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A top leader in the Ohio legislature says his support for the death penalty is wavering. This comes as Gov. Mike DeWine's administration said it doesn’t think there’s a way to carry out executions that a federal court would find suitable.

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said the death penalty is the law, but he personally is becoming less supportive of it.

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Gov. Mike DeWine said executions won’t take place in Ohio anytime soon – because the state can’t find a legal method that would get approval from a federal court.

DeWine asked the prisons department to come up with a new method to replace the three drugs it uses now, which are nearly impossible to find. But there’s a problem.

“We see no protocol that we could put forward that would be allowed under Ohio law.”

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Gov. Mike DeWine has put off all upcoming executions until a new lethal injection method is developed, which he said will happen in the coming weeks. But the head of the prisons agency said it won’t be rushed. 

DeWine ordered the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to come up with a new method after a federal judge ruled the existing three-drug combination is cruel and unusual punishment. DRC director Annette Chambers-Smith said it’s taking those workers a while to do that because it has to.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has added a new inmate to the execution schedule – though Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed four executions until a new way to carry them out is developed. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 14th:

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As a federal court fight continues over the state’s new proposed method of lethal injection, a freshman state lawmaker is proposing expanding the death penalty in Ohio.

State law already makes killing a police officer eligible for the death penalty. The bill from northeast Ohio Republican Rep. Dave Greenspan of Westlake would allow that punishment when any first responder, including firefighters, EMS and military members die at the hands of criminals.

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A Dayton-area federal magistrate has delayed the next three scheduled executions until a challenge to the state’s new three-drug lethal injection method is settled.

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Ohio has no executions scheduled for nine months, and the state has no drugs to carry out lethal injections.

So advocates are seizing the opportunity to lobby lawmakers on abandoning the death penalty entirely. And they came armed with some powerful weapons:  people who were sentenced to die but who were freed after the charges against them were dismissed. 

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The Ohio Supreme Court says state prison officials can make a second attempt to execute a condemned killer. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Steve Brown reports.

The failed 2009 lethal injection of Romell Broom, 59, made national headlines after executioners couldn’t find a suitable vein despite 18 tries over two hours.