Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to hold monthly televised news conference Thursday

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SALT LAKE CITY — Republican Gov. Gary Herbert will hold his monthly televised news conference on Thursday as he weighs whether he'll sign a bill that would have Utah use a firing squad if lethal injection drugs cannot be obtained.

It's unclear if Herbert will discuss the proposal during the morning news conference taped at KUED-TV.

Herbert has declined to say if he will sign the firing squad bill but says it could offer Utah a backup if the state cannot get execution drugs.

Utah lawmakers passed the bill last week as states struggle to obtain lethal injection drugs amid a nationwide shortage.

Death penalty opponents are urging the governor to veto the bill. They argue firing squads are barbaric and archaic.

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