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Sep 21, 2011

Georgia condemned man’s polygraph request denied

Jackson, Ga (Reuters) – Georgia is set to execute later on Wednesday a man convicted of murdering a police officer in one of the highest profile U.S. capital punishment cases in years.

The case of Troy Davis has attracted international attention and an online protest that has accumulated nearly one million signatures because of doubts expressed in some quarters over whether he killed police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989.

Sep 21, 2011

Execution exposes divide over death penalty

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Controversy over the execution in Georgia of a convicted murderer whose supporters say may be innocent has exposed a continuing divide in the United States over the death penalty.

Vocal support for capital punishment has long been viewed as a benchmark of toughness for politicians running for U.S. national or statewide office given public support for the so-called ultimate justice.

Sep 20, 2011

Clemency denied for death row inmate Troy Davis

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A parole board in Georgia on Tuesday denied a last-ditch clemency appeal by Troy Davis, who is set to be executed on Wednesday for the murder of a police officer in a case that has attracted international attention.

Davis was convicted of the 1989 killing of police officer Mark MacPhail near a Burger King restaurant in the city of Savannah along the Atlantic coast of the southern U.S. state.

Sep 20, 2011

Clemency denied for Georgia death row inmate

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A parole board in Georgia has denied a last-ditch clemency appeal by Troy Davis, a Georgia man set to be executed in a high-profile case on Wednesday for the murder of a police officer.

The case has attracted international attention and became a focus for opponents of the death penalty because seven of nine trial witnesses have since recanted their testimony and his supporters say he may be innocent.

Sep 19, 2011

Board weighs clemency for Georgia death row inmate

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Defense lawyers mounted a final effort on Monday for Troy Davis, a Georgia man set to be executed on Wednesday for the murder of a police officer even though his supporters say he may be innocent.

The lawyers were due to present their evidence in Atlanta to Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Parole, a five-person panel that will weigh whether to grant or deny clemency or issue a stay of execution of up to 90-days, his supporters said.

Sep 16, 2011

Alabama county backs terms to settle $3.14 billion debt

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Alabama’s Jefferson County voted on Friday to proceed with a deal to settle its $3.14 billion sewer bond debt with creditors and avoid what would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

The county Commission voted 4-1 in executive session to accept the main terms of a deal it had previously agreed with creditors, who include JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Sep 16, 2011

Alabama county official sees deal on $3.14 bln debt

, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The finance
commissioner for Alabama’s Jefferson County said on Friday he
believed creditors had agreed to terms to settle the county’s
$3.14 billion sewer bond debt, setting up a deal which would
avert the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Commissioner Jimmie Stephens made the comments as the
county’s commission went into executive session to review the
terms of the debt settlement. In the absence of a debt deal,
declaring bankruptcy has been one of the state’s options.

Sep 15, 2011

Alabama county faces bankruptcy decision over debt

/ATLANTA (Reuters) – Alabama’s Jefferson County will decide on Friday whether to declare bankruptcy over its $3.14 billion bond debt and there are hints the outline of a deal with creditors may be possible.

The county has three times deferred making a decision over whether to accept a settlement from creditors over the sewer system debt, which escalated in the mid-2000s, or declare what would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Sep 9, 2011

Georgia jobs program cited by Obama has big flaws

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A jobs program in the Southern state of Georgia, cited in President Barack Obama’s plan to fight unemployment, needs big fixes and would not work as a federal initiative, says the official who runs it.

Obama told Congress on Thursday in a major speech on jobs that the state-run Georgia Work$ initiative, along with other measures, would help people unemployed for more than six months and he stressed that Republican leaders in Congress supported it.

Sep 8, 2011

Georgia jobs program eyed as model has big flaws

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A jobs program in the southern state of Georgia, which could feature in President Barack Obama’s plan to fight unemployment, needs big fixes and would not work as a federal initiative, says the official who runs it.

The Georgia Work$ program to help the long-term unemployed has gained national attention as a possible model because it costs taxpayers relatively little and has been effective.