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University of Memphis journalism students to cover Olympics

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Memphis says 14 of its journalism students will travel to Rio De Janeiro to cover the Summer Olympics. The university said in a statement Thursday that Roxane Coche, assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media, will be supervising the program. The games open Aug. 5. The group will be housed…

Former Memphis ministry prophetess charged in TBI investigation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former Memphis woman has been indicted in a TBI theft investigation. The woman is accused of stealing money intended to fund a summer program for low-income children.  According to a press release, 48-year-old Jeanette Jives-Nealy was indicted Tuesday by the Shelby County Grand Jury and charged with one count of Theft over $60,000. Nealy is a…

Police: Suspect jumps off 50-foot bridge during police chase

PEARL, Miss. (AP) – The Pearl Police Department has arrested a man they say jumped off a bridge to evade authorities. Captain Brian McGarity says officials arrested 20-year-old Romello Shance James on felony fleeing charges after the long police chase. McGarity says the incident began Wednesday night after an officer tried to pull over the suspect. He says the suspect…

Embezzlement charge dropped against ex-realty employee

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) – A 48-year-old woman accused in the embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a realty company she worked for is no longer facing prosecution. A Jackson County grand jury had indicted Diane Lynn Williams, of Ocean Springs, on a charge of embezzlement last year. The indictment said she took over $417,000, but it did not…

University of Memphis journalism students to cover Olympics

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Memphis says 14 of its journalism students will travel to Rio De Janeiro to cover the Summer Olympics. The university said in a statement Thursday that Roxane Coche, assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media, will be supervising the program. The games open Aug. 5. The group will be housed…

Jackson man charged with throwing newborn puppies in dumpster

JACKSON, Tenn. — A man is facing eight counts of aggravated animal cruelty after police say he threw a bag of newborn puppies in a dumpster outside a Jackson business. Ined Holmes Jr., 46, of Jackson was arrested after video surveillance led officers to identify him as the suspect after an employee found eight puppies alive in a dumpster, according to a…

Chelsea Clinton heads to Kentucky to open campaign office

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has plans to visit Kentucky this week. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Chelsea Clinton will visit Lexington to help open the Hillary for Kentucky Lexington office in her mother’s Democratic presidential campaign. The event is to start at 10:15 a.m. Friday at 1301…

Former Memphis officer charged with raping woman

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors say a former Memphis police officer has been charged with raping a woman at a downtown parking garage. The Shelby County district attorney’s office says 39-year-old Michael Smith was indicted Tuesday on charges of rape by coercion or force, rape of a physically incapacitated victim and rape of a victim unable to consent. He also…

Unfair labor practices complaint filed against Volkswagen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The National Labor Relations Board is bringing an unfair labor practices complaint against Volkswagen for the German automaker’s refusal to bargain with the United Auto Workers union at its lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee. The UAW was elected to represent workers specializing in the maintenance and repair of robots and machinery at the Chattanooga factory…