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State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has opened his wallet for state legislative campaigns throughout the state.

According to the final campaign finance reports to be filed before the Aug. 4 primary, Haslam gave $150,000 to his political action committee, Jobs4TN. The committee then contributed all but $4,000 of that amount to the campaigns of 44 lawmakers.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville International Airport is embarking on a $1.2 billion renovation aimed at changing virtually every aspect of a traveler's experience.

The Tennessean reports projects planned in the next five to seven years include new parking, more security lines, larger baggage claim and ticketing areas, expanded concourse space and a hotel.

Airport leaders said the renovation is in response to a record-breaking number of passengers coming through Nashville — 12.2 million for the fiscal year ending June 30.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — TVA is closing and capping 10 coal ash ponds at power plants in Tennessee and Alabama, against the urging of environmentalists who want the ash dug up and removed.

TVA issued its decision on Friday, affirming plans to keep the coal ash at six fossil plants where the ash was dumped over the past half century. TVA says the best, fastest and cheapest method of cleaning up the ponds is to close them and put a cap on the wastes to prevent leakage.

CAMDEN, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is renewing his call for state Rep. Jeremy Durham to resign, but says he won't speed up the process for convening a special legislative session to oust him.

Haslam told reporters after a grant announcement in Camden on Tuesday that he will leave it to lawmakers to decide on calling the special session.

It takes two-thirds of lawmakers in both chambers to call a special session. Haslam noted that two-thirds is also the threshold for ousting a member.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 124,000 Tennesseans already have taken advantage of early voting or absentee voting for the Aug. 4 state primary and county general election.

According to the a news release from the Secretary of State's Office, voters can find their early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots, see their elected officials and find election results with the GoVoteTN app, available for free from the App Store or Google Play. Voter information is also available at GoVoteTN.com.

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