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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Rome City Commission has deferred until next year a vote on Sunday alcohol retail sales. The commission had planned to put the issue on the Nov. 8 ballot, but decided Monday night to hold off because there's no other reason to hold an election that day in the northwest Georgia city. A tally by the Georgia Food Industry Association finds nearly 100 cities and counties throughout the state are set to hold Sunday sales referendums during the November general election later this year.
A defense attorney says Georgia prison officials have blocked inmate Troy Davis from taking a polygraph test before his scheduled execution. Attorney Stephen Marsh says the Georgia Department of Corrections turned down the request Wednesday morning. Davis is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday.
Witness reliability plays prominently in Troy Davis' internationally-watched case. In the two decades since Davis was condemned for fatally shooting Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail, seven of the nine witnesses who testified against Davis at his trial have recanted their testimony. No jury has heard those recantations, and a Savannah judged looked upon evidence of changed testimony with suspicion.