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Fifteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

3 Killed in Aberdeen, Maryland
Three individuals have been killed, and two others injured, after a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland. The female shooter died of a self-inflicted injury. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
100 Killed in Nigeria
Over 100 individuals have been killed by flooding after the Niger River and Benue River overflowed their banks. The flooding was caused by heavy rain over the past weeks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all in the affected areas.
Typhoon Mangkhut Causes Problems in the Philippines
At least 32 individuals in the mining town of Itogon have been buried in a shelter, after rains from Typhoon Mangkhut caused a landslide. Workers are currently working with bare hands to remove the rubble. Elsewhere, at least four others have been killed by the storm. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those trapped. Please pray for the safety of the rescue workers. Please pray for all those affected by the typhoon.
5 Killed in Stampede in Angola
Five football (soccer) fans were killed leaving the stadium after a game. The deceased were trampled after locked gates were opened. Seven others were injured. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
5 Killed in Mexico City
At least five individuals have been killed, and eight others injured, after gunman opened fire in Mexico City, Mexico. The gunman was dressed as mariachi player and fled the scene on a motor bike. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
9 Killed in Hengyang, China
At least nine individuals have been killed, and 43 others injured, after a man drove his SUV into Binjiang square, in Hengyang city, in Hunan province, China. The driver has been detained. Although the attack has been described as deliberate, police have not stated if the incident is terror-related. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
2 Dead At Music Festival in Australia
At least two individuals have died of suspected drug overdoses, and 700 others have sought medical treatment, at a dance music festival in New South Wales, Australia. The annual event has run since 2009, and at least two others have died in recent years. There are now calls to end the event. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
15 Killed by Hurricane Florence
At least 15 individuals have reportedly been killed due to effects of Hurricane Florence making landfall. Flooding has cut off Wilmington, North Carolina from the rest of the state, and flooding remains a concern in many other areas. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected by the storm. Please pray for the safety of rescue workers.

Update: October 28, 2015  2:27 pm EDT

 

Deja vu?  As the Ohio Department of Corrections continues to have difficulties obtaining drugs to be used in executions, the state has announced that it will, once again, delay several executions in the state.  All eleven inmates scheduled to be executed in 2016, and one in early 2017, will be delayed until 2017, or later.

 

Ohio’s last execution was Dennis McGuire in January of 2014.  During Dennis’ execution, which was performed using a never-before-used combination of drugs, he appeared to gasp and not be fully unconscious during the execution.  The execution also took approximately 25 minutes, longer than expected and longer than nearly every other lethal injection execution.  Following an in-depth investigation, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections determined that Dennis was indeed unconscious for the execution, however, they increased the amount of the drugs used during the execution.

 

Following the revision to the execution protocol, several inmates filed appeals, leading to Judge Gregory Frost to postpone all executions until the issues were resolved.  In December of 2014, Ohio passed a law which would keep the identity of those who supply executions drugs a secret.  In January of 2015, Ohio put a new execution protocol into place, which includes a new combination of execution drugs.  As Ohio did not have the necessary drugs to carry out executions, they delayed all executions until January of 2016.

  

Now, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, has once again postponed nearly all of its scheduled executions due to problems obtaining execution drugs.  Ohio has made at least one attempt to import the drugs from overseas, which the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has said cannot be done legally.  We have removed all previously scheduled Ohio executions dates from our “Scheduled Executions” tab (or click here).  We will post the new execution dates as applicable.

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