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The buyouts would save about $64 million in next year’s state budget if the projected 2,000 workers take them. Tennessee is trying to bridge an estimated $500 million budget gap.

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Cleared ex-chaplain a primary delegate

OLYMPIA — A former Army chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who was cleared of spying accusations will be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Former Capt. James J. Yee was among the delegates pledged to Sen. Barack Obama who were elected by precinct representatives Saturday. He is representing the state’s 9th Congressional District at the party’s convention in Denver in August.

The West Point graduate, a Muslim, was accused in 2003 of being part of a spy ring at the U.S. prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.

After spending 76 days in solitary confinement, he was exonerated. He resigned from the Army and received an honorable discharge.

Mr. Yee now lives with his wife and daughter in Olympia.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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