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FL Supreme Court Denies Stay of Execution for Convicted Child Killer: Juan Carlos Chavez, the man convicted of raping and killing a Florida boy in 1995, is scheduled to die Wednesday evening by lethal injection.  The Associated Press reports that Chavez kidnapped, raped, and murdered 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce after he got off of a school bus, then dismembered his body and put the parts in concrete-covered planters.  The case led to the adoption of the Jimmy Ryce Act in 1998 which provides that sexual predators who are deemed to be highly dangerous can be held under civil commitment after completion of their prison sentence.

Trial Date Set for Accused Boston Bomber: A federal judge has announced a November trial date for accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  Shelley Murphy and Martin Finucane of the Boston Globe report that US District Court Judge George A. O'Toole denied a request made by the defense to postpone the hearing until September 2015, and instead scheduled court proceedings to begin November 3, 2014.  Both sides will meet again in June to discuss whether or not the defense wants a change of venue.

MO Seeks to Nullify Federal Gun Laws: The Missouri state Senate has endorsed a bill that seeks to nullify federal gun restrictions and send federal agents to jail if they attempt to enforce such laws.  The Associated Press reports that the legislation would protect law-abiding citizens from federal regulations and would also give school districts the option of allowing designated personnel to carry a concealed weapons on campus after undergoing required training.  The bill needs one more senate vote before advancing to the Missouri House.

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