Tuesday Must Read: California Runs Out of Execution Drug; PG&E Lost Power Before Blast

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1. California’s first execution in nearly five years has been delayed until Thursday night and may be put off until early next year because the state is running out of the lethal injection drug sodium pentothal, the Chron reports. It turns out that state officials had scheduled the execution of Albert Greenwood Brown for tonight because the sodium pentothal on hand expires Thursday. But a federal appeals court said yesterday when granting a delay of Brown’s execution that the timing of his death should not be dependent on the availability of a drug. If Brown is not put to death on Thursday, then he may not be executed in until early 2011 when more sodium pentothal will be available.

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