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Arizona has carried out most executions since 1992 through lethal injection. But defendants who committed crimes before that date, including Frank Atwood and Clarence Dixon, have the choice of lethal injection or the gas chamber.

While Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is pushing to schedule executions for two death-row inmates who he said have exhausted their appeals, advocates for the men said they still intend to fight. Read more»

The Arizona Department of Corrections said it has found a compound pharmacist it needs to carry out the state's first execution in six years. Read more»

Federal renewal of the state's license to import pentobarbital comes just six weeks after Arizona executed Joseph Wood Jr. using a different set of drugs, in a process that took two hours and left Wood gasping for air. This approval is just one step in a long process to import the drug. Read more» 1

The lethal injection room at San Quentin Prison in California.

A federal judge's decision to block imports of a drug used in executions will leave states to rely more on a substitute drug that could itself be getting scarce. Read more»

Texas Gov. Rick Perry defends the state's record on executions during a Republican presidential debate in September.

Texas, the state that led America in the largest number of executions last year, might be running out of the lethal drug used to administer the death penalty. Read more»