JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Before Governor Jay Nixon halted a planned October execution, his office received numerous messages raising concerns about plans to use the common anesthetic propofol to administer the death penalty.
Nixon also directed state prison officials to develop a new death penalty protocol. The Department of Corrections announced this past week that Missouri now will use the sedative pentobarbital in executions.
The possible use of propofol for an execution had fueled concerns that the anti-death penalty European Union could limit its export.
ANNA, Ill. (AP) — Officials at a southern Illinois food pantry say they're in dire need of help to keep their shelves stocked.
The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reported Saturday that the Shawnee Development Food Pantry in the Union County town of Anna suspended operations for two weeks earlier this month because there was no food to give away.
Officials say that's the first time in 20 years that the pantry has had to close its doors.
A truckload of food arrived a few days ago, and should last until the end of the week. But officials say they'll have to close again if no more food arrives.
They say the pantry typically serves about 200 households monthly, but that number has climbed as high as 335 households as more young families seek help.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — While states implement health insurance marketplaces this fall, Vermont is also eyeing a bigger goal that more fully embraces government-funded health care.
The state plans a 2017 launch of the nation's first universal health care system. It's a sort of a modified Medicare-for-all.
The plan is seen as especially ambitious in the current atmosphere surrounding health care in the United States, with some states and some in Congress balking at the federal health overhaul.
National experts say Vermont's plan has gone unnoticed amid the national debate over the federal law.
Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin is continuing to vow to make Vermont a place where "health care is a right and not a privilege."