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Apr 7, 2014

U.S. appeals court overturns stay of execution in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, April 7 (Reuters) – Texas will carry out the
execution of convicted murderer Ramiro Hernandez this week after
a U.S. appeals court on Monday ruled that the state does not
have to reveal where it gets its lethal injection drug.

Texas is set to execute Hernandez, a 44-year-old Mexican
native, on Wednesday for breaking into the home of a couple in
1997, beating a man to death and raping his wife.

Apr 6, 2014

U.S. lawmaker urges easing gun rules on bases after Fort Hood shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers should look at arming commanders and easing restrictions for carrying weapons on military posts in the United States in the wake of a deadly shooting at the Fort Hood base in Texas, a prominent congressman said on Sunday.

The remarks came as the Fort Hood Army base set up a mental health hotline over the weekend for those who carry emotional scars or feel traumatized after suspected gunman Ivan Lopez, 34 and under psychiatric evaluation, shot dead three people, wounded 16 and then turned the gun on himself in the second deadly rampage at the post in five years.

Apr 3, 2014

Appeals court allows Texas executions to proceed

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court overturned a temporary stay of execution on Wednesday for two Texas inmates challenging the state’s lack of disclosure about the supplier of the drugs to be used in their lethal injections this month.

The decision puts back on track an execution scheduled for Thursday evening that had been suspended temporarily earlier on Wednesday by a federal judge in Houston, who found that Texas has hidden information about the supplier of the drugs.

Apr 3, 2014

U.S. appeals court allows Texas executions to proceed

AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court
overturned a temporary stay of execution on Wednesday for two
Texas inmates challenging the state’s lack of disclosure about
the supplier of the drugs to be used in their lethal injections
this month.

The decision puts back on track an execution scheduled for
Thursday evening that had been suspended temporarily earlier on
Wednesday by a federal judge in Houston, who found that Texas
has hidden information about the supplier of the drugs.

Apr 3, 2014

One killed, 14 wounded at Fort Hood shooting in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – One person was killed and 14 wounded in a shooting on Wednesday at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, the site of another rampage in 2009, a U.S. official said.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity and noted the information was preliminary, said he could not confirm reports the shooter had been killed.

Apr 2, 2014

Shooter at Fort Hood Army base in Texas, injuries reported: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – At least one gunman opened fire at Fort Hood on Wednesday, injuring an unknown number of people at the U.S. Army base in central Texas that was the scene of a shooting rampage in 2009, officials said.

“There has been a shooting at Fort Hood and injuries are reported. Emergency crews are on the scene. No further details are known at this time,” the base said in a statement.

Apr 2, 2014

US judge halts Texas executions over drug supplier information

AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge has
temporarily suspended the execution of two inmates planned for
this month in Texas, saying the state has hidden information
about the supplier of the drug to be used in the lethal
injections.

“The court stays plaintiffs’ scheduled executions until the
information identified is produced,” U.S. District Judge Vanessa
Gilmore wrote in Houston in a temporary injunction issued on
Wednesday.

Mar 28, 2014

Louisiana faced with revealing lethal injection details to inmate

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – The Louisiana Department of Corrections does not plan to appeal a U.S. Court decision this week that compels it to reveal to inmates on death row the content and maker of drugs used in lethal injections, a prisons official said on Friday.

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday was one in a series in favor of inmates who have sought delays for their execution while they seek information about the contents of lethal injection cocktails and clarity on who would be supplying the drugs.

Mar 28, 2014

Texas executes man who killed food delivery woman with bat

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas executed convicted murderer Anthony Doyle on Thursday as it kept the pace of executions steady while other states have had to postpone capital punishments because they cannot obtain drugs used in lethal injections.

Doyle, 29, was convicted of beating food delivery woman Hyun Cho, a South Korean native, to death in 2003 with a baseball bat, putting her body in a trash can and stealing her car.

Mar 28, 2014

Appeals court upholds restrictive Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court upheld a Texas law on Thursday that places restrictions on abortions, saying a provision requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was a reasonable regulation.

Those opposed to the law have said it amounts to a veiled attempt to limit abortions by imposing costly and unnecessary regulations, adding that the law may be copied by other states trying to limit abortions within their borders.