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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Bluefield Pill Initiative leads to 7-count indictment
A federal grand jury meeting in Beckley has returned a 7-count indictment alleging that a Mercer County man "distributed a quantity of hydromorphone" in the Bluefield area.
Wed Jul 30, 2014
After 23 years on death row, execution a go
'Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions ' PHOENIX On Tuesday, July 22, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Joseph Rudolph Wood, III's last minute appeal to stay his execution, siding with the Arizona Attorney General.
Mon Jul 28, 2014
Lawyer: Botched Executions Should Worry Death Penalty Backers
The drug combination that took almost two hours to kill a condemned murderer in Arizona last Wednesday is a product of death-penalty states scrambling to find and test new lethal-injection drugs, a physician told Newsmax TV on Monday.
The Plain Dealer
Flawed Arizona execution must force another look at Ohio's death cocktail: editorial
This time the backdrop was a death chamber in Arizona. Condemned killer Joseph Rudolph Wood III took an hour and 40 minutes to die from lethal injection.
Sat Jul 26, 2014
Experts decry 'failed experiment' with new death penalty drug combinations
This article titled "Experts decry 'failed experiment' with new death penalty drug combinations" was written by Ed Pilkington and Amanda Holpuch in New York and Tom Dart in Houston, for theguardian.com on Friday 25th July 2014 19.09 UTC Leading experts on the use of medical drugs in capital punishment have accused death penalty states of conducting ... (more)
Fri Jul 25, 2014
States' use of execution drugs varies widely
The prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate with a new, two-drug combo has highlighted the patchwork quilt approach that states now take with lethal drugs, with types, combinations and dosages varying widely.
What We Dona TMt Know About Lethal Injection Drugs
Wood, a convicted murderer, died Wednesday nearly two hours after receiving what authorities said was a 50-milligram dose of both the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone.
One Hour and 57 Minutes in Arizona
John Zemblidge, right, of Phoenix, leads a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents in prayer as they protest the execution of Joseph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Ariz.
Ohio's execution drugs are commonly used in everyday medical procedures
If you've ever gone in for surgery or had a colonoscopy, there's a good chance you've taken at least one of the two drugs Ohio uses to execute criminals.
Thu Jul 24, 2014
Louisiana would administer death penalty drugs used in lengthy Arizona execution
Louisiana's death penalty protocol calls for the use of the same two drugs as those administered during a botched execution in Arizona Wednesday.
No Texas Changes in Execution Procedure
Texas prison officials say they plan no changes in lethal injection procedures in the wake of problems with an execution in Arizona.
The Miami Herald
Challenges, drug shortages, mark US executions
The prolonged execution in Arizona looked troubling, but was it unconstitutional? The U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the use of lethal injection six years ago, has held that "an isolated mishap" during an execution does not violate the Eighth Amendment.
Why did execution drugs change?
Journalists called to witness the execution said it was hard to watch, as Wood snorted and gasped.
Execution stirs storm over lethal injection
Joseph Wood was supposed to go quickly and painlessly, when the State of Arizona put him to death by lethal injection on Wednesday.
New abuse-deterrent painkiller approved
In the painkiller world, oxycodone and naloxone will seem like strange bedfellows.
Wed Jul 23, 2014
Midazolam Is Common Thread in 3 Lengthy Executions
Arizona used a two-drug protocol for Wednesday's execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who had been sentenced to die for the 1989 deaths of a former girlfriend and her father.
Executed Arizona inmate 'gasping' for more than hour
Arizona inmate Joseph Wood was executed Wednesday, but not before his attorneys filed an emergency stay because he was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour" after the drugs were administered.
Tue Jul 22, 2014
US court allows Arizona execution
The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for Arizona to execute a murderer who had sought information about the lethal drugs to be used to kill him.
WPTV Local News
Cops: Duo tried to sell 52 pills to detectives
Port St. Lucie Police arrested two Jensen Beach residents Friday after they attempted to sell 52 pills of hydromorphone to detectives in a Sam's Club parking lot.