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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and FBI have executed search warrants at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and the sheriff's home.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said in a statement on Thursday that the warrants are part of an ongoing investigation into possible public corruption involving multiple targets within the sheriff's department.

DeVine said he couldn't discuss specifics because of the continuing investigation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a second former Vanderbilt football player who was convicted in the dorm room rape of a student are asking a judge to declare a mistrial in the case.

WKRN-TV reports that Judge Monte Watkins received a motion late Tuesday from lawyers representing Cory Batey. Lawyers representing Brandon Vandenburg filed a similar motion last week, claiming a juror in the trial intentionally withheld information that he was a rape victim during the jury selection process. The lawyers say the juror was biased in his verdict.

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a third man has been charged with murder in the case of a slain Tennessee nursing student.

The Shelby County District Attorney's office said Wednesday that John Dylan Adams has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and murder in the perpetration of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape of Holly Bobo.

Adams' brother, Zachary Adams, and another man, Jason Autry, also face the same charges. Zachary Adams and Autry had been previously charged with murder and kidnapping in the case.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators say that a Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million they raised for cancer patients to buy cars, luxury cruises, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries.

Officials said it was one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.


BOSTON (AP) — A bankruptcy judge has approved a $200 million plan to compensate victims of a 2012 meningitis outbreak that hit several states including Tennessee — caused by a now-closed Massachusetts pharmacy.

The money will be available to compensate the New England Compounding Center's creditors and people who became ill or died as the result of receiving tainted steroid injections. The plan was approved Tuesday by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge.