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McALESTER, Okla. — Prison officials have completed renovations to the execution chamber in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary and expressed confidence that the agency would be ready for the state’s next scheduled execution in November.

The $71,000 reconstruction of the death chamber and adjacent witness rooms gives executioners more space in which to operate. The Department of Correction also spent about $34,000 on new medical equipment, including $12,500 for a surgical table and $6,000 for an ultrasound machine to help locate veins.

New protocols require more training for the execution team and backup procedures in case a lethal injection goes awry, officials said Thursday.

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Associated Press