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Corrections Board meets over execution drugs

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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - The latest on the confusion over Oklahoma's supply of lethal-injection drugs, which prompted Gov. Mary Fallin to issue a last-minute execution stay for Richard Glossip
    
The Oklahoma Board of Corrections is meeting one day after Gov. Mary Fallin issued a last-minute execution stay because the Department of Corrections did not have the correct lethal injection drugs.
    
The board will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday in McAlester. Department Director Robert Patton has been tight-lipped on why officials had potassium acetate instead of potassium chloride for Richard Glossip's execution, which had been scheduled for Wednesday.
    
Fallin granted a 37-day stay for Glossip so the state can determine whether potassium acetate can be used or if potassium chloride is available.
    
Fallin's office says the corrections department received the drugs Wednesday.
    
A court filing says the state told Glossip's attorneys it had "sufficient drugs" to carry out three upcoming executions. An Aug. 11 letter from Assistant Attorney General John Hadden didn't say whether the department physically possessed the drugs at the time.

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