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Virginia Keeping Drug Used In Botched Executions

One of the drugs used in three recent botched executions will remain part of Virginia's lethal injection protocol.

Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor said Friday that officials aren't considering eliminating midazolam as one of three drugs that can be used as the first dose in Virginia's three-drug cocktail. Midazolam was one of the drugs used in bungled executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona.

Traylor says Virginia's three-drug protocol is not comparable to the two-drug protocol used in Arizona on Wednesday, when an inmate gasped for breath for more than 90 minutes before dying.

Virginia added midazolam to the protocol in February and has not yet used it in an execution. Eight men are on Virginia's death row. No execution dates are scheduled.

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Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.
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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."

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