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Utah to Allow Firing-Squad Executions

Utah passed a bill on Tuesday making it the only state to allow firing-squad executions if it runs out of lethal-injection drugs. The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Paul Ray, cleared the state senate by a vote of 18-10. Its sponsors claim firing squads are a more humane form of execution than lethal injections, which have sometimes resulted in botched, drawn-out deaths. States have struggled in recent months with a shortage of lethal-injection drugs.