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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
, 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.
/ATLANTA (Reuters) – Alabama’s Jefferson County will decide on Friday whether to declare bankruptcy over its $3.14 billion bond debt and there are hints the outline of a deal with creditors may be possible.
The county has three times deferred making a decision over whether to accept a settlement from creditors over the sewer system debt, which escalated in the mid-2000s, or declare what would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – A jobs program in the Southern state of Georgia, cited in President Barack Obama’s plan to fight unemployment, needs big fixes and would not work as a federal initiative, says the official who runs it.
Obama told Congress on Thursday in a major speech on jobs that the state-run Georgia Work$ initiative, along with other measures, would help people unemployed for more than six months and he stressed that Republican leaders in Congress supported it.
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.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Low-fare carrier Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans radical changes for AirTran, the company it acquired in May, chief executive Gary Kelly said on Monday.
The Dallas-based airline, the world’s largest in the low-cost sector, said it will also begin flights to and from Atlanta on February 12, 2012, with 15 daily departures and five nonstop flights including one between Atlanta and Dallas’ Love Field.