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    Ark. lawmaker proposes changes to lethal injection

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing changes to a lethal injection law that the state Supreme Court struck down last year.

    Republican Sen. Bart Hester of Cave Springs filed legislation Thursday that would spell out how the Arkansas Department of Correction is to carry out executions.

    Last year, the state's high court sided with a number of death row inmates who argued that the 2009 execution law violated part of the state's constitution that deals with separating the branches of government.

    That law that was struck down said death sentences are to be carried out by lethal injection of one or more chemicals that the director of the Department of Correction chooses.

    Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says the agency is still digesting Hester's proposal.

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