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1. Kroger to Phase Out Plastic Bags at All Stores -

CINCINNATI (AP) — The nation's largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment.

Kroger Co. will start Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores at some point next year. The company said it will be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025.

2. EPA Moves to Dramatically Cut Regulation of Coal Power -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved to dismantle another major piece of President Barack Obama's environmental legacy on Tuesday, proposing to dramatically scale back restrictions on climate-changing emissions from coal-fired power plants even as it acknowledged that could lead to more premature deaths and serious illnesses.

3. Firestone Fallout -

The red letters grow fainter as the years pass in North Memphis. The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. plant’s smokestack, once a symbol of the industrial base that defined North Memphis, has become a different kind of symbol in the 35 years since the tire plant closed.

4. Court: EPA Violated Law on Harmful Pesticide, Orders Ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court says the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping the top-selling pesticide chlorpyrifos (clor-PY-ri-fos) on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.

5. 'Hazardous' Smoky Air Shuts Yosemite in Peak Tourist Season -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yosemite National Park's iconic cliffs are shrouded in so much smoke from nearby wildfires that the air quality is worse than anywhere in America and is rivaling Beijing.

6. New EPA Acting Chief Defends Past Coal Industry Lobbying -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency defended his past lobbying work with the coal industry on Wednesday as he addressed agency employees roiled by months of ethics allegations against former administrator Scott Pruitt.

7. Trump Claims Germany 'Controlled' by Russia, Merkel Differs -

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump barreled into a NATO summit Wednesday with claims that a natural gas pipeline deal has left Germany "totally controlled" and "captive to Russia" as he lobbed fresh complaints about allies' "delinquent" defense spending during the opening of what was expected to be a fraught two-day meeting.

8. Judge: Experts Can Testify That Roundup Linked to Cancer -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Evidence that Roundup weed killer can cause cancer seems "weak," but experts can still make that claim at trial, a U.S. judge ruled Tuesday.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco allows hundreds of lawsuits against Roundup's manufacturer, Monsanto, to move forward. The lawsuits by cancer victims and their families say the agrochemical giant long knew about Roundup's cancer risk but failed to warn them.

9. Pruitt Leaves His Mark on Businesses But Will it Last? -

As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt tried to roll back rules affecting many industries, but whether he made lasting changes in the government's regulation of business or failed to leave a legacy could be decided in the courts.

10. Last Word: River Museum Review, Tigers' Blended Family and Oxford Crackdown -

It’s not the Gulf. It’s Lake Pontchartrain that draws the crowds on Mud Island. The Riverwalk replica of the Gulf of Mexico’s neighbor that is. A few adjustments is all it took to return authorized wading to the area at the end of the scale model of the Mississippi River. The river park is changing as it continues to make its way through the annual season from the summer and into the fall.

11. EPA Sends Fuel Economy Changes to White House -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency has sent the White House a proposal widely expected to scale back future fuel-economy standards for cars and trucks.

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox confirmed Thursday that the agency has sent proposed new standards to the Office of Management and Budget for review.

12. Tennessee Candidate Rode Plane of Donor She Helped -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Rep. Diane Black rode a private plane linked to a Tennessee-based trucking company for which she helped extend a federal emissions loophole.

13. Audit: EPA Could Do More to Catch VW-Type Emissions Fraud -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators have stepped up the kind of testing that could have caught years of emissions-rigging by Volkswagen, but need to do more to keep automakers from duping them again on pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general said Tuesday.

14. Memphis To Be One of 10 Drone Test Sites -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is leading a Memphis group that is part of a national pilot program to integrate drones into air traffic.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program Wednesday, May 9, in Washington, D.C., with airport authority president and CEO Scott Brockman and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis both in attendance.

15. 2 Top Aides Leave EPA Amid Ethics Investigations -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top security official for embattled Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt abruptly left office ahead of his scheduled questioning before a congressional panel, one of two top aides whose departures were announced Tuesday amid a series of federal ethics investigations of the agency.

16. Trump EPA Expected to Roll Back Auto Gas Mileage Standards -

DETROIT (AP) – The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards that were a pillar in the Obama administration's plans to combat climate change.

17. City Gets Low-Interest Loan For Wastewater Renovations -

The city of Memphis will get an $11 million loan from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for ongoing improvements at the T.E. Maxson Wastewater Treatment Plant in southwest Memphis.

18. City Gets Low-Interest Loan For Wastewater Renovations -

The city of Memphis will get an $11 million loan from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for ongoing improvements at the T.E. Maxson Wastewater Treatment Plant in southwest Memphis.

19. Amazon to Pay $1.2 Million for Illegal Pesticide Sales -

SEATTLE (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a $1.2 million settlement with Amazon over the sale of illegal pesticides.

It's one of the largest penalties assessed under federal pesticides laws.

20. EPA Announces Commitment to Clean Tennessee Lead Site -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will clean a lead site in Tennessee, pending federal funding.

News outlets report the EPA announced its commitment Tuesday to clean the Southside Chattanooga Lead Site when funds are awarded by the National Priorities List. This follows a resident getting lead poisoning in 2011, and the state turning to the agency for help. The agency has tested hundreds of yards for lead since and would remediate yards with lead levels above 1,200 ppm where children were living. Nearly 100 yards have been remediated.

21. Agency-By-Agency Highlights of Trump's 2019 Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here are highlights from President Donald Trump's budget for fiscal year 2019...

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DEFENSE

Trump's budget for 2019 shows the administration's concern about the threat from North Korea and its missile program.

22. Trump's $4.4 Trillion Budget Moves Deficit Sharply Higher -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget for next year that heralds an era of $1 trillion-plus federal deficits and – unlike the plan he released last year – never comes close to promising a balanced ledger even after 10 years.

23. Governor’s Race Mixes Political Culture With Nuts-and-Bolts Policy -

As most of the other major contenders for Tennessee governor were on the same stage in Nashville last week, Republican Diane Black was in East Memphis meeting with a group of 15 local homebuilders. It was one in a set of meetings with small groups of potential supporters Black held in and around Memphis.

24. Digest -

Memphis Toys R Us

To Remain Open

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

25. Entire Operation of Federal Consumer Regulator Under Review -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Trump-appointed acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday that he is launching a review of all the federal consumer watchdog agency's policies and priorities.

26. Railroad Company Still Probing Tennessee Oil Spill Cause -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A Norfolk Southern Railway official says the company still doesn't know how thousands of gallons of oil ended up in the Tennessee River and Citico Creek.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press quotes company spokesperson Susan Terpay as saying spill cleanup is complete, but groups investigating last week's spill on the company's behalf are still searching for a cause.

27. EPA Names Mississippi Stamping Plant as Superfund Site -

GRENADA, Miss. (AP) – Federal officials want to put a polluted north Mississippi industrial site on the national Superfund list for cleanup.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed the Rockwell International Wheel & Trim site in Grenada to the list, making it eligible for long-term cleanup funding.

28. EPA Says Superfund Task Force Left Behind Little Paper Trail -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency says an internal task force appointed to revamp how the nation's most polluted sites are cleaned up generated no record of its deliberations.

29. Arkansas Lawmakers Ask Panel to Reconsider Dicamba Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday recommended a regulatory panel look at revising its proposed ban of an herbicide farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, nearly a month after a maker of the weed killer asked a judge to halt the prohibition.

30. Tenn. Agriculture Department Proposes New Dicamba Rules -

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is proposing new rules for the use of herbicides containing dicamba in the production of cotton and soybeans.

TDA is seeking approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 24(c) “special local needs” label to further restrict the use of new-formulation products in Tennessee, including BASF’s Engenia, Monsanto’s XtendiMax and DuPont’s FeXapan.

31. Monsanto Moves to Stop Arkansas From Banning Weed Killer -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas from enforcing a proposal going before lawmakers next week that would ban the use of a weed killer that farmers in several states have said drifts onto their crops and causes widespread damage.

32. Monsanto Asks Arkansas Judge to Halt State's Herbicide Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A major agribusiness company asked an Arkansas judge Friday to halt the state's plan to ban an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their fields and caused widespread damage.

33. Monsanto Sues Arkansas Board for Banning Disputed Herbicide -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A major agribusiness company sued Arkansas regulators on Friday for banning its version of an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their crops and caused widespread damage.

34. EPA, Herbicide Makers Agree on Dicamba Rules -

The Trump administration has reached a deal with three major agribusiness companies for new voluntary labeling requirements for a controversial herbicide blamed for damaging crops.

The Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont regarding the application of dicamba, which is used to control weeds in fields of genetically modified cotton and soybeans. Farmers who don’t buy the resistant seeds sold by the herbicide makers have complained that dicamba sprayed on neighboring properties drifts over and harms their crops, resulting in temporary bans issued last summer by state officials in Arkansas and Missouri.

35. EPA, Herbicide Makers Agree To New Dicamba Usage Rules -

The Trump administration has reached a deal with three major agribusiness companies for new voluntary labeling requirements for a controversial herbicide blamed for damaging crops.

The Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont regarding the application of dicamba, which is used to control weeds in fields of genetically modified cotton and soybeans. Farmers who don’t buy the resistant seeds sold by the herbicide makers have complained that dicamba sprayed on neighboring properties drifts over and harms their crops, resulting in temporary bans issued last summer by state officials in Arkansas and Missouri.

36. Volkswagen Promises to Roll Out 2 New Models Every Year -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Volkswagen plans to offer two new U.S. models every year for the foreseeable future and double the length of its warranties as it tries to attract new customers and recover from a 2015 emissions-cheating scandal.

37. Action on Student Loan Forgiveness Delayed as Rules Revised -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

38. All of Tenn. in Compliance With Air Quality Standard -

Tennessee environment officials say the whole state now complies with federal air quality health standards for particle pollution.

The last remaining areas in Tennessee to achieve “attainment” designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were finalized this week. Those areas are all of Anderson, Knox, Blount and Loudon counties and part of Roane County.

39. Council to Weigh Statues, Funding Projects -

Memphis City Council members have a busy agenda Tuesday, Sept. 5: continued discussion regarding bypassing a Tennessee Historical Commission waiver process to remove Confederate monuments and a recently enacted ban on sewer connections to properties outside the city limits.

40. Trump Adviser Resigned Ahead of Negative Magazine Story -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who resigned Friday from an unpaid post as President Donald Trump's adviser on deregulation efforts, stepped down as The New Yorker was preparing to publish a lengthy article detailing Icahn's potential conflicts of interest and questioning the legality of his actions.

41. VW and Regulators Agree on Fix for Cars in Cheating Scandal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Volkswagen and U.S. environmental regulators announced agreement Thursday on a plan for the German automaker to fix most of the diesel cars involved in an emissions cheating scandal.

42. Daimler to Recall 3 Million Vehicles to Ease Diesel Doubts -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German automaker Daimler will voluntarily recall 3 million Mercedes-Benz brand cars with diesel engines in Europe to improve their emissions performance, the company said Tuesday, in the wake of widespread public debate over the future of diesel.

43. Toxins in Water Under Memphis Power Plant Causing Alarm -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis residents are as proud of their sweet-tasting water as their barbecue and blues. The water – drawn from the Memphis Sand aquifer beneath this Tennessee city – is so revered that a city utility called it a "community treasure" in an online report on its cleanliness.

44. MATA Eyes Greener Future, Prepares For Upcoming Service Changes -

Despite being hampered by a tight budget, the Memphis Area Transit Authority is making strides to be more green and environmentally sensitive, including participating in National Dump the Pump Day in June and offering reduced fares on “Ozone Days” throughout the year, as well as recently collaborating with the EPA to install air pollution-monitoring stations.

45. Trump Expected to Leave Climate Deal – But With 'Caveats' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though Trump and aides were looking for "caveats in the language" related to the exit and had not made a final decision.

46. US Says Fiat Chrysler Used Software to Beat Emissions Tests -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is suing Fiat Chrysler, alleging that some of its diesel pickup trucks and Jeep SUVs cheat on emissions tests.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Justice Department marks the second time the government has gone after an automaker alleging use of software on diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution on the road than during Environmental Protection Agency lab testing.

47. 8 US Senators Seek Insider Trading Investigation of Icahn -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Eight U.S. senators have requested an investigation into whether a billionaire investor and adviser to President Donald Trump violated insider trading rules with bets made in the renewable fuel credit market.

48. Senate Sends $1.1T Spending Bill to Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has delivered to President Donald Trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running through September – putting off, for now, battles over Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall and his promised military buildup.

49. Lawmakers Settle on $1T Plan to Avoid US Gov't Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers on Monday unveiled a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund most government operations through September but would deny President Donald Trump money for a border wall and rejects his proposed cuts to popular domestic programs.

50. Court Delays Action on Rules Cutting Power Plant Pollution -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court has granted a request from the Trump administration to delay a decision on Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants.

51. EPA Chief Delays Methane Rule at Behest of Oil and Gas Firms -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Wednesday he's issued a 90-day delay for oil and gas companies to follow a new rule requiring them to monitor and reduce methane leaks from their facilities. Pruitt says the agency will now reconsider the 2016 measure, which the companies were required to comply with by this June.

52. Memphis Gets Nod for New Hotel Tax, Nashville Having Pipeline Problems -

The state Senate approved legislation enabling the Memphis City Council to consider an ordinance to create a new hotel/motel tax of no more than an aggregate of 5 percent to go toward the city-owned Memphis Cook Convention Center.

53. Memphis Gets Nod for New Hotel Tax, Nashville Having Pipeline Problems -

The state Senate has approved legislation enabling the Memphis City Council to consider an ordinance to create a new hotel/motel tax of no more than an aggregate of 5 percent to go toward the city-owned Memphis Cook Convention Center.

54. Trump's Budget Priorities Set Small Businesses Strategizing -

NEW YORK (AP) – The priorities laid out in President Donald Trump's budget message have some small business owners strategizing how they might benefit from a big boost in defense spending, and others thinking about how to make up for revenue they could lose to cuts in grant programs and subsidies.

55. Trump Tosses Obama's 'Clean' Energy Plan, Embraces Coal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Declaring "the start of a new era" in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.

56. Trump's Budget: Build Up Military, Build the Wall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget Thursday, proposing a far-reaching overhaul of federal spending that would slash many domestic programs to finance a big increase for the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

57. Q&A: Change to Fuel Economy Standards Could Impact Consumers -

DETROIT (AP) – President Donald Trump plans to re-examine federal fuel economy requirements for new cars and trucks.

The requirements were a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's strategy to combat global warming. But Trump appears to be making good on a pledge to car company CEOs to reduce "unnecessary regulations."

58. Trump Announces Challenge to Obama-Era Fuel Standards -

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) – President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration will re-examine federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, moving forcefully against Obama-era environmental regulations that Trump says are stifling economic growth.

59. Cooperation, Payments to Owners Help VW Avoid Bigger Penalty -

DETROIT (AP) – By cooperating with federal investigators and quickly agreeing to compensate car owners, Volkswagen likely will avoid a massive criminal fine for cheating on diesel emissions tests and trying to cover it up.

60. Trump Set to Roll Back Federal Fuel-Economy Requirements -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is moving to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to significantly increase the efficiency of new cars and trucks. The requirements were a key part of former President Barack Obama's strategy to combat global warming.

61. US Approves 3 Types of Genetically Engineered Potatoes -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – U.S. officials say three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat.

62. Trump Budget Will Hike Defense Spending By $54 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.

63. GOP Pushes 2 Top Cabinet Picks Through to Full Senate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans jammed two of President Donald Trump's top Cabinet picks through the Senate Finance Committee with no Democrats in the room Wednesday after suspending a rule that would have otherwise barred them from taking the vote. The tactic seemed a warning shot that they might deploy brute political muscle in the upcoming fight over the Supreme Court vacancy.

64. Federal Utility TVA Going to Trial Over Pollution Claims -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Environmental groups are taking the Tennessee Valley Authority to trial over waste ash from an aging coal-fired power plant northeast of Nashville, saying it polluted the Cumberland River in violation of the Clean Water Act.

65. Ford CEO Hopeful That Trump Will Ease Gas Mileage Standards -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford Motor Co.'s top executive is hopeful that President Donald Trump could ease government fuel economy requirements and reduce corporate taxes to help the auto industry grow and create jobs.

66. Official: Trump Wants to Slash EPA Workforce, Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The former head of President Donald Trump's transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts.

67. Despite Scandal, VW in Running for Global Sales Crown -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – It's ironic: Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

And now stands a decent chance to pass Toyota for the title of world's biggest carmaker for the year.

68. Volkswagen: Draft Deal in Scandal Contains $4.3B in Fines -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German automaker Volkswagen AG said Tuesday that it was in "advanced talks" with United States authorities over a proposed settlement in its diesel emissions scandal under which the company would pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines.

69. US Approves Fix for Some Volkswagen Diesels -

DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen will soon be able to repair some of its diesel cars so they meet U.S. emissions standards.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board said Friday that they have approved a fix for around 67,000 of the 475,000 Volkswagens and Audis with 2-liter diesel engines that were programmed to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.

70. Volkswagen Reaches Deal on Final Cars in Emissions Scandal -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Volkswagen reached a deal with U.S. regulators and attorneys for car owners for the remaining 80,000 diesel vehicles caught in the company's emissions cheating scandal, a federal judge announced Tuesday.

71. Corker, Alexander React To Latest Trump Picks -

Two of President-elect Donald Trump’s latest cabinet nominees will be going before Senate committees that include Tennessee’s two Republican senators.

Sen. Bob Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing in January for secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil.

72. Corker, Alexander React To Latest Trump Picks -

Two of President-elect Donald Trump’s latest cabinet nominees will be going before Senate committees that include Tennessee’s two Republican senators.

Sen. Bob Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing in January for secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil.

73. EPA to Keep Strict Gas Mileage Standards in Place -

DETROIT (AP) – The Obama administration has decided not to change government fuel economy requirements for cars and light trucks despite protests from automakers.

The decision means that automakers, at least for now, will still have to meet strict fuel economy requirements and that companies likely will continue building small cars and electric vehicles still even though people are buying more SUVs and trucks.

74. EPA, Local Groups Testing Air Pollution Sensors -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is testing out new, lower-cost air pollution monitors in Memphis, with help from the Shelby County Health Department and Memphis Area Transit Authority.

As part of the EPA’s CitySpace research project, air sensor pods have been installed at 16 locations, including three MATA transit facilities and seven active or historical air-monitoring sites operated by the health department. Two more sensor pods will be installed at separate locations during November, according to the organizations.

75. EPA, Local Groups Partner To Test Air Pollution Sensors -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is testing out new, lower-cost air pollution monitors in Memphis, with help from the Shelby County Health Department and Memphis Area Transit Authority.

As part of the EPA’s CitySpace research project, air sensor pods have been installed at 16 locations, including three MATA transit facilities and seven active or historical air-monitoring sites operated by the health department. Two more sensor pods will be installed at separate locations during November, according to the organizations.

76. US Approves 2 Types of Genetically Engineered Potatoes -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of two types of potatoes that are genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.

77. How Energy-Efficient Upgrades Can Increase Your Home's Value -

Energy-efficient upgrades can not only shrink your utility bill; they can increase the value of your home.

Homebuyers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of energy-efficient homes. In fact, they're often willing to pay more for homes with "green" upgrades, says Sandra Adomatis, a specialist in green valuation with Adomatis Appraisal Service in Punta Gorda, Florida.

78. 'Played the Fool': Car Owners Slam Volkswagen Emissions Deal -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Several angry Volkswagen owners told a federal judge on Tuesday that a $10 billion settlement does not adequately compensate them for the automaker's emissions cheating scandal.

79. Green Spaces Valuable Assets for Memphis, Citizens -

Shelby Farms Park’s biggest project – Heart of the Park – is open. The Wolf River Greenway is on track for completion no later than 2020. Overton Park has come through the greensward controversy and is moving ahead with park enhancements.

80. Human Case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County Reported -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Health officials are reporting the first human case of the West Nile virus in Shelby County this year.

The Shelby County Health Department is not disclosing the identity of the person who has acquired the mosquito-borne illness.

81. City of Hernando Awarded $400,000 Brownfields Grant -

The city of Hernando has earned a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will be used to clean up a brownfields site for redevelopment.

Grants of $325,000-$400,000 were issued to four Mississippi communities to go toward EPA cooperative agreements.

82. City of Hernando Awarded $400,000 Brownfields Grant -

The city of Hernando has earned a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will be used to clean up a brownfields site for redevelopment.

Grants of $325,000 to $400,000 were issued to four Mississippi communities to go toward EPA cooperative agreements.

83. US Says Fuel Economy Likely Won't Meet 2025 Targets -

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government says fuel economy of the nation's fleet of cars and trucks won't meet its targets in 2025 because low gas prices have changed the types of vehicles people are buying.

84. Tennessee to Get $570M In Volkswagen Settlement -

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with the Division of Consumer Affairs, announced Tuesday, June 28, a settlement requiring Volkswagen to pay more than $570 million for violating state laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive trade practices by marketing, selling and leasing diesel vehicles equipped with illegal and undisclosed “defeat device” software.

85. Tennessee to Get $570M In Volkswagen Settlement -

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with the Division of Consumer Affairs, announced Tuesday, June 28, a settlement requiring Volkswagen to pay more than $570 million for violating state laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive trade practices by marketing, selling and leasing diesel vehicles equipped with illegal and undisclosed “defeat device” software.

86. AP Sources: VW to Pay Nearly $10.2B to Settle Emissions Claims -

DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen has agreed to take a series of steps costing about $10.2 billion to settle claims from its unprecedented diesel emissions cheating scandal in the U.S., two people briefed on the matter said Thursday.

87. Attorney Wesley Fox Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee -

Wesley Fox has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC as an associate attorney. Fox earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2014 and previously served as a Title IV-D attorney for Shelby County.

88. Cellphone Radiation Study Raises Concerns Despite Low Risk -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new federal study of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation, conducted in rats, found a slight increase in brain tumors in males and raised long-dormant concerns about the safety of spending so much time with cellphones glued to our ears.

89. GM Offers Debit Cards or Longer Warranties in Mileage Case -

DETROIT (AP) – People who bought or leased 2016 General Motors SUVs with overstated gas mileage on the window sticker will be getting compensated, the automaker said Friday.

Those who purchased their SUV will get to choose a debit card or an extended warranty, while lessees will receive the debit card.

90. GM Stops Sale of SUVS; Mileage on Window Stickers Was Wrong -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors Co. is telling dealers not to sell about 60,000 SUVs in the U.S. because the gas mileage listed on the window stickers was inadvertently overstated.

91. Michigan Urges Toughest Lead Rules in U.S. After Flint Crisis -

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would have the toughest lead-testing rules in the nation and require the replacement of all underground lead service pipes in the state under a sweeping plan that Gov. Rick Snyder and a team of water experts unveiled Friday in the wake of Flint's water crisis.

92. Federal Officials Monitoring Sewage Spill in Memphis’ Cypress Creek -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A broken sewage line is dumping up to 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee, and federal environmental officials said Friday they are monitoring the situation.

93. Federal Officials Monitoring Sewage Spill in Memphis’ Cypress Creek -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A broken sewage line is dumping up to 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee, and federal environmental officials said Friday they are monitoring the situation.

94. FTC Sues VW Over False 'Clean Diesel' Advertising Claims -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal consumer watchdog sued Volkswagen on Tuesday, charging the company made false claims in commercials promoting its "Clean Diesel" vehicles as environmentally friendly.

95. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

96. US Government Sets Record for Failures to Find Files When Asked -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration set a record for the number of times its federal employees told disappointed citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn't find a single page requested under the Freedom of Information Act, according to a new Associated Press analysis of government data.

97. VW Employee Chief Urges US to Consider Fallout of Fines -

BERLIN (AP) – The head of Volkswagen's employee council said Tuesday he hopes that American authorities will consider the potential fallout on jobs in the U.S. and beyond as they mull what fines to impose on the company over its emissions-rigging scandal.

98. Agricenter President John Charles Wilson Retiring -

John Charles Wilson, president of Agricenter International, will be stepping down on July 1, 2016, after 15 years with the organization, but will continue on as a consultant on an as-needed basis.

The Agricenter board of directors has been actively looking at a field of candidates for his replacement.

99. Agricenter President John Charles Wilson Retiring -

John Charles Wilson, president of Agricenter International, will be stepping down on July 1, 2016, after 15 years with the organization, but will continue on as a consultant on an as-needed basis.

The Agricenter board of directors has been actively looking at a field of candidates for his replacement.

100. Tennessee Senate Votes to End Emissions Tests for New Cars -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday to end emissions testing in Tennessee for new cars, brushing aside concerns that relaxing standards might be a bad idea in light of the Volkswagen scandal.