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Georgia Wants to Execute Inmates Accused of Killing Guards

Sep 19, 2017
Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool

Two inmates accused of killing their guards on a Georgia prison bus three months ago were indicted Tuesday on multiple charges, including murder, and the state plans to seek the death penalty.
A grand jury indicted Donnie Russell Rowe, 44, and Ricky Dubose, 24. Each man faces two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder, one count of escape and one count of hijacking a motor vehicle.
Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Stephen Bradley filed notice with the court Tuesday that he plans to seek the death penalty against both men.

AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

As the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus was preparing for a hit from Hurricane Irma, its leader suggested to her boss in an email that she was still there when she had actually left the state, a newspaper reported.
Sophia Wisniewska, regional chancellor for the Tampa-based university, negotiated a resignation Monday as university officials were set to fire her for incompetence and "lack of leadership."

Losses in Georgia Due to Irma

Sep 19, 2017
Athens-Clarke County Police Department

The costs of Hurricanes Harvey are Irma are still being tallied, but experts are starting to get a sense of the costs in Georgia.

Tropical Storm Irma is a not-so-distant memory. For Georgia, in addition to damage to infrastructure like, cost of replacing power poles and lines, and some property damage, some farmers are also contending with losses. Jeffrey Dorman is a Professor of Economics in the University of Georgia's Terry College. He says some items can’t be replaced.

Floods, Fires, Other Disasters Add Stress to State Budgets

Sep 19, 2017
Gary Lloyd McCullough/The Florida Times-Union via AP, File

A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding.
The combined tab from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is expected to hit $200 billion or more. While the federal government is expected to pay most of that, the affected state and local governments have to start paying for recovery now and eventually could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars or more.


The State Botanical garden is hosting an event for the community this evening. Improv Theater Games for youth: For the Love of Language gets underway this evening from 6 to 7 pm.

“The first part of the set they can expect to be ridiculous,” According to Melisa Cahnman Taylor. “I open the set with ‘if everyone is ridiculous, then no one is ridiculous’ and we try to be as silly as possible, so we’ll warm up our bodies and our minds.”

Melisa Cahnman-Taylor is a professor of language and literature at UGA. She says anyone can do theater.