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FILE - In this undated file photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Donnie Cleveland Lance, who was convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than 20 years ago. Lance is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence, plans to hold a closed-door clemency hearing Tuesday. The board on Monday declassified a clemency application filed by Lance's lawyers. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Georgia man set to be executed for killings of 2 people

Jan. 29, 2020 1:14 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than two decades ago is scheduled to be executed Wednesday. Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, is set to receive a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson for the November 1997 killings of Sabrina “Joy”...

Banks, Georgia Tech roll past Morehouse 82-54

Jan. 28, 2020 11:36 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech didn't need to go far on Tuesday night to string together its first streak of consecutive wins in nearly two months. James Banks III scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots in just 17 minutes of action to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 82-54 win over...

Georgia parole board declines to spare life of condemned man

Jan. 28, 2020 6:26 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's parole board on Tuesday declined to spare the life of a man set to be executed for the killings of his ex-wife and her boyfriend. Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, is scheduled to be put to death Wednesday. He was convicted and sentenced to die for the November 1997 killings of Sabrina...

Longtime Gwinnett County sheriff won't seek reelection

Jan. 28, 2020 6:11 PM EST

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A longtime county sheriff of one of metro Atlanta's largest counties announced his retirement Tuesday. Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway announced his retirement after more than two decades in the position, news outlets reported. He's said he won't run for reelection in...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference on in Tallahassee, Fla.  The state of Florida is asking a U.S. appellate court in Georgia to set aside an earlier judge's ruling that allowed some impoverished felons to regain access to the ballot box, despite owing fines and other legal debts.  The matter that will play out Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 before the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals is far from inconsequential because of the razor-thin margins that sometimes decide election contests in Florida, a perennial battleground state.(AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Appeals court weighs Florida law on felon voting rights

Jan. 28, 2020 5:27 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for the electoral battleground state of Florida asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to set aside a ruling that allowed some felons to regain access to the ballot box despite owing fines and other legal debts. Florida Republicans, led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, argue that only felons...

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins walks with colleagues at the state capitol in Atlanta, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Collins, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump and vocal opponent of his impeachment, is expected to announce he will challenge fellow Republican and newly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her seat this year, a Republican official said. (Riley Bunch/The Daily Times via AP)

Collins quiet on Georgia Senate during state Capitol stop

Jan. 28, 2020 5:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins said “there will be more coming later” about his expected Senate bid, otherwise keeping quiet about the race during a visit Tuesday to the Georgia state Capitol as lawmakers advanced a bill that could give the congressman an edge if he decides...

Georgia could cap college course payments for high schoolers

Jan. 28, 2020 1:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia high school students would face a cap on the number of college courses the state would pay for under a bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 444 passed on a 34-18 vote and now moves to the House for more debate. Gov. Brian Kemp and a number of lawmakers say the...

FILE - In this July 17, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry shoots over Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, in Uncasville, Conn. McCoughtry, a two-time WNBA scoring champion, is testing free agency for the first time in her career. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)

Dream allowing Angel McCoughtry to test WNBA free agency

Jan. 28, 2020 12:36 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Dream two-time WNBA scoring champion Angel McCoughtry is testing free agency for the first time in her career. McCoughtry missed last season with a knee injury. She has reached an agreement with the Dream, which will not use its core designation to retain exclusive negotiating rights...

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks to reporters outside the Senate as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Collins expected to try ousting new GA senator in GOP battle

Jan. 27, 2020 11:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump and vocal opponent of his impeachment, is expected to announce he will challenge fellow Republican and newly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her seat this year, a Republican official said Monday. The decision by the...

FILE - In this undated file photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Donnie Cleveland Lance, who was convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than 20 years ago. Lance is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence, plans to hold a closed-door clemency hearing Tuesday. The board on Monday declassified a clemency application filed by Lance's lawyers. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Lawyers ask parole board to spare condemned man's life

Jan. 27, 2020 2:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend shouldn't be executed, his lawyers argue, citing the additional pain it will cause his children, evidence of brain damage not heard by the jury that sentenced him to die and his model behavior in prison. Donnie Cleveland Lance,...