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A Georgia prisoner scheduled for execution this week has spent the last 27 years regretting the decisions that led him to kill his sister-in-law as she was on her way to work with his estranged wife, his lawyers said in a clemency application.

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Keith Leroy Tharpe, 59, is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson for the September 1990 shooting death of Jacquelyn Freeman.

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The most recent federal education law gives states and school districts more freedom when it comes to assessing student achievement and measuring school performance, some observers say.

But they also say the devil is in the details.

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That assessment was given by speakers at a recent conference at the University of Georgia.

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Metro Atlantans have debated for decades whether to expand commuter rail lines into the suburbs, with many residents outside the city rejecting plans for expansion.

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But another form of public transportation -- bus rapid transit -- has quietly captured the imagination of many public officials.

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A Georgia school district is extending the school day to make up for time lost following Tropical Storm Irma.

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The DeKalb County School District says the day will be extended by 20 minutes every day beginning Oct. 2 until the end of the semester, Dec. 20. Schools also will be open Election Day, Nov. 7, instead of closing.

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Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: "It's happening."

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The move sparked social media celebrations from current and former students, with many recalling how they had hauled their own 2-liter bottles of caffeinated sodas in their backpacks to keep awake for long study sessions.

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