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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The head of Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant tells state lawmakers that the German automaker's plans for the Tennessee factory remain intact despite the fallout from the company's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Christian Koch, the plant's president and CEO, said Thursday that diesels made up between 20 percent and 25 percent of the midsized Passat sedans produced in Chattanooga before sales were halted following the revelations.

The plant has made more than 500,000 Passats since 2011.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are holding a hearing in Chattanooga on Thursday about Volkswagen's efforts to recover from a diesel emissions cheating scandal.

The hearing was called by Republican Sen. Bo Watson, who has said he wants to ensure that the state's hundreds of millions of incentive dollars are being spent wisely by the German automaker.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators and the NAACP State Conference will host a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss mass incarceration and its impact on the community.

Tennessee Black Caucus chairwoman Brenda Gilmore says the symposium will focus on the results of mass incarceration in overall society, particularly in the African-American community.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee’s U.S. Senators have voted in favor of a cybersecurity bill that has some tech companies and privacy advocates concerned.

The Senate yesterday passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act 74-21. The bill seeks to improve cybersecurity by encouraging companies and the government to share information about hacking threats.

Some senators and technology companies, such as Apple and Yelp, are opposed to the measure, but Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander voted in favor.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's examination of privatizing operations in state government has raised concerns among some Republican state senators attending a caucus retreat in Nashville.

But Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey quickly rallied to the Republican governor's side and urged his colleagues not to be swayed by "squeaky wheels" in their districts.

The Haslam administration is mulling over outsourcing operations at state parks and facilities management at public colleges and state buildings.