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BOSTON (AP) — A bankruptcy judge has approved a $200 million plan to compensate victims of a 2012 meningitis outbreak that hit several states including Tennessee — caused by a now-closed Massachusetts pharmacy.

The money will be available to compensate the New England Compounding Center's creditors and people who became ill or died as the result of receiving tainted steroid injections. The plan was approved Tuesday by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says statistics show hate crimes last year in the state declined from 2013, but more incidents of religious bias were reported.

The TBI released its annual statistical study on hate crimes Monday. The report is based on data submitted by Tennessee law enforcement agencies to TBI through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A former Tennessee congressional candidate has been arrested for plotting to attack a Muslim community in Delaware County, New York.

The Chattanooga Times-Free Press reports Signal Mountain, Tennessee, resident Robert Doggart has entered a plea agreement with prosecutors that could result in five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed Tennessee's $33.8 billion annual budget plan into law.

Haslam spokesman David Smith said the governor on Monday signed the appropriations legislation that establishes spending priorities for the spending year that starts July 1.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the number of law enforcement officers in the state who were attacked declined in 2014 from the year before.

Information submitted by law enforcement agencies to TBI through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System shows the number of officers reported as being victims fell to 1,704 last year. That is down more than 7 percent from 1,846 in 2013.

The report released Monday also says no law enforcement officers were reported being feloniously killed in the line of duty last year.

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