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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas’ prison chief says his agency is continuing the search for a new supply of execution drugs to replenish pentobarbital that will be exhausted again if two lethal injections scheduled over the next two weeks are carried out.

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston says the agency’s objective is to carry out the law and to continue searching for appropriate drugs. And he said Friday before a state prison board meeting in Austin that he’s confident the drugs to carry out the law will be acquired.

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At least three more executions are scheduled beginning next month, meaning a new supply will need to be obtained.

Texas and death penalty states nationwide have struggled to acquire execution drugs after manufacturers have refused to sell their products.

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