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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state lawmaker is facing up to $177,500 in fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for discharging waste from his northwestern Tennessee hog farm without a permit.

WTVF-TV in Nashville first reported Thursday that the EPA had filed the complaint against state Rep. Andy Holt, a Dresden Republican and vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. According to the filing, Holt's farm discharged a total of more than 860,000 gallons from lagoons on the farm raising nearly 1,500 swine without proper authorization.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield says he has asked for an independent audit of Tennessee's prisons after complaints from current and former employees that violence is on the rise.

In a hearing before a Senate subcommittee on Thursday, some employees blamed an unpopular new work schedule for staffing shortages that they said have made the prisons more dangerous. They also said wardens were being pressured into classifying violent assaults as nonviolent incidents in order to make it look as though prisons are safer than they actually are.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A professor at Middle Tennessee State University has been appointed to lead a panel that will review the name of a campus building honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The university said in June that it would engage the community on the name of Forrest Hall, which houses MTSU's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program and is named after the rebel general, slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan member.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man wanted for the stabbing deaths of two 18-year-old women inside a tanning salon 19 years ago has been returned to Nashville.

Multiple media outlets report that 39-year-old Patrick L. Streater had been held in a prison in San Diego, California until Wednesday, serving time for robbery. Metro Nashville police officers transported him back to the city to answer to a 2013 indictment charging him with the 1996 stabbings.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he hopes his home state of Tennessee won't emulate the Washington approach to spending on transportation projects without finding ways to pay for them.

Corker on Wednesday praised Gov. Bill Haslam, a close friend and fellow Republican, for trying to find long-term solutions to Tennessee's transportation needs.

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