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Could capital punishment return to Iowa?

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Lawmakers in Iowa planned to debate a bill that could bring back the death penalty in Iowa.

Initial hearings were set to start on Thursday, February 1st in Des Moines.  The bill would reverse a 54-year-old ban on capitol punishment in the state.

According to the text of the bill, the death penalty would be an option for those convicted of first degree murder.

Click here to follow along with the bill's progress.