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Missouri and Texas Prepare to Execute Convicted Killers: Two men, one from Missouri and the other from Texas, are scheduled to be executed Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., respectively, after many years on death row.  Jim Salter and Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press report that Earl Ringo Jr. from Missouri was sentenced to death in 1998 for murdering two people during a robbery attempt.  Texas inmate Willie Trottie, also a convicted double-murderer, was sentenced to die more than 20 years ago.  The executions will be the eighth in each state so far in 2014. 

Realignment Costing Counties Millions: California counties have been left to deal with millions of dollars worth of  health care costs for inmates under Governor Brown's Realignment plan, which shifted thousands of inmates from state prisons to county jails in 2011.  Tim Lantz of KFBF reports that the state's 10 largest counties reportedly spent $560 million for medical and psychological care for inmates in the last fiscal year, resulting in a 16% increase since Realignment went into effect three years ago.  State officials are working on a plan to allow counties to enroll inmates in the Affordable Care Act in order to reduce the overwhelming health care costs.    

Convicted Killer Sentenced to Life Behind Bars: A Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the beating death and robbery of a man more than eight years ago.  KTRK News reports that after being found guilty, 36-year-old Luis Rodriguez was given an automatic life sentence because the state elected not to pursue the death penalty in his case.  One of Rodriguez's co-defendants is already serving a 15-year sentence for the crime while another suspect is still at large.

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