- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A group that opposes Nebraska’s death penalty petition drive has released two television ads urging voters not to sign a petition that seeks to put the issue on the 2016 ballot.

Nebraskans for Public Safety posted the ads on social media on Monday and said they will run on television starting Tuesday.

The ads feature Nebraska voters Martha Brown, Timorree Adams Klingler and state Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln, a conservative who led the repeal effort in the Legislature this year.

Danielle Conrad, a spokeswoman for the group, says the death penalty is broken and should left in the past. Nebraska last executed an inmate in 1997.

The ads can be viewed online at https://bit.ly/1SDB1wL .

The group Nebraskans for the Death Penalty has until Aug. 27 to gather signatures.

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This story has been updated to correct the spelling of a last name in the third paragraph to Klingler.

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