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April 30th, 2014
04:43 PM ET

Execution drugs cloaked in secrecy

(CNN) – Seven minutes after prison officials started pumping the first lethal injection drug, witnesses say inmate Clayton Lockett appeared to be conscious, but 16 minutes in, it was clear the execution was not going as planned.

It was then officials closed the blinds, shutting out the media gathered to witness the death of the man convicted of murder, rape and kidnapping nearly 15 years ago.

The execution was stopped, but Lockett died of a heart attack.

Officials used a potent cocktail of three drugs: the first to sedate him, a second to stop his breathing, and the third to stop his heart.

But the deadly mixture is cloaked in secrecy. CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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April 30th, 2014
04:32 PM ET

Rains too much even for weather-toughened Gulf Coast

Please send your videos, pictures and text reports of severe weather to iReport, but please stay safe.

(CNN) - From building-crushing hurricanes to killer sinkholes, Gulf Coast residents have seen a lot. But even these battle-tested veterans of the weather wars are marveling at torrential rains that washed out bridges and roads, sent chest-high water into homes and forced major military bases to shut down Wednesday.

"We've seen flooding before, but never flooding that washes the back of a house away," said CNN iReporter Matt Raybourn of Pensacola, Florida. "There are no words for what we are seeing here."

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