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NewsNet 01-28-14

PRESIDENT TO DELIVER STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS TONIGHTPresident Obama will deliver his State of the Union address at 7 p.m. and he's expected to discuss raising the minimum wage, developing worker skills, college affordability, high-tech manufacturing, housing, retirement security and other issues. Federal issues important to the Tucson Mayor & Council include immigration reform, housing, transportation, nutrition programs and postal reform.

CITY OF TUCSON SEEKS GRANT TO PROTECT BICYCLES FROM VEHICLES - Tucson officials hope the City is one of six cities selected for the People for Bikes' Green Lane Project, which would allow our community to receive technical and financial support to build protected bicycle infrastructure. A protected bike lane separates bicycles and motor vehicles using a physical barrier. City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager Ann Chanecka says one of the first protected bike lanes the City wants to implement is on Church Avenue, from Sixth Street/St. Mary’s to Cushing Street. The Green Lane Project award winners will be announced in March. Read more from Tucson Velo.

TUCSON TO GET NEW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER - The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) expects to break ground in March on a new air traffic control tower to replace the current tower that was built in the 1950s. The Federal Aviation Administration is on course to issue a construction contract this spring for the federally funded, $43 million tower, according to President and CEO Bonnie Allin. Construction is expected to take about two years.  Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.


MICHIGAN GOVERNOR WANTS IMMIGRANTS TO MOVE TO DETROIT TO HELP FILL EXODUS OF RESIDENTS - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced plans to seek federal help in bringing 50,000 immigrants to the bankrupt city over five years, as part of a visa program aimed at those with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in science, business or the arts. "Isn't that how we made our country great, through immigrants?" said Mr. Snyder, a Republican.  Under the plan, which is expected to be formally submitted to federal authorities soon, immigrants would be required to live and work in Detroit, a city that has fallen to 700,000 residents from 1.8 million in the 1950s. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other city leaders say they support the plan. Read more from the New York Times.


ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT GIVING AWAY COMPOST BINS IN CONTEST - Tucson-area schools with gardens and other community gardens have a chance to win one of four compost bins through the Do More Blue Tucson Facebook page. The Environmental Services Department is sponsoring a Facebook photo contest, to be decided by public vote. Entrants should submit the photo which best represents the garden. Photos will be displayed for voting until Feb. 14th. View the contest details at Do More Blue Facebook page.