Indiana use of new execution drug draws opposition
Written by TOM COYNE, Associated Press   
Friday, 30 May 2014 21:56
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The maker of a drug Indiana wants to use for its first execution since 2009 says the anesthetic, which has never been used in lethal injections, isn't approved for that purpose and that it only recently learned of the state's intentions.

Stephen Mock, spokesman for Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey-based Par Pharmaceutical, said Friday the company didn't know Indiana had purchased Brevital for use in an execution until seeing news reports about it. He said the company is amending its distribution agreements to state that the product should not be sold to departments of correction but won't try to stop Indiana from using the Brevital it already has.

Indiana officials are standing by their decision to switch to Brevital because of a shortage of sodium thiopental. They say the drug, a powerful anesthetic used in hospitals for decades, is appropriate for an execution.

"Brevital, the way we intend to use it, will do exactly what it's intended purpose is, which is to induce a deep, painless, unconsciousness," Department of Correction spokesman Doug Garrison said Friday.

3 found dead after Indianapolis officer wounded
Written by CHARLES D. WILSON, Associated Press   
Friday, 30 May 2014 21:55
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two women were found dead inside an Indianapolis home Friday morning after a gunman was killed in a shootout with police in the latest bout of violence that's troubled the city in recent months, police said.

Other officers found the suspected gunman dead between two houses following the shootout around 7:15 a.m.

Bailey identified the women as Julia Morrow, 84, and her granddaughter, Inity Morrow, 30. Police did not say whether the women were shot. A coroner will determine their cause of death, police said.

Police identified the suspect as 36-year-old Quintico Goolsby of Indianapolis. Police said they are investigating any relationship between him and the women.

Ohio man seeks execution delay for kidney donation
Written by KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press   
Friday, 30 May 2014 13:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio child killer who wants to donate a kidney to his mother before his execution is requesting another reprieve after the state rejected his first organ donation request.

Attorneys for the inmate, Ronald Phillips, want the execution delayed until 2016. They say by then, Phillips' 66-year-old mother either will achieve necessary weight loss to safely undergo transplant surgery or likely will succumb to complications of kidney disease.

Phillips' latest request to Gov. John Kasich's office was filed this month. A message seeking comment was left Friday for the governor's spokesman.

Phillips, 40, is out of appeals. He was sentenced to die for the rape and death of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, in Akron in 1993.

Lisa Lagos, one of Phillips' attorneys, said they are hopeful the state will work with them on the reprieve request.

"We all have the same goal, just trying to get the best outcome," Lagos said. "You know, this execution is going to happen no matter what. ... As the governor said, if a life can be saved, that should be allowed to happen."

The prison system rejected the last-minute organ donation request Phillips made in November, but Kasich delayed his execution until July 2 to give the state time to see whether it was possible to comply.

Administration proposes updated Great Lakes plan
Written by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer   
Friday, 30 May 2014 13:34

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing an updated blueprint for Great Lakes environmental restoration that puts greater emphasis on climate change and using science to select projects and measure their effectiveness.

Congress has appropriated roughly $1.6 billion for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, with the first installment in 2010. The administration is proposing to extend the program another five years.

The initiative is designed to accelerate progress toward dealing with the freshwater seas' most pressing environmental threats, including toxic pollution, invasive species, loss of wildlife habitat and runoff that causes toxic and nuisance algae blooms.

A task force including 11 federal agencies and led by the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft of the updated plan Friday for public review. A final version is scheduled for adoption by Oct. 1.

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Man cited after 2-hour lockdown at Detroit airport
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 30 May 2014 13:17

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — An Arkansas man has been cited for re-entering a secure area at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus without a security check, causing a more than two-hour lockdown and delaying some flights.

Airport spokesman Mike Conway says 22-year-old Christian Smith posted bond Friday morning and was released.

Smith was arrested Thursday night by airport police after exiting and going back into a secured side of a screening checkpoint. The Associated Press left a phone message Friday afternoon at Smith's address in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Conway says 34th District Court in Romulus will contact Smith regarding a hearing date.

Conway also said all flights delayed at the McNamara Terminal were able to take off Thursday night.

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