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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 1, 2012

State officials in Kentucky signaled this week that they will change how prisoners are executed, opening the door to using a single drug instead of the current three-drug method that is being challenged as cruel and unusual punishment. New regulations are expected to be proposed by July 24. The move came after a circuit judge ordered the state to change the three-drug process or face trial to defend it. At least seven states use a single drug to carry out executions while three provide that option. Last week, Missouri became the first state to switch to propofol, the same anesthetic that caused the overdose death of pop star Michael Jackson. WRCB-TV in Chattanooga reports