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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Attorneys for Missouri death row inmate Michael Taylor continue the effort to spare his life, even as a federal judge has turned down some of his requests for a stay of execution.
 
U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on Monday refused to halt the execution based on separate claims that Missouri's one-drug execution method could cause a painful death, and that the state in three recent executions put inmates to death while court cases were still pending. Taylor's attorney, John Simon, appealed to a federal appeals court.
 
Phillips is still considering another stay request, a claim that Taylor had an ineffective attorney at his original trial.
 
Taylor faces execution at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for abducting, raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989.
 
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Police in Columbia, Illinois are hoping the public can help locate a suspected truck thief.

 

Investigators say Jeremy Davis and two suspects stole a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer filled with construction equipment last week. Davis’ last known address was in Waterloo, but police believe he is currently staying in St. Louis.

 

Anyone who has information on Davis' whereabouts is asked to call the Columbia, Illinois police 618-281-5151.

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's biggest business advocacy group is calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

The legislation passed last week has triggered a national backlash from supporters of gay rights, and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is among business groups requesting a veto.

The chamber said Monday the bill could hurt tourism, make it hard to recruit new businesses and open the door to lawsuits against businesses.

But conservative groups supporting the legislation are pushing back and hoping Brewer signs it in to law.

The state Senate is expected to formally send the already approved bill to Brewer as early as Monday afternoon. She would then have five days to act.

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