Congressman Morgan Griffith — a persistent critic of the Environmental Protection Agency — says a Supreme Court ruling yesterday is “good news” that sends an important message to federal regulators. The court blocked an Obama administrative initiative meant to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Griffith spoke with WFIR’s Evan Jones.
BEDFORD, Va. (AP) _ A perjury charge stemming from an investigation into the 1975 disappearance of two Maryland sisters is heading to a Bedford County grand jury. 65-year-old Patricia Jean Welch of Hyattsville, Maryland, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Monday. A judge sent the case to a grand jury, which will consider the charge July 7. Prosecutor Randy Krantz says Welch was charged after appearing before a special grand jury investigating the case of 10-year-old Katherine Lyon and 12-year-old Shelia Lyon. The girls disappeared after walking to a shopping mall in Wheaton, Maryland. Authorities have named Patricia Welch’s husband, Richard Allen Welch, and his nephew, Lloyd Welch, as “persons of interest” in the case. Neither man has been charged. Patricia Welch declined to comment.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The controversial execution drug approved by the U.S. Supreme Court is used in Virginia, but no executions are scheduled and the state’s supply expires at the end of September. Midazolam is one of three drugs Virginia can use in step one of its three-drug execution protocol. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Kinney says the state doesn’t have either of the other two step-one drugs and is unable to obtain them. Also, it’s uncertain whether additional midazolam will be available after the current batch expires. The department has the drugs used in steps two and three. They don’t expire until next year. Virginia added midazolam to its protocol last year but hasn’t used it. The state’s last lethal injection execution was in August 2011