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Budget delays may prolong legislative session

NASHVILLE. (AP) -- Tennessee legislative leaders say a budget impasse may keep lawmakers in session at least two more weeks.

The House and Senate appeared close to reaching an agreement on Tuesday after some lawmakers even met on Memorial Day to try to resolve their differences.

But House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville says negotiations have apparently broken down and that "we're going on with our budget and they're going on with theirs."

That means the matter will likely go to a conference committee, meaning lawmakers could be in session deep into this month.

The sticking points include whether to give state employees a bonus, dismantling the governor's infant mortality program and some capital projects, such as a plan to build a $16 million cold-water fish hatchery.

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