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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt University football player charged in the 2013 rape of an unconscious female student. After deliberating for about 15 hours, the jury on Friday evening found Brandon Banks guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The National Weather Service says a storm spreading across the Tennessee and Ohio valleys is winding down. The weather service said at 5 p.m. that Cindy has lost tropical characteristics but heavy rain potential is moving east across the Ohio Valley and into Pennsylvania with severe thunderstorms forming south of Cindy.

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia authorities have given $10,000 apiece to two Tennessee households for help catching two inmates accused of killing their guards while escaping from a prison bus. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in an email Friday that the agency decided to equally split the $20,000 portion of the reward it had offered.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A theft charge has been dropped in the case of a former Tennessee lawmaker accused of stealing his opponent's campaign signs in the days before a primary election. The Commercial Appeal reports that a charge of theft of property under $500 against Curry Todd was dropped Friday after the primary witness in the case, Mark Lovell, did not show up in court.

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