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Davis Clemency Denied

Two defense lawyers say Georgia's board of pardons has rejected a bid to spare the life of Troy Davis, who has attracted high-profile support for his claim that he was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989. Davis' supporters Monday made a last-ditch effort to stop his execution by telling the pardons board that he's innocent and requesting clemency.

Cyclist Safety: A Growing Challenge

Drivers in the greater-Augusta area are slamming into cyclists at an alarming rate. More than 90 vehicles have collided with people on bikes since January 2010. Cycling advocates and city officials agree there is a problem. But they say the solution will take time and money.

Public Transportation Meetings This Week

There will be public meetings this week in Fitzgerald, Toccoa and Dalton about next year’s transportation sales tax vote. They will give residents there one last chance to discuss the projects that the tax would fund, if passed.

Pardons Board Hears Davis Arguments

Defense attorneys asked the Georgia pardons board to grant clemency to Troy Davis who is scheduled to be executed for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty Savannah police officer. Davis is scheduled to die Wednesday for Mark MacPhail's murder. It is the fourth time in four years the state has tried to execute him, but now his legal appeals are exhausted.

Water War Inches Toward Supreme Court

Alabama is asking the US Supreme Court to take up the decades-long tri-state water dispute after a federal court in Atlanta decided not to rehear the case. The 11th District Court of Appeals gave Georgia a favorable ruling earlier this summer, saying Atlanta could tap it for its drinking water needs. Alabama and Florida filed for a rehearing and were denied.

Lawmakers Late On Tax Payments

About a fifth of Georgia's state lawmakers have failed to pay their taxes on time. An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that federal, state or local governments have filed liens against 16 state senators and 32 representatives. A lien allows government officials to seize a person's property and sell it to recoup a tax debt.

Bill Challenges Federal Regulations

Georgia U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss are among Senate Republicans pushing for a one-year moratorium on new federal regulations. They say the new rules will stifle business. Environmentalists see the moratorium as another example of putting business interests before public health.

New 'Gang' Tackles National Deficit

Washington’s Gang of Six has swelled to 34. US Senator Republican Saxby Chambliss of Georgia is leading a new bi-partisan coalition of senators with a mission to reduce the 14 trillion dollar national deficit.

State Black Caucus Meets In Savannah

Georgia's black lawmakers are getting a glimpse of next year's state legislative session through Saturday. The all-Democratic group is meeting in Savannah to discuss priorities including criminal justice, education and creating jobs. Black caucus chairman State Senator Emmanual Jones of Decatur says, the conference also includes addresses from leaders in the Republican majority.

Tea Party Against Transportation Tax

Georgia’s Tea Party is continuing its effort to thwart a vote on a transportation sales tax. Last month, it stifled a proposal to move the vote from next July to next November. Now, the political group says it’s against the vote entirely, and its opinion could sway a lot of voters.

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