Chris McDaniel http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Behaving With Secrecy, Another State Botches Execution http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/behaving-secrecy-another-state-botches-execution <p>For the fourth time this year, an inmate's lethal injection did not go as planned. Last night, it was Arizona, but the state has company.</p><p>An Ohio inmate took 25 minutes to die in January. In Oklahoma, there were two apparent botches: In one,&nbsp; an inmate said, "I feel my whole body burning," and in another, the prisoner took more than 40 minutes to die.</p><p>But Arizona's execution took even longer. Joseph Wood's execution began at 1:52 p.m., and he died nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:12:07 +0000 Chris McDaniel 38319 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Behaving With Secrecy, Another State Botches Execution Politically Speaking: Missouri Chamber Chief Mehan Upbeat On Transportation Tax Prospects http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-missouri-chamber-chief-mehan-upbeat-transportation-tax-prospects <p class="p1">St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed Dan Mehan, president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to the Politically Speaking podcast.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:48 +0000 Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies & Jason Rosenbaum 38316 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: Missouri Chamber Chief Mehan Upbeat On Transportation Tax Prospects Video: St. Louis County Executive Candidates Talk About Themselves — And The Issues http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/video-st-louis-county-executive-candidates-talk-about-themselves-and-issues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The race for St. Louis County executive just may be the marquee in the August primary. We've </span><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/term/charlie-dooley" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">extensively covered</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the candidates and the issues, but to listen to the candidates in their own words, click on the questions below.</span></p><p><a href="#achievement">What’s your strongest achievement while in office?</a></p><p><a href="#parks">How would you improve the St. Louis County parks system?</a></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:50:54 +0000 Chris McDaniel 38259 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Video: St. Louis County Executive Candidates Talk About Themselves — And The Issues St. Louis License Collector Race Flies Under The Radar http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-license-collector-race-flies-under-radar <p>In August, two Democrats will meet in a relatively low-key primary to head an office that oversees between $50 million and $60 million each year. St. Louis' license collector is charged with collecting several taxes and issuing business licenses.</p><p>Two Democrats are vying for the office. The winner in the Aug. 5 primary will take on the Green Party candidate in November.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:20:22 +0000 Chris McDaniel 38131 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis License Collector Race Flies Under The Radar After Delays, Missouri Carries Out Sixth Execution This Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/after-delays-missouri-carries-out-sixth-execution-year <p>Late Wednesday, Missouri executed John Middleton, 54, after courts debated whether he was mentally competent as well as claims that he was actually innocent.</p><p>According to the Department of Corrections, the execution began at 6:58 p.m. and ended at 7:06 p.m.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:28:48 +0000 Chris McDaniel 38135 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org After Delays, Missouri Carries Out Sixth Execution This Year Politically Speaking: Jeff Aboussie Talks About Labor's Influence Throughout Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-jeff-aboussie-talks-about-labors-influence-throughout-missouri <p>St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed St. Louis Building and Construction Trades secretary-treasurer Jeff Aboussie to the Politically Speaking podcast.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:58:10 +0000 Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies & Jason Rosenbaum 38126 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: Jeff Aboussie Talks About Labor's Influence Throughout Missouri Amendment 5 Would Expand Gun Rights In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/amendment-5-would-expand-gun-rights-missouri <p>Amendment 5, a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot, seeks to protect further the right to bear arms.</p><p>"It's going to strengthen the protection that the right to keep and bear arms under the Missouri constitution," said Allen Rostron, a constitutional law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. "Everybody is familiar with the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, of course, but there's also a provision in the Missouri state Constitution that guarantees a right to keep and bear arms, and this is designed to strengthen that right."</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:18:41 +0000 Chris McDaniel 37991 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Amendment 5 Would Expand Gun Rights In Missouri Politically Speaking: Hot August Primary And Hot (Or Not) Prospects For Nixon, McCaskill in 2016 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-hot-august-primary-and-hot-or-not-prospects-nixon-mccaskill-2016 <p>Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo&nbsp;Mannies&nbsp;and Jason&nbsp;Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.&nbsp; This week the trio discusses the two hottest issues on the Aug. 5 ballot – the contest for St. Louis County executive and the proposed sales tax hike for transportation.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:41:26 +0000 Jo Mannies, Chris McDaniel & Jason Rosenbaum 37854 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: Hot August Primary And Hot (Or Not) Prospects For Nixon, McCaskill in 2016 Gov. Nixon Named Among Most Secretive Officials In U.S. With ‘Award’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-named-among-most-secretive-officials-us-award <p>Missouri is one of several states that are buying their execution drugs in secret. This week, the issue is getting some national attention.</p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been recognized as one of the “most secretive publicly funded agencies or people in the United States.” He’s “won” the <a href="http://ire.org/awards/golden-padlock/" style="line-height: 1.15;">Golden Padlock Award</a> from Investigative Reporters and Editors. (He was also invited to accept the award in person, but declined).</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:46:14 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Kelsey Proud 37505 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gov. Nixon Named Among Most Secretive Officials In U.S. With ‘Award’ Missouri Becomes Second State To Carry Out An Execution After Oklahoma's Botched Affair http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-becomes-second-state-carry-out-execution-after-oklahomas-botched-affair <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri carried out another execution early Wednesday. It was the state's fifth this year, and the nation's second since Oklahoma botched an execution in April.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Inmate John Winfield was put to death for murdering two people — &nbsp;</span>Arthea<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sanders and Shawnee Murphy — in St. Louis County in 1996.</span></p><p>According to a state official, Winfield was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:31:47 +0000 Chris McDaniel 37291 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Becomes Second State To Carry Out An Execution After Oklahoma's Botched Affair