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Oklahoma To Resume Executions: The state of Oklahoma has announced its plans to carry out its first execution since last April's difficult execution of convicted killer Clayton Lockett.  Parker Perry of McAlester News-Capital reports that 47-year-old Charles Warner was originally scheduled to be executed the same evening as Lockett, but his execution was postponed after Lockett's execution was deemed problematic.  Warner, who was sentenced to death in 1997 for the rape and murder of an 11-month-old girl, is scheduled to be executed Thursday evening.

Legislature to Introduce Sex Crime Bills: Montana's House Judiciary is set to discuss two bills to better protect citizens from sex offenders.  KBZK News reports that one of the bills would create a sex offender prosecution unit at the state's Department of Justice. That unit would be allowed to prosecute crimes when local authorities lack the ability or funding to do so themselves.  The other bill, House bill 88, would require judges, rather than sex offenders, to choose who evaluates them.   It would also require  that registered sex offenders disclose their email addresses and social media screen names to authorities.

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