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NewsNet 03-07-14

TRAFFIC ALERT: DOWNTOWN RESTRICTIONS TOMORROW - If you plan to head downtown for the Old Pueblo Grand Prix bicycle races and 2nd Saturdays Downtown tomorrow, prepare for traffic detours and restrictions. Beginning at approximately 1 p.m., Stone Avenue will be closed between Franklin Street/Toole Avenue and Congress Street. Also, Pennington Street between Church Avenue and Stone Avenue will be closed, as will Church Avenue between Franklin Street and Pennington Street. Alameda Street will be closed between Main Avenue and Scott Avenue. Additionally, Council Street between Stone Avenue and Meyer Avenue, and Washington Street between Church Avenue and Meyer Avenue will be closed. All roads should reopen by approximately 10 p.m. Read the news release.

TUCSON POLICE TRAINING FOR NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - Tucson Police officers have been undergoing training at the Public Safety Academy, in preparation for the success of the University of Arizona Wildcats in the upcoming NCAA tournament. TPD says it has crowd management plans for both evenings of the Final Four, before and after the games, if the Cats continue their winning ways. Assistant Chief Brett Klein says TPD expects to have more than 300 officers on the streets the evening of the championship game and they will be assisted by Pima County Sheriff's deputies and officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the University of Arizona Police Department. Read more from Tucson News Now.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS SOLICITED FOR CITY OF TUCSON GRANTS - The City is accepting proposals for Economic and Workforce Development Grants, and Special Events Grants for Fiscal Year 2015. The development proposals should include items for small business and development, job training and education programs for adults, at-risk youth, and at-risk adults. Special events grants will be awarded to those who help develop the local economy via emerging and established special events that build the community, economy and tourism. Proposals are due no later than Friday, March 21, 2014 at 4 p.m.

MAGAZINE: "TUCSON IS A CITY OF BOUNDLESS POSSIBILITIES" - Canadian Traveller magazine features Tucson in its latest issue, calling the city "a place where the freedom to be/think/experiment/try intersects with a world of boundless possibilities." The magazine points out our virtually year-round sunshine, spectacular desert and mountain views, and Tucson's rich history of Native Americans, ranchers and frontiersmen of the Old West. It also talks about our famous restaurants and multitude of entertainment venues. Read the article.

TUCSON RECORDS WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD - The National Weather Service reports Tucson just finished its warmest December-February on record, beating the previous record-holding period of 1980-81. In the past three months, Tucson’s average temperature was 56.9 degrees. That’s 0.3 degrees warmer than the previous record. Records were first kept for the Tucson area in 1895. The Weather Service also says this is the 15th-driest winter on record, with 0.84 inches of rain falling at Tucson International Airport, which is almost two inches below normal. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.