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MO Supreme Court sets execution dates for 2 inmates

Thursday, 15 August 2013 01:07 Published in Local News

   Two Missouri death row inmates now know when they're slated to die.  The state's high court on Wednesday set execution dates for long-serving inmates Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin.  

   Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster last month had asked the court to move forward with their sentences.  

   The court didn't explain why it decided to set the dates.  Executions in Missouri have been on hold since 2012 when a federal court challenge was raised over the use of the drug propofol in executions in the state.   

   Nicklasson's execution is set for October 23rd and Franklin's is November 20th.

   Nicklasson was convicted of the 1994 killing of Excelsior Springs businessman Richard Drummond, who stopped to help when a car used by Nicklasson and two others broke down on Interstate 70 in Callaway County.  Another man in the car, Dennis Skillicorn, was executed in 2009.

   Franklin was convicted of the 1977 sniper shooting of Gerald Gordon as a crowd dispersed from a bar mitzvah at the Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel Congregation in Richmond Heights. Two others were wounded.

 

   Sunset Hills aldermen are expected to give final approval at their next meeting to a measure that will allow bow hunters to hunt deer inside the city limits.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that aldermen gave initial approval this week to a plan aimed at controlling the rising deer population.  

   Under the plan, bow hunters would need a valid hunting license and an insurance policy or indemnity bond worth at least two-million dollars.  They'd have to hunt from a 10 foot high deer stand and only on parcels of one acre or larger.  

   Officials will host a forum next Tuesday evening at 7 (Aug. 20) at City Hall to answer residents' questions.

Metro union workers symbolic vote: 2 yes, 1 no.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 04:21 Published in Local News

   It appears union workers and Metro Transit still have a long way to go before agreeing on new contracts.  Union members from the St. Louis area cast a symbolic vote Tuesday.  

   Labor leaders says workers voted in favor of a mediator's recommendations related to pensions and pay but rejected recommendations related to health insurance.  

   John Nations, Metro president and CEO says the transit agency doesn't have the money to meet workers demands.  He's urging the two sides to sit down and negotiate.

   Union officials say they don't expect a strike this month, but say if transit officials don't negotiate in good faith, a work stoppage could come next month.

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