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NewsNet 02-18-14

FREE BIKE LIGHTS TONIGHT - Free bicycle lights will be handed out and installed from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Dakota Street, just west of Apollo Middle School. The lights are part of the "Light the Night" bicycle safety campaign from the City of Tucson's Department of Transportation (TDOT), Living Streets Alliance and the Pima Association of Governments (PAG). Volunteers from Living Streets Alliance will equip bicycles with a basic set of front and rear lights. They also will be distributing safety tips and information about laws related to bicyclists, including a new rule requiring a front bike light and a rear reflector.

CONSTRUCTION ON $11 MILLION WILDLIFE BRIDGE TO BEGIN IN APRIL - The State of Arizona, Pima County and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) are joining forces to build a wildlife bridge over Oracle Road, which is being widened to a six lane thoroughfare from Oro Valley to the Pinal County line. The vegetated bridge will connect 9,000 acres of state trust on the west to Catalina State Park on the east. Pima County will vote soon on whether to spend $175,000 to buy 12 acres near the bridge to protect it. It will try to use a land swap or sale of land to repay the general fund. Read more from Tucson News Now.

DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS CONTRIBUTE TO THE CHANGING FACE OF RETAIL - Retailers, including Wal-Mart, are trying to adapt their models to suit urban areas, as more people move into the urban core of major cities and shopping habits change. The changes are also creating a glut of excess space. Analysts say the footprints of stores are shrinking because consumers are shopping online more. In addition, technology has streamlined inventory systems, making them more efficient, so stores need far less room to keep stock. "That translates into the need for less space," says Michael Burden, a principal with Excess Space Retail Services, a company whose job it is to figure out what to do with unused retail space. Read more from NPR.

REPORT ABANDONED SHOPPING CARTS -If you see an abandoned shopping cart, please call (520) 792-CITY or (520) 791-3171 and report the location of the cart. You can also use the ‘My Waste’™ app on your smartphone. Once the City of Tucson has been notified of the location, a contractor will investigate, tag the cart and notify the store management. If the cart is not removed in a designated amount of time, the Environmental Services (ES) department will take it away.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE FROM WATER DAMAGE -When they aren't fighting fires, Tucson firefighters have some tips on how to keep your home safe from running water. Captain Barrett Baker offers advice about turning off the main water supply, using the proper hoses, and more. Watch "No Bad Days with Barrett" on KGUN9.