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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says he has agreed with U.S. environmental officials not to publicly discuss the next steps in addressing the German automaker's emissions cheating scandal.

Mueller told The Associated Press after a speech to workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga on Thursday that he understands frustration in the pace of finding a fix.

In Mueller's words: "I am impatient, too. I'd also like a faster solution. But we have to proceed with care."

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  General Motors has made good on a promise to bring another vehicle production line to Middle Tennessee, announcing Tuesday at the Detroit Auto Show that the GMC Acadia will be built at Spring Hill.

The Acadia is a ten-year-old midsize crossover SUV, previously built at a GM plant in Lansing, Michigan. GMC spokesman George Jones says the model to be built here in the mid-state beginning this spring has been completely revised.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says Google will invest $600 million to bring the company's eighth U.S. data center to Clarksville.

The Republican governor and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd made the announcement Tuesday. The move, which will be the company's 15th data center globally, is expected to create 70 new jobs.

Google acquired the former Hemlock Semiconductor site in Clarksville, which it will transform into the data center.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville International Airport says United Airlines plans new nonstop service from Nashville to San Francisco International Airport, starting May 5.

It is Nashville's only nonstop flight to San Francisco. The flight leaves Nashville daily at 5 p.m. Central time and arrives at 8:07 p.m. Pacific time. Return service leaves San Francisco at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time and arrives in Nashville at 3:59 p.m. Central time.

Tickets were available for purchase starting Tuesday.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has certified the United Auto Workers win in a union vote among skilled workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.

The German automaker has said it will challenge a ruling that allowed the 162 workers who repair and maintain machinery and robots at the Chattanooga factory to seek to form their own bargaining unit.

A spokeswoman for the federal panel said parties have 14 days from the election certification to request a review.