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An illustration of Marcellus Williams, who is scheduled to be put to death in Missouri on Aug. 22, 2017.
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Secret sedative: How Missouri uses pentobarbital in executions

Missouri will use two of its 34 vials of the sedative pentobarbital on Tuesday when it executes Marcellus Williams, who was convicted in the 1998 killing of Felicia Gayle, a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter. The state has enough pentobarbital for 17 executions, Williams’ included, according to a document obtained by St. Louis Public Radio. No one except the state of Missouri knows where the stockpile comes from, despite lawsuits from inmates and media outlets.

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St. Louis, MO – Almost 3,000 union janitors in St. Louis have ratified a new contract, ending a seven-week strike.

The local Service Employees Union and the Contract Cleaners Association came to the four-year agreement last week. The average janitor will see an average 28% pay raise. Employers will also double their pension contributions.

St. Louis, MO – Religious leaders in the St. Louis area are condemning remarks made the Reverend Jerry Fallwell on national television Sunday.

Members of the Interfaith Partnership said Tuesday they're outraged that Fallwell called the founder of Islam a terrorist. Imam Muhammad Nur Abdullah, with the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, says the comments show ignorance and insensitivity.

Washington, DC – Most Missourians in Congress say President Bush has made a convincing case for immediate action against Iraq.

Republican Senator Kit Bond says Bush was reiterating arguments that have won broad support on Capitol Hill. Democrat Jean Carnahan says she also plans to support the resolution on giving the President war-making powers, saying she believes Saddam Hussein is an imminent threat.

St. Louis, MO – Members of the judiciary and other public officials gathered at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica yesterday to participate in an observance that recognizes the legal profession.

St. Louis' annual Red Mass is a Roman Catholic tradition that seeks to confer guidance on judges and lawyers at the start of the judicial term. Archbishop Justin Rigali gave the mass and delivered words of encouragement: "May all of you who serve justice find inspiration for your work in the spirit of truth."

Truesdale, MO – A car that was fleeing police struck and killed an officer in Warren County yesterday afternoon.

Investigators say Truesdale police officer Vernon Seals died at a St. Louis area hospital after the crash on I-70. Police say they briefly stopped a car after a home invasion in Fulton, but the suspects fled. Their car then swerved out of control and hit Seals as he stood in a ditch.

The driver of the suspects' car was also killed, and a passenger is hospitalized. He faces possible charges.

Jefferson City, MO – After three years of legal challenges by abortion opponents, Planned Parenthood has been awarded about 600-thousand dollars in state contracts for family planning services.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services contracts awarded late last month include $352,000 to Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and more than $243,000 to Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

Sedailia, MO – Eight years after impeachment ousted her from office, Democrat Judi Moriarty-Ebers is making a political comeback bid, trying to win a seat in the Missouri House.

Moriarty-Ebers was the state's first female secretary of state, and the only statewide official ever to be ousted after impeachment.

She's running against Republican incumbent Todd Smith, who voted to impeach her. Smith says he has no plans to bring up the past.

Creve Coeur, MO – Washington University researchers are using an area of St. Louis County as the site for a study on what elderly people need to live independently.
The area near the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur has a large percentage of elderly people and has been named one of nation's first Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, or NORC's.
John Morris with Washington University's Center for Aging says no one has studied such communities to see what elderly people need to continue to live independently.

Springfield, IL – Lee Daniels says he believes House Republicans will choose a new leader who will unite the party in the face of a looming budget crisis.

He says he made the decision not to seek another term as leader of the Republican caucus in the Illinois House with a heavy heart.

But he says he's proud of the legislative accomplishments he and his colleagues have made.

St. Louis – Indian-born novelist Salman Rushdie was in St. Louis yesterday to talk about his writing and his views on religious violence.

Rushdie went into hiding after the Iranian government put a price on his head following the publication of his 1989 novel, The Satanic Verses.

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