Officials say 54-year-old Warren Lee Hill was executed at 7:55 pm Tuesday night, after his final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied.
Hill was convicted of killing a fellow inmate in 1990, while he was serving a life sentence for the murder of his girlfriend.
For years, Hill’s lawyers argued he had an intellectual disability, and should be spared from the death penalty. But the state argued Hill failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt he is intellectually disabled.
About two years ago, the city placed a ban on all street vending while it tried to develop a new vending system.
But parts of the city were off-limits: like the Five Points MARTA station and Turner Field. Now, Mayor Kasim Reed says, he’s open to lifting the ban on Turner Field.
Last week, City Council members passed a resolution that would allow for ten street vendors near Turner Field. Mayor Reed says council members were asking him to reconsider his position on street vending.
A coalition that’s been pushing for Georgia to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act lobbied at the state Capitol Tuesday. The groups say too many Georgians are falling into a coverage gap for health insurance.
30-year-old Jessica O’Quinn doesn’t qualify for Medicaid and is too poor to get tax credits under the federal exchange. She recently got sick and had to go to the hospital.
“They asked me if I was on any kind of insurance, and I said no, and know I’m going to billed for a lot of money I can’t pay.”
Parts of New England are still feeling the full force of a blizzard that is expected to leave two feet or more of snow in most of Massachusetts. The storm is also carrying wind gusts topping 75 mph.
More than 7,700 flights in and out of the Northeast have been canceled. Some flights may not resume again until Wednesday. Commuter railroads and some local transit systems won't be operating overnight. And getting anywhere by road in the impact zone is severely limited by bans on non-essential traffic. There are widespread cancellations of schools.
Holy roller coaster! The Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia is going to run backward when the park opens for the season March 14.
The ride opened in the park in 1997 and has given more than 16 million rides since then, but they've all been in the same direction. The new twist on the ride's old twists will take the cars up a 10-story hill in reverse, then let them fly 50 mph backward along 2,700 feet of track.
The reverse operation will only last for several weeks into early spring.
A controversial state Senate bill cleared its first hurdle Monday. The legislation would require private insurers to provide autism treatment coverage for children who are six and younger.
Judith Ursitti has two children with autism. She’s also an advocate with Autism Speaks. Ursitti told the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee it’s heartbreaking to hear a pediatrician prescribe things like speech and behavioral therapy for your toddler only to find out they’re not covered by your insurance.
Opposition is mounting against the Religious Freedom Bill, which the legislature is expected to take up this session.
The latest objections to the controversial legislation come in the form of newspaper advertisements that ran Monday morning in the Marietta Daily Journal and the Columbus Ledger Enquirer ─ the hometown newspapers of Republican bill sponsors Rep. Sam Teasley and Sen. Josh McKoon.
The full-page ads, which were taken out by the left-leaning group Better Georgia, charge that the bill would give legal cover to some people accused of child abuse.
Escaping a crime scene in Columbia County, near Augusta, may get tougher this spring. The Sheriff’s Department there wants to start using drones to help enforce the law.
If the Federal Aviation Administration approves, Columbia would be the first county in Georgia using drones to help locate suspects and find missing persons. Captain Steve Morris says the unmanned aerial vehicles could sport video cameras and, in some cases, heat sensors.
Georgia's seaports handled record-breaking cargo volumes in the first half of the 2015 fiscal year in part because of labor disputes that have bogged down trade on the West Coast.
The Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday that overall cargo tonnage in Savannah and Brunswick was up nearly 7 percent in the six-month period from July 1 through Dec. 31. Savannah, the nation's fourth-busiest container port, handled 1.75 million cargo containers, an increase of more than 13 percent compared to the same period a year ago.
A comic book about Martin Luther King Jr. helped bring a young John Lewis into the civil rights movement.
Fifty years later, the Georgia Democratic congressman is now hoping graphic novels about his life and the fight to win equal civil rights for all Americans will serve as a guide for protesters today as they seek justice.
A Georgia death row inmate who has come within hours of execution three times is once again scheduled to die this week.
Warren Lee Hill, 54, who was sentenced to death in August 1991, was first scheduled to die two and a half years ago. Challenges filed by his lawyers have provided temporary reprieves on three occasions and twice have effectively halted all executions in Georgia for months at a time.
A worker closes the door to a Delta Airlines airplane sitting on the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Jan. 24, 2015, in Atlanta. Police were searching the Delta airplane and a Southwest airplane at Atlanta's main airport after authorities received what they described as ''credible'' bomb threats.
If you live in Fulton County, you’ll soon be able to go to the library more often. That’s because the County Commission voted to restore hours that were cut from the Atlanta-Fulton Library System last year. It’s a move that many Fulton residents are happy about.
The work that goes into making a pair of leather shoes is exacting and difficult.
Few people make shoes on a small scale anymore, but there is a relative newcomer. Sarah Green makes boots, and, in this Atlanta Sound, we paid her a visit at her workshop in Atlanta to find out how it’s done.
The City of Atlanta is working to tackle abandoned homes and properties throughout the city, something the city has had a hard time handling with because of its current laws, officials said.
Last summer, the city created a Code Enforcement Commission to figure out best practices from other cities on handling blight. There are an estimated 17,000 abandoned properties, said City Council member Mary Norwood, who also co-chairs the commission.
The metro-Atlanta area can expect a big population growth in the next 15 years, according to a new report released by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute.
The study lays out 27 scenarios for population growth based on historical data for births, deaths and migration. Even under the most conservative projections, the study shows the metro population could grow by more than a million by 2030.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio addresses members of his DUI chain gang Dec. 11, 2007, in Phoenix, Arizona. Arpaio, best known for issuing pink underwear to jail inmates and housing them in old military tents, said he wants the chain gang to act as a deterrent to potential drunken drivers.
Inmates at a Georgia jail will soon be wearing hot-pink uniforms, an idea borrowed from an Arizona sheriff.
Gary Jones, the public safety chief in the east Georgia city of Grovetown, said he hopes the inmates will be seen in their pink uniforms while collecting litter on public roads. Jones tells The Augusta Chronicle that he envisions motorists driving by and deciding they never want to be in that position.