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Senate confirms 2 nominees to TVA board

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (AP) - The U.S. Senate has confirmed two nominees to serve on the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest public utility.

Media report the Senate held a row call vote on the nominations of Democrats Ron Walter and Virginia Lodge after some Republicans objected to all Democrats being appointed to the board. The measure passed Tuesday night 86-12.

The vote came after Walter and Lodge signed a pledge to recuse themselves from any matters that come before the board involving Democratic real estate developer Franklin Haney, who is pushing a financial plan for the Bellefone Nuclear Plant.

Walter is the general manager of Memphis CBS affiliate WREG-TV and Lodge is a Nashville business consultant.

Both Tennessee senators voted for the measure, but vowed to have more Congressional oversight of the board.

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