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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections director said Friday that the agency has no plans to change its execution protocol after a man allegedly convulsed and vomited during his lethal injection this week, the Tulsa World reports.

Why it matters: John Marion Grant's execution on Thursday ended a six-year moratorium in Oklahoma following several flawed lethal injection attempts. But witnesses reported seeing Grant convulse and vomit after midazolam, the first sedative, was administered, according to the Associated Press.

  • Scott Crow, the Oklahoma corrections department director, said that Grant did vomit, but denied that the 60-year-old convulsed, according to the Tulsa World.
  • Crow said that after conferring with the onsite physician, he was told that "regurgitation is not a completely uncommon instance or occurrence with someone that is undergoing sedation."

What they're saying: Crow added that the agency doesn't plan on changing its death penalty protocol for Julius Jones, an inmate scheduled to die on Nov. 18, per Tulsa World.

  • “The three-drug protocol that was utilized yesterday for inmate Grant is the same drug protocol the department currently has in place for all inmates scheduled for execution,” Crow said.
  • “That same protocol will be utilized for Julius Jones,” he said.

But, but, but: After what reportedly happened during Grant's execution, several organizations criticized Oklahoma's administration of the death penalty.

  • “We keep having problems with executions here,” Abraham Bonowitz, the director of Death Penalty Action, said. “The whole idea that Oklahoma can’t seem to get it right, you know, should be a wake-up call.”
  • “To say this is another botched Oklahoma execution would be inadequate," Death Penalty Information Center executive director Robert Dunham said in a statement. "Oklahoma knew full well that this was well within the realm of possible outcomes in a midazolam execution."

What's next: A federal judge entered an order to preserve the evidence from Grant's execution, such as syringes, needles, drug vitals and IV tubing, Tulsa World reports.

Go deeper: Oklahoma kills inmate with first lethal injection in six years.

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Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Getty Images

The state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday in an attempt to block the enforcement of its vaccine mandate for federal employees.

Why it matters: The move comes one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) request to exempt the state's National Guard from the mandate.

California father and son accused of "reckless arson" in Calder Fire

Firefighters at the Caldor Fire along Highway 89 west of Lake Tahoe, California, in September. Photo: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California officials said they arrested a father and son Wednesday on suspicion of starting the Caldor Fire, which threatened the Lake Tahoe area as it burned for over two months earlier this year. They deny any wrongdoing.

Why it matters: The wildfire was the 15th-biggest ever recorded in California, razing more than 1,000 structures, forcing thousands to evacuate and injuring five people as it burned across nearly 222,000 acres of land in El Dorado, Amador and Alpine counties.

New Zealand aims to create smoke-free generation with tobacco ban

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a December news conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand officials announced Thursday legislative plans to outlaw smoking by making it illegal to sell or supply tobacco products to the next generation as part of a lifetime ban.

Why it matters: "People aged 14 when the law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco," Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said in a statement announcing the proposed law, part of the Smokefree 2025 Action Plan.