Chris McDaniel

Reporter

Chris McDaniel started at St. Louis Public Radio as a political reporter, predominantly covering the race between Senator Claire McCaskill and Congressman Todd Akin. Before coming to St. Louis, Chris worked at NPR stations in Louisville, Kentucky and Columbia, Missouri, and his work has been broadcast on NPR’s national newscasts. He is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri, where he studied journalism and political science. He is also the winner of the 2011 PAX East Super Smash Bros. Tournament. Chris enjoys dogs, anything by Cormac McCarthy, and listeners like you.

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Death Penalty
9:28 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Oklahoma Pharmacy Agrees To Not Sell Execution Drug To Missouri

Credit via Google Maps

After a lawsuit filed by a death-row inmate, the Apothecary Shoppe in Oklahoma has agreed to not sell to Missouri for its upcoming execution.

Last week, a federal judge ordered the pharmacy to hold off on selling the drug to Missouri until further review. Before that could take place, however, the pharmacy and the inmate came to an agreement.

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Death Penalty
5:25 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Judge Orders Pharmacy Not To Sell Execution Drug To Missouri, For Now

Credit via Google Maps

Update: Governor says the state is prepared to proceed regardless.

Update: Pharmacy hopes documents will be secret

A federal judge has ordered an Oklahoma-based pharmacy not to sell the Missouri Department of Corrections its execution drug, at least until a hearing scheduled for next week.

A Missouri inmate scheduled to be executed Feb. 26 sued the pharmacy, hoping to stop the supply of the drug that would soon be injected into him.

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Red Light Cameras
5:15 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

St. Louis Gets Green Light To Turn Red Light Cameras On For Now

A judge has thrown out the city of St. Louis' ordinance that allows the use of red light cameras.
(via Flickr/functoruser)

Updated at 5:15 Friday with city' plan to turn cameras back on.

Red light cameras in St. Louis City will be turned back on. Friday, a circuit court judge stayed his order from earlier in the week.

In that order, he blocked the city from enforcing its red light camera ordinance, following a lawsuit filed late last year by two women who received tickets for running red lights in St. Louis.

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Death Penalty
5:35 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

After Controversy Surrounding Executions, State Officials Testify Before House Committee

Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi testifies before the House Committee on Government Oversight.
Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Despite the controversy over how Missouri has carried out its past three executions, a state House hearing on Monday revealed little that hasn't already been reported:

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Politically Speaking
5:23 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Politically Speaking: Comptroller Green On Money Matters, Power Plays And Political Possibilities

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. 

St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green joins the podcast this week. Green is the city's chief fiscal officer and one of the longest-serving comptrollers in modern history.

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Death Penalty
9:58 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

After Supplying For Three Missouri Executions, Pharmacy Plans To Register In State

Credit via Flickr/Nottingham Vet School

An Oklahoma compounding pharmacy has supplied Missouri with the drug it's used three times to execute inmates, despite the fact that the pharmacy isn't licensed here.

Now the Apothecary Shoppe is attempting to become licensed in Missouri.

According to records obtained by St. Louis Public Radio, the Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy received a letter from the Apothecary Shoppe on Jan. 13, when the pharmacy said it was planning on registering in both Missouri and Texas.

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Live Chat
9:30 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Live Chat: St. Louis Public Radio & The Lens Discuss Lethal Injection Drug Controversy In Mo., La.

(via Wikimedia Commons/California Department of Corrections)

Thank you for joining us for the live chat, which has now concluded. The full archive of the chat is below.

The controversy surrounding the drug now used for executions in Missouri is not confined to the Show Me state. Louisiana is wrangling with a similar situation.

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Death Penalty
12:31 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Missouri Carries Out Execution After U.S. Supreme Court Removes Stays

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Updated at 1:41 a.m., Thurs., Jan. 30

Missouri inmate Herbert Smulls was put to death late Wednesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court removed two stays. He was pronounced dead at 10:20 p.m.

It was the state's third execution in as many months. The pace of one a month is a sharp uptick from recent years past, when the state has had problems getting a hold of execution drugs.

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Death Penalty
7:27 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Federal Judge Denies Stay Of Execution For Missouri Inmate

Credit (via Flickr/steakpinball)

On Monday evening, a federal judge denied Missouri inmate Herbert Smulls' request to halt his execution. On Tuesday evening, Gov. Jay Nixon denied his request for clemency.

Barring some unforeseen change, he will be put to death early Wednesday morning.

Smulls will be injected with a drug made by the Apothecary Shoppe in Oklahoma, which isn't licensed to sell in Missouri. The state has argued the drug is safe, however, by pointing to a report by a testing laboratory.

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Death Penalty
10:59 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Three Missouri Offices Are Responsible For Controversial Execution Plans

Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster (top left), Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (top right), and Director of the Mo. Department of Corrections George Lombardi (bottom left).
Lombardi: Flickr/Mo. Dept. of Public Safety Koster: via Chris Koster campaign ad Nixon: UPI/Bill Greenblatt, Capitol: St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon.

For the death penalty to be carried out in Missouri, it requires three agencies in particular to work in sync. The Department of Corrections performs the executions. The governor appoints the head of the Department of Corrections and can offer clemency to death row inmates. The attorney general defends the state when the execution method is challenged.

Each agency has found itself in the spotlight recently as Missouri's execution procedure has come under scrutiny. 

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