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Tuesday, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly adopt a second round of standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles, the Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs, subject to appropriations, to develop next generation technologies that will support industry in going beyond those standards while also accelerating technology advances for passenger cars and light trucks.

In this week's address, President Obama commemorated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and encouraged Americans to "Find Your Park." First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Laura Bush are serving as honorary co-chairs of the National Parks Centennial Celebration to raise awareness and help Americans connect with their favorite parks and public lands. Today, military families can access all national parks for free through the Joining Forces initiative, and families with a fourth grader can get a free pass by visiting EveryKidInAPark.org.

Building on our strong international partnerships to accelerate grid modernization, research and deployment, the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability today announced a new Funding Opportunity Announcement for joint research on smart grid and energy storage under the U.S.–India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACE-R).

Getting a higher education is one of the most important investments students can make for themselves, and it is best way to ensure a strong middle class. Since the start of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Education has worked to make college more affordable and increase college success, including doubling investments in Pell grants and tax credits to help students and their families pay for college, releasing better information on debt and outcomes through the College Scorecard that helps students and families make strong college choices, and allowing borrowers to affordably manage their debt through repayment options like the President’s Pay As You Earn (PAYE) plan, which caps monthly payments at 10 percent of income.

In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, NOAA calls for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreases the chance of a below-normal season to only 15 percent, from the initial outlook issued in May. The season is still expected to be the most active since 2012.