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As Kentucky Moves Toward Executions, Appeals Run Out

At least three death row inmates could be nearing execution as Kentucky moves toward a new lethal injection method, with the governor's office already having requests to set dates for two and a third man out of direct appeals in his case. Kentucky is implementing lethal injection by one or two drugs, depending upon the availability of the narcotics, after a judge ordered the state to abandon or be prepared to defend using the old three-drug mixture. The change takes legal effect Feb. 1. A spokeswoman for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says until an injunction suspending all executions is lifted, the governor can't move on carrying out a death sentence. Before setting execution dates, the state must go back before a judge to have the injunction lifted.