Connecticut Repeals Death Penalty

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut has recently become the 17th state to repeal the death penalty. Lawmakers passed the measure with an 86-62 vote in favor of repealing the death penalty in the state.

Now instead of sentencing some violent offenders to death, the state will grant life in prison without the possibility of parole. There are currently 11 inmates who sit on death row in the state, and unfortunately for them this new measure does not free them of their sentence.

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Hospira Scraps Lethal Injection Drug

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The sole American manufacturer of an anesthetic used in lethal injections said Friday that it would cease making the drug due to international constraints.
The manufacturer, Hospira Inc. of Lake Forest, Ill., had originally planned to resume producing the drug, sodium thiopental, this winter in Italy, easing the shortage that delayed scheduled executions in the United States.
But the Italian authorities said they would not permit export of the drug if it might be used for capital punishment.

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New Mexico Nixes Death Penalty Amid Uptick in U.S. Executions

SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Bill Richardson repealed the death penalty in New Mexico as he signed legislation to replace capital punishment with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

New Mexico is only the second state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty, joining 13 other states and the District of Columbia in abandoning capital punishment.

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HVAC Control

ICM Controls introduces the CC750 Comfort Control Center, a variable frequency/voltage blower motor speed control that helps maintain air quality and moisture levels. It controls the blower speed in existing HVAC systems and reduces humidity levels by removing excess moisture in the air.

The product can be used with a system equipped with advanced indoor air quality devices and installed by a trained HVAC contractor. It uses a menu-driven program and is designed for single-phase systems. It is available in 115 VAC and 230 VAC models.

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Control Valves

Leslie Controls offers the DBOY line of control valves in sizes of 2 inches up to 8 inches. The line is available for any facility using steam processes and is capable of large flows with Cv’s up to 435, allowing it to replace larger caliber valves.

By utilizing cage-guided trims, valves can be customized and configured to meet individual requirements. Balanced trims are also available. The company offers Quick Delivery System for the line in the case of an emergency.

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Air Handler

The Destiny low-pressure indoor air handler from McQuay International is available with an electric heat option, creating a heating and cooling unit in one product. Available in vertical and horizontal styles, it features a single-point power source to the fan and the heater.

Heat output ranges from 1.5 kW to 55 kW, depending on the unit’s size. There are four levels of control available to reduce overheating and short cycling.

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Tower Corrosion Control

Cortec Corporation introduces S-14 Bio, an additive that combats scale and corrosion in cooling towers or closed- and open-loop recirculating cooling systems. It combines a scale inhibitor with corrosion protection across a span of metals, including carbon steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, copper and other non-ferrous metals. The non-toxic, biodegradable additive is formulated for low-molecular-weight natural polymer components, GRAS substances and food-approved preservatives. It is available in 5-gallon containers, 55-gallon metal drums, 275-gallon liquid totes and in bulk.

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Spirax Sarco has added the APT14HC to its line of automatic pump traps.

Designed to aid heat transfer and eliminate irregular temperature control, corrosion, noises and water hammer, the product collects and removes condensate as it forms in equipment such as process vessels, heat exchanges, heaters and vacuum and temperature controlled equipment.

The steam-powered trap does not require any electrical power, making it suitable for hazardous environments. The product can be used at a maximum temperature of 388 F and a maximum pressure of 200 psi.

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