JACKSON (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating the theft of firearms from a gun store in west Tennessee.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says about 11 guns were reported stolen on Sunday from RFC Tactical, a gun store in Jackson that is licensed to sell firearms. The ATF says investigators are working to figure out exactly how many weapons were stolen from the store.

The ATF said it is offering a reward in the case of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for a total reward of up to $5,000. The foundation matches the ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from licensed retailers.

Anyone with information about the theft should contact the ATF.

Racing horses sick

with equine blood parasite

NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s state veterinarian’s office is investigating an outbreak of a blood parasite in a group of racing quarter horses.

The office says 22 horses have tested positive for equine piroplasmosis in five locations within Bedford, Rutherford and Williamson counties.

It can take up to 30 days for an infected horse to test positive after exposure. Horses that do test positive are quarantined and may be euthanized. Those that survive will continue to carry the parasite for an extended period.

Horses will not transmit the disease to other horses through casual contact.

It is commonly spread through shared needles or improperly cleaned dental, surgical or blood product equipment.

Early signs of the disease can include weakness, lack of appetite, swollen limbs and labored breathing.

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