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Disaster Aid Funds Safe For Now

Georgia might not be deeply affected by a stoppage of FEMA disaster funds -- at least in the short term. The U.S. Senate on Monday was set to vote on a bill that would in part restore money to FEMA's disaster relief fund. Georgia emergency officials say much of the already-approved federal assistance money would not be affected.

Minority Poverty Rate Growing

One in four Georgia children is now living in poverty, according to the census. And thirty-six percent of the state’s black children and more than 40 percent of its Hispanic children are destitute

Georgia Sets New Execution

Georgia has set an execution window for a condemned Albany man one day after Troy Davis was put to death. Marcus Ray Johnson was convicted of the 1994 Dougherty County slaying of Angela Sizemore

Deal Ratifies Freeze On Gas Tax

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation ratifying a freeze in the state's gas tax that took effect July 1. Deal had issued an executive order in June halting an automatic increase linked to rising fuel prices, but he needed lawmakers to also sign off. The state gas tax had been set to rise 1.6 cents a gallon, as a result of a formula. It stayed instead at 12.9 cents a gallon, rather than rising to 14.5 cents a gallon.

Poverty Rate Soars in Georgia

New figures from the U.S. Census show poverty is rising in Albany’s Dougherty County faster than in any of the state’s largest counties. The county had the nation’s second-highest jump in poverty since 2007, and reflect trends throughout the state.

State Wants Water Claims Dismissed

The state is asking a federal judge to dismiss part of Alabama’s lawsuit over Lake Allatoona. Georgia’s lawyers argue an appeals court decision over Lake Lanier earlier this week renders the Allatoona claims obsolete.

Demonstrators Swell Town, Then Leave

Supporters and opponents of the Troy Davis execution squared off across a street from each other in Jackson. Ultimately, by the time Davis died, police in riot gear outnumbered the vocal demonstrators. Many came from far-off parts of the state to stand with one side or the other. Police reported few incidents with the demonstrators and the sizeable media contingent.

Death Penalty Opponents Move On

Death penalty opponents say, they hope the execution of Troy Davis will be the catalyst for a renewed fight to end capital punishment in the U-S. Davis' defenders tried to put the most positive spin on a failed 20-year attempt to overturn the Savannah man's conviction and sentence. Amnesty International Director Larry Cox says, his group's effort to abolish the death penalty will start again.

Slain Officer's Family Reacts To Execution

The widow of a slain Savannah police officer says "it's a time for healing" now that Georgia has executed Troy Davis for the murder 22 years ago. Joan MacPhail-Harris, the widow of Mark MacPhail, told The Associated Press in a phone interview after Wednesday's execution that she sees "nothing to rejoice" in Davis' death and is praying for the inmate's family.

Troy Davis Put To Death

Georgia inmate Troy Davis has been executed for the killing of an off-duty police officer in a case that has drawn worldwide support over his claims of innocence. Courts consistently ruled against him, however, and the officer's family says they finally have justice after 22 years.

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