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Oklahoma governor postpones execution

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin postponed at the last minute Wednesday the execution of an inmate who claims he's innocent, after prison officials said one of the three drugs they had received to carry out the lethal injection didn't match state guidelines.

A Fallin spokesman said the state Department of Corrections contacted the attorney general's office once prison officials realized they received the wrong drug for use in Richard Glossip's execution, according to Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz. Oklahoma's protocols call for the use of potassium chloride, but the state received potassium acetate instead.

Weintz said the department receives its lethal injection drugs on the day of an execution.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office advised Fallin that the state's lethal injection guidelines, which had been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, had to be followed, said Pruitt spokesman Aaron Cooper.

"It is unclear why, and extremely frustrating to the attorney general, that the Department of Corrections did not have the correct drugs to carry out the execution," Cooper said.

Fallin reset Glossip's execution for Nov. 6, saying it would give the state time to determine whether potassium acetate is a suitable substitute, or to find potassium chloride.

Recreational pot sales begin in Oregon * Discounts on pot, free food for folks with the munchies, and live music will usher in a historic day for Oregon and for marijuana advocates across the country Thursday, as recreational sales of the drug that is still illegal under federal law begin in the state.

Oregon is one of four states that have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. It will start with far more dispensaries than did Colorado or Washington state, where pot shops have been up and running for more than a year. Alaska could begin retail sales next year. …

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