NC Council Of State Approves New Execution Procedure

State officials have approved a revised procedure for carrying out executions in North Carolina, a step that should clear the way for the state to resume carrying out the death penalty.

The new "execution protocol" was approved on a voice vote by the Council of State. Governor Easley says the vote would move the issue where it belonged -- back before the courts and lawmakers at the General Assembly.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Long, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson voted against the proposal.