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Tennessee lawmakers to hear from Volkswagen on Thursday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are holding a hearing in Chattanooga on Thursday about Volkswagen's efforts to recover from a diesel emissions cheating scandal.

The hearing was called by Republican Sen. Bo Watson, who has said he wants to ensure that the state's hundreds of millions of incentive dollars are being spent wisely by the German automaker.

Watson has long been a vocal critic of Volkswagen for not doing more to prevent the United Auto Workers union from gaining a foothold at the plant. Thursday's hearing comes less than a week after maintenance workers at the plant petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for a new union vote.

The vote would only apply to the about 165 maintenance workers at the plant where the UAW narrowly lost a union vote last year.