Death bill hearings

JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers have begun hearings on a proposal to reinstate the death penalty, a practice abolished more than half a century ago.

JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers have begun hearings on a proposal to reinstate the death penalty, a practice abolished more than half a century ago.

The legislation would allow execution by lethal injection in cases of first-degree murder.

But public testimony in the first of two House Judiciary Committee hearings scheduled on the bill ran overwhelmingly in opposition to the measure on Monday. - Sapa-AP

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