimulus package was enacted, Vice President Joe Biden says during an Illinois visit that it's done its job.  The Delaware Democrat told several hundred gatherers in a warehouse at a Mississippi River port in Granite City that the spending measure staved off a U.S. depression.
Republican critics have called the stimulus effort a wasteful failure.
Biden says America must continue spending on infrastructure. He says that's what the U.S. always has done, from the Erie Canal to the transcontinental railroad and the interstate highway system.
President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion spending bill called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009.
Biden was joined by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Gov. Pat Quinn.

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