HEATWAVEL State Death Toll Rises to 10

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- There has been another heat-related death in Memphis, bringing the statewide toll to 10. Nine of the deaths have been in the Memphis area.

Shelby County Medical Examiner Karen Chancellor said today a 77-year-old woman found dead yesterday died because of the extreme heat. The official high temperature in Memphis yesterday was 105 degrees.

The victim's body was found in her home.

Chancellor says the victim had pre-existing medical problems, but the torrid weather contributed to her death.

It's a hot summer in Memphis. The heat index has risen above 100 each day since June 27th and the temperature has set daily records for the past week.

From June 27th through yesterday, nearly 190 people have come to hospital emergency rooms with heat-related symptoms.

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