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As expected a good coverage of rain and storms today. Drier mid level air did help to reduce coverage from Saturday. Some 2-4 inch rains again today. Rains will end tonight with loss of heating. Moisture levels remain high enough the next few days for more scattered storms. SE Texas lies in a weakness as well between two High's one to the ...
Texas prison system running out of execution drug
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- The nation's most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says its remaining supply of pentobarbital expires in September. Department spokesman Jason Clark says officials are exploring all options but have yet to find an alternative.
Texas has lethally injected 11 death-row inmates so far this year, most recently on Wednesday. Two executions are scheduled in September and at least five others are set for following months.
It wasn't immediately clear if the September executions may be delayed.
Other death penalty states have encountered similar problems as drug manufacturers have balked at using their products for capital punishment.
Texas has executed 503 inmates since 1976, when the Supreme Court allowed executions to resume. Virginia is second at 110.