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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:38 Published in Local News
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Missouri inmate scheduled for execution this month is asking a federal judge to bar a Tulsa compounding pharmacy from providing the drug to be used in his lethal injection.
Michael Taylor's lawsuit alleges that the Missouri Department of Corrections contracted with The Apothecary Shoppe to provide compounded pentobarbital for his Feb. 26 execution.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Tulsa federal court, alleges the drug could cause "an unnecessarily long and inhumane execution" for Taylor, who was sentenced to die for the 1989 rape and stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl.
A pharmacy spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday. In a statement last month, The Apothecary Shoppe would neither confirm nor deny that it provided pentobarbital for a Missouri execution held Jan. 29.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:49 Published in Local News
KENT, Ohio (AP) - Kent State University has suspended a wrestler for making a derogatory comment on his Twitter account about former Missouri football player Michael Sam, who announced he is gay.
Kent State said the suspension for Sam Wheeler was indefinite.
Wheeler first tweeted Monday using a homophobic slur, saying he couldn't watch a sports program because they were talking about Sam, who is an NFL prospect.
The 20-year-old Wheeler exchanged tweets with others who defended Sam and gays. His Twitter account was then deactivated.
Wrestling coach Jim Andrassy said he had talked to Wheeler, and the wrestler is "remorseful." There was no response to an attempt Wednesday to reach Wheeler by email.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:25 Published in National News
BOSTON (AP) - A judge has set a November trial date for Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Judge George O'Toole Jr. said Wednesday in U.S. District Court that he has set the trial for Nov. 3.
Several of the 260 people injured in the terrorist attack are in the courtroom for the hearing. Tsarnaev is not.
His lawyers had asked for a trial date no earlier than September 2015. Prosecutors want the trial this fall.
They allege that the 20-year-old Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan (TAM'-ehr-luhn), planted two homemade pressure cooker bombs near the marathon's finish line last April. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a shootout with police.
Prosecutors announced last month they will seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev, who has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal counts.