Severe storms loom across central US this weekend
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A large section of the Midwest and South are at risk for strong tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash flooding this weekend.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., on Thursday advised residents to be aware that dangerous weather is on the way and to make sure that they can receive weather warnings during their weekend activities.
Strong upper-level winds are forecast to move in from the west and merge with moist air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico, creating conditions that are favorable for tornado development.
Large hail and rain of up to several inches are also expected.
The storms are forecast to start Saturday from Nebraska to Texas and move eastward through Monday.
Tenn. official to VW: 'Circumstances have changed'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Emails obtained by WTVF-TV indicate that as recently as two weeks before a union election, Volkswagen was still moving forward with a draft memorandum of understanding on Tennessee state incentives to expand the automaker's Chattanooga plant.
But the incentives offer was withdrawn. Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty told Volkswagen executives in a Jan. 31 email that "circumstances have changed" since the state made the $300 million incentive offer in August, and the package was "no longer relevant."
That same day, a Hagerty aide emailed Volkswagen officials to tell them that the dollar figures were being removed from the draft agreement.
The United Auto Workers this week withdrew its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing, and Gov. Bill Haslam says he hopes to renew negotiations on the incentives.
Child calls Memphis 911 after finding parents shot
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis police say a 7-year-old girl called 911 after waking up to find her parents had been shot.
The Commercial Appeal reports the girl told the 911 operator Thursday morning that she was home with her younger siblings, and she couldn't wake up her parents.
Police Maj. Dennis McNeil told the paper that police and firefighters arrived shortly after 7 a.m. to find a man and woman unresponsive in the living room. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
Family members at the scene identified the couple as James and Danielle Alexander and said they had three other children - a 5-year-old boy, a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl.
Investigators said there were no suspects in custody and it was too early to determine what happened.
Teens charged as adults in Craigslist slaying
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Two 17-year-old boys accused of murder in the fatal shooting of a Memphis man trying to sell his car on Craigslist will be tried as adults.
The Commercial Appeal reports Special Judge Dan Michael ruled on Wednesday to move Martiness Henderson and Walter Collins to adult court on a charge of murder in the perpetration of a robbery. Another man, 21-year-old Brandon Vance, also faces the same charge.
Police say they killed 37-year-old Larry Wilkins, who was trying to sell his 2006 Ford Mustang on Craigslist.
Memphis Police Sgt. Eric Kelly testified at a hearing that the three suspects went to look at the car and decided to steal it when they found out the asking price was more than they had.
FATAL CABIN FIRE
Officials say boy's remains likely incinerated
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials haven't found the remains of a 5-year-old Indiana boy who is presumed dead following a fire at a rental cabin in East Tennessee and say it's likely they were completely incinerated.
Sevier County Sheriff Office Capt. Jeff McCarter told the Knoxville News Sentinel that firefighters and investigators spent several days sifting through debris. He said anthropologists told police that there was a "great possibility" that no remains exist for Tyveon Temple.
The fire broke out April 12 at a Sevierville cabin where 22 people from Kentucky and Indiana were staying.
One other person, 56-year-old Ricky Hudson, died after suffering severe lacerations from breaking a window in an attempt to save others. Hudson was the boy's step-grandfather.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
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