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Ozone advisory for counties in Tenn., Ark., Miss.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Health officials have issued an ozone advisory for residents in three counties in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The Shelby County Health Department is warning that ozone levels are going to be higher than normal Saturday in the Memphis metropolitan area due to stagnant conditions, increased temperatures and decreased winds.

The advisory affects residents of Crittenden County, Ark., DeSoto County, Miss., and Shelby County, Tenn.

The expected ozone levels have been qualified as "unhealthy for sensitive groups." Very active children and adults, and people with respiratory problems such as asthma, are asked to limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

Residents are asked to drive less, carpool and combine daily errands, and refuel cars and mowers after 7 p.m.

Memphis is offering 25 cent bus rides Saturday to reduce automobile usage.