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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.

Minority Poverty Rate Growing

New census figures show the Recession is disproportionately affecting Georgia’s Black and Hispanic populations. The poverty rate among minority youth is especially high.

Georgia Sets New Execution

Georgia has set an execution window for a condemned Albany man one day after Troy Davis was put to death. Georgia Attorney General's spokeswoman Lauren Kane said Thursday that a judge has signed a warrant for Marcus Ray Johnson's execution.

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. The bill had passed during a special session of the state Legislature last month.

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.

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.

Death Penalty Opponents Move On

Death penalty opponents say, they hope Wednesday's execution of Troy Davis will be the catalyst for a renewed fight to end capital punishment in the US.

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.

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.