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A Missouri inmate convicted of ambushing and killing a St. Louis area police officer he blamed in the death of his younger brother is scheduled to be executed Tuesday, though his lawyers are seeking to have the lethal injection halted. Kevin Johnson’s attorneys don’t deny that he killed Police Officer William McEntee in 2005, but contend in an appeal before the Missouri Supreme Court that he was sentenced to death in part because he is Black. The U.S. Supreme Court declined a stay request last week, and Gov. Mike Parson on Monday announced he would not grant clemency. Johnson would be the second Missouri man put to death in 2022 and the 17th nationally.

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A federal trial to determine whether South Carolina’s congressional maps are legal is closing with arguments over whether the state Legislature diluted Black voting power. The NAACP says the General Assembly removed Black voters from the coastal 1st District to make it easier for Republicans to win and dilute African American votes. The General Assembly says it drew maps fairly to deal with 10% population growth concentrated along the coast. A panel of three federal judges will hear closing arguments in the case Tuesday morning in Charleston. A ruling is expected later.

Michelle Williams attends the Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Michelle Williams attends the Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Aubrey Plaza attends the Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Aubrey Plaza attends the Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Aubrey Plaza attends the Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Aubrey Plaza attends the Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Aubrey Plaza attends the Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)