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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.

Rome Holds-Off On Sunday Sales Vote

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.

State Denies Davis Polygraph Request

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.

Troy Davis Analysis: Court Didn't Believe Witnesses

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.

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.

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