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U.S. judge blocks sale of controversial execution drug to Missouri

A U.S. judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked a pharmacy from providing a compound execution drug to Missouri jailers to use in the February 26 lethal injection of Michael Taylor, guilty in the death of a 15-year-old girl. Missouri and several other U.S. states that have the death penalty have increasingly…

Potential NFL draft pick comes out as gay; would be first openly gay football player

Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam — a USA TODAY All-America pick last season — revealed that he is gay in multiple interviews today. “I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it,” Sam told the New York Times. “I just want…

Convicted murderer executed in Missouri with the experimental chemical pentobarbital

A convicted murder was executed by lethal injection Wednesday night in the US state of Missouri, his lawyers said. Herbert Smulls, 56, was put to death after a reprieve granted by US Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito late Tuesday was lifted by the court. Smulls had challenging the use of…

Accused Maryville rapist avoids sexual assault charges, faces misdemeanor

The teenager who was accused or raping 14-year-old Daisy Coleman in Maryville, Missouri in 2012 will be charged with a misdemeanor instead of sexual assault, prosecutors said on Thursday. In a press conference, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced he had filed charges against 19-year-old Matthew Barnett for the…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama lays out his economic vision at the University of Central Missouri

Watch as President Barack Obama addresses an audience in Warrensburg, Missouri about his economic reform plans, including the budget negotiations, immigration, education and strengthening the middle class, courtesy of NBC News, below:…

Missouri threatens return of gas chambers for death row inmates

Attorney general Chris Koster says state supreme court must allow quick executions before lethal-injection drugs run out The state of Missouri is threatening to resurrect the use of the gas chamber for executions, as an alternative to its dwindling supply of lethal-injection drugs. The state’s attorney general, Chris Koster, has warned that…

Liberal group identifies 30 ALEC ‘model bills’ in Missouri

More than two dozen pieces of legislation introduced to the Missouri General Assembly over the past decade were based on “model” legislation drafted by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, according to a report by Progress Missouri. “The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate bill mill that is…

Santorum: Iranian nukes would threaten Missouri

During a campaign speech delivered in Missouri on Friday, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum did his best to make his audience shake in their boots with the specter of an Iranian nuclear attack. “Once they have a nuclear weapon, let me assure you, you will not be safe, even here…

Music Fridays: Going to Missouri Edition

I'm leaving for Missouri late this afternoon for Skepticon, but until then, I'm totally down to Panda Party. For a lot of us, it's been an emotionally wrenching week as things escalate with Occupy Wall St., so we need to listen to some tunes and have a little Friday fun…

Skepticon update

Sorry no CSA post this week—I’m traveling. Specifically, I’m in Springfield, Missouri to attend Skepticon. (I spoke yesterday for an hour on feminism and skepticism.) Lots going on, and I’ve only just now started to organize my thoughts on it. I think the biggest revelation to me has been the…

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