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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Members of the Tennessee House Republican Caucus are considering a special legislative session to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.

House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin says that a special session "is on the table" to discuss a proposal that would protect ministers who choose not to perform a gay wedding.

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved only small tuition hikes for the 2015-2016 school year.

A unanimous vote at the Regents' Friday meeting in Columbia raises tuition 3.4 percent at Tennessee's community colleges and 4 percent at the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.

At the six Board of Regents universities, tuition increases vary as follows:

—Austin Peay State University: 2.4 percent

—East Tennessee State University: 3 percent

—Middle Tennessee State University: 3.1 percent

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Farm Bureau says it’s reviewing the Obama Administration’s new rules governing the pollution of waterways.

This past week the Environmental Protection Agency moved to clarify which streams and other small bodies of water are federally protected.

The rules have already run into deep opposition from farm groups and the Republican-led Congress. The House voted to block the regulations earlier this month, saying they amount to overreach.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and FBI have executed search warrants at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and the sheriff's home.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said in a statement on Thursday that the warrants are part of an ongoing investigation into possible public corruption involving multiple targets within the sheriff's department.

DeVine said he couldn't discuss specifics because of the continuing investigation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A newly formed coalition says Tennessee has more than $8 billion in unfunded transportation needs, but they're getting little encouragement from legislators at either the state or federal level.

The Transportation Coalition of Tennessee is pushing lawmakers to appropriate more money for highway construction and maintenance, even if that means raising taxes.

Lawmakers have been reluctant to increase Tennessee's gas tax, the source of most state highway funds. The 21 cent a gallon tax hasn’t been raised since 1989.

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