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Funeral Saturday For Troy Davis

The family of Troy Davis has scheduled his funeral for Saturday in his hometown of Savannah. Davis' younger sister, Kimberly Davis, said Tuesday the public is invited to attend the 11 a.m. funeral service at Jonesville Baptist Church.

Immigration Law May Burden Local Governments

A group of petitioners is calling for the ouster of Phil Kent, a member of the state’s new Immigration Enforcement Review Board. The seven member board has the power to investigate and fine local governments that don't comply with Georgia’s new immigration law.

White House Won't Challenge Healthcare Ruling

The Obama administration has decided not to ask a federal appeals court in Atlanta for further review of a ruling striking down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul.

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.