Stories by Jake Armstrong

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

Credibility is shaky in Davis case

ATLANTA --- The credibility of seven witnesses who have recanted -- and two who have not -- in Troy Anthony Davis' death penalty case rose to the surface Tuesday in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of ...
By Jake Armstrong

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008

Davis' attorneys to argue for new trial

ATLANTA -- Attorneys for Troy Anthony Davis today launch yet another bid to earn the condemned man a new trial in the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail.
By Jake Armstrong

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

Committee considers bankruptcy exemptions

ATLANTA --- State legislators could soon consider a bill boosting the amount of home equity Georgians can keep when they enter bankruptcy.
By Jake Armstrong

Monday, Nov. 24, 2008

Bill would require truth in testimony to lawmakers

ATLANTA -- Lobbyists and others testifying before the General Assembly's many committees usually have a lot to say. The veracity of their statements, however, is often open to question.
By Jake Armstrong

Car insurance stands to rise

Thousands of Georgia drivers could see substantial increases in their auto insurance rates -- as much as 81 percent, for some -- as insurance companies begin setting their own rates under a law ...
By Jake Armstrong

Friday, Nov. 21, 2008

Telework tax aid has few takers

ATLANTA --- The number of employers seeking state tax credits up to $20,000 for allowing their employees to telecommute dropped by about half this year, despite months of record-high gas prices ...
By Jake Armstrong

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008

Rise in job loss forecast

ATLANTA --- Unemployment in Georgia will rise over the next two years as recession hits the national and state economies, according to a Georgia State University economist's forecast released ...
By Jake Armstrong

Monday, Nov. 10, 2008

Case targets state's laws against gangs

ATLANTA --- When gang violence rose to an alarming high in the 1990s, Georgia legislators enacted a law that puts anyone convicted of gang-related crimes behind bars longer.
By Jake Armstrong

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008

Officials question growth cost

ATLANTA --- The risk of cost overruns on Georgia Power's $6.4 billion proposal to add two nuclear reactors to Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro took center stage Wednesday as utility officials pitched ...
By Jake Armstrong

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008

Voters return Everett to PSC, set up runoff for second seat

ATLANTA -- Republican incumbent Doug Everett won re-election to the Public Service Commission, but a second seat will be decided in a December runoff.
By Jake Armstrong

Oddly intense PSC election appears close

ATLANTA -- Four months of campaigning and residency challenges ended Tuesday as voters made their picks for the 1st and 4th districts of the Public Service Commission.
By Jake Armstrong

Public gets say on growth

ATLANTA --- Testimony on the Plant Vogtle expansion opened Monday, with members of the public painting it as a practical solution to the state's growing energy needs or an expensive burden on ...
By Jake Armstrong

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008

Economy shouldn't hurt expansion

ATLANTA --- The credit crunch has no doubt forced people to put off car purchases or home remodeling. But how about building a multibillion-dollar nuclear power plant?
By Jake Armstrong

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008

Court rules in Powell's favor

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled today that Democratic Public Service Commission candidate Jim Powell will remain on the ballot, despite Secretary of State Karen Handel’s ...
By Jake Armstrong

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

20 stations in Augusta area part of probe

ATLANTA --- Twenty of the 166-plus gas stations under scrutiny for price gouging during Georgia's recent gas shortage are in metro Augusta, according to the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs.
By Jake Armstrong

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008

20 Augusta-area gas stations involved in gouging probe

ATLANTA — Twenty of the 166-plus gas stations under state scrutiny for price gouging during Georgia’s gas shortage are in metro Augusta, according to the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs.
By Jake Armstrong

Harbin admits to reckless driving

ATLANTA --- State Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, pleaded guilty Monday in Atlanta Municipal Court to reckless driving to end his long-running DUI case, which stemmed from a late-night crash near the ...
By Jake Armstrong
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