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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The 108th Tennessee General Assembly has adjourned after a session that included the passing of a $32.4 billion spending plan that doesn't give pay increases to state employees and teachers. Gov. Bill Haslam had planned to give a 1 percent pay increase to state employees and 2 percent to teachers but later said he wouldn't be able to because of poor revenue collections.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The newly passed budget is expected to have a shortfall of about $277 million. Legislation passing in the recent session included measures to allow wine sales in grocery stores, fight methamphetamine production and give high school graduates free tuition at community colleges, which was a signature proposal of the governor.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A special team of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating an ammunition plant explosion west of Nashville. The explosion on Wednesday killed one man and critically injured another.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee arts organizations are receiving more than $995,000 in the National Endowment for the Arts' latest round of giving. According to the endowment, more than $750,000 will go to the Tennessee Arts Commission to support partnership activities.

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