Texas musicians taking on the death penalty

AUSTIN — In Texas, home of the busiest death chamber in the Western Hemisphere, the question is generally when, not whether, to execute condemned killers.

But 25 years after the death penalty was reinstated in Texas -- and after 405 executions -- a group of homegrown artists and entertainers say it's time to take another look at capital punishment.

Spearheaded by Austin singer-songwriters Sara Hickman and Trish Murphy, the entertainers are staging concerts and town-hall meetings around Texas, taking advantage of an unofficial moratorium on executions to get people talking about the issue.

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