"Nebraska researches 'Death Penalty' drug," is by Brent Martin of Nebraska Radio Network. It's via KMA-AM/FM.
Nebraska will be looking at a number of options to maintain the death penalty.
Nebraska has been blocked from carrying out executions, because it cannot get adequate supplies of sodium thiopental, the drug the state would use as an anesthetic. No longer produced domestically, the drug has become increasingly difficult to obtain from European manufacturers who have been blocked from selling it for use in executions.
Missouri has announced it will change its death penalty protocol after it became difficult to receive propofol, an anesthetic used in its three-drug protocol. The state now will use the sedative pentobarbital and is considering a switch to a one-drug protocol.
Attorney General Jon Bruning says Nebraska will be review the move by other states toward a one-drug protocol to carry out lethal injection, rather than the three-drug method now on the books.
The state switched to lethal injection after a 2009 Nebraska Supreme Court ruling declared the electric chair to be cruel and unusual punishment. Nebraska last carried out an execution in 1997. Eleven prisoners now reside on death row.