ST. LOUIS (AP) - The planned use of a common anesthetic in a Missouri execution next month is raising concerns that the anti-death penalty European Union could limit export of the drug, endangering the supply to thousands of hospitals and clinics across the U.S.
Convicted killer Allen Nicklasson is scheduled to die Oct. 23 in the first execution to use propofol.
Fifty million vials of propofol are administered annually in the U.S. during surgery and other procedures requiring anesthetic. Roughly 85 percent of the U.S. supply is made in Europe by the German company Fresenius Kabi.
But the EU prohibits trade in goods that could be used for executions and is reviewing whether to subject propofol to controls that could slow export to the U.S.
Fresenius Kabi has launched a website expressing its concerns.
A Jefferson County man is in serious condition after he was run over by his son and stepdaughter.
The incident happened Thursday night. Police say the man started arguing with his son and tried to pull him out of his pick up truck. In the struggle the father was knocked down and the son ran him over. Police say the stepdaughter also ran over the man with an SUV.
The search continues for both suspects. The father remains hospitalized.
A couple flying from Oklahoma to Indiana was forced to make an unexpected stop in St. Charles County.
Lieutenant Dave Tiefenbrunn with the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department says the engine in their Cessna died and the pilot was forced to put the plane down in cornfield.
The field is near the community of New Town. No on eon the plane was injured.