By JEANNIE NUSS
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe doesn't have any immediate plans to schedule executions for seven death row inmates even though the attorney general had asked him to set dates.
Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the governor's decision to hold off on setting execution dates comes as the Department of Correction plans to rewrite its lethal injection protocol and as nine death row inmates challenge the state's new execution law in court.
The AP first reported Monday that the Department of Correction plans to rewrite its lethal injection procedure to include a different drug.
The state previously said it planned to use phenobarbital in executions, even though that drug has never been used in a U.S. lethal injection.
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