National roundup: Bart strike ends, Missouri switches execution procedures

October 22, 2013
CALIFORNIA
Tentative contract ends transit strike

San Francisco’s commuter trains lumbered back into operation for the first time in five days early Tuesday after union workers reached a tentative labor deal with management, ending a strike that paralyzed the area’s rapid-transit network.

Officials with Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, reached a settlement late Monday with two unions that represent more than 2,000 employees, capping several months of contentious negotiations over wages, benefits and workplace rules.

Because of the late hour of the deal — announced about 10 p.m. Monday — and the logistics of ramping up the system from a standstill to full capacity, BART executives said normal service was unlikely to resume before Tuesday afternoon’s rush hour.

— Reuters

NEVADA
Student shooter used gun from his home

A 12-year-old Nevada student who shot and injured two students and killed a teacher before killing himself brought the handgun from home, police said Tuesday.

Students said they cowered in fear and pleaded for their lives as the boy went on a rampage on the Sparks Middle School campus on Monday. He shot the math teacher, Michael Landsberry, in the chest on a basketball court.

Washoe County School District police revealed Tuesday that the seventh-grader brought the 9mm semi-automatic Ruger handgun from his home, but authorities were still working to determine how he obtained it.

The student’s parents were ­cooperating with authorities and could face charges in the case, police said.

— Associated Press

MISSOURI
State switches lethal injection procedures

Missouri announced Tuesday that a compounding pharmacy would supply lethal injection drugs for future executions, the latest U.S. state to turn to the lightly regulated sector after major pharmaceutical companies refused to sell drugs for executions.

The Missouri Department of Corrections said in a statement that it would switch to using a single drug, pentobarbital, for executions. Missouri had used a three-drug protocol until recently. Department spokesman David Owens refused to identify the compounding pharmacy.

Missouri announced earlier that it would search for a new drug for executions after it came under pressure from drug­makers, especially in Europe, not to use the drug propofol in executions.

— Reuters

Three killed in medical helicopter crash: Two hospital workers and a pilot were killed when a medevac crashed in Tennessee as the aircraft was headed to pick up an ailing child, officials said Tuesday. Meri Armour, president of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, said the helicopter was cleared for both weather and flight plans when it took off Tuesday morning for Bolivar. Authorities found the burning wreckage in a wooded area of Somerville, about 45 miles east of Memphis.

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