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NewsNet 04-04-14

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS (ABOR) GUARANTEES INCOMING UA FRESHMAN STEADY TUITION FOR FOUR YEARS - While freshman entering the University of Arizona this fall will pay nearly 5.4 percent more than those who arrived last year, they won't have to worry about any tuition hikes during the next four years. ABOR approved the changes yesterday, meaning incoming freshman who live in Arizona will pay $10,957 a year for base tuition and fees. In-state undergraduates returning to the UA will pay an extra 1.8 percent, bringing their total tuition and fees to $10,581. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TAKE THE NATIONAL MAYOR'S CHALLENGE FOR WATER CONSERVATION - Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Tucson Water are asking residents to participate in the Wyland Foundation's National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation and help Tucson repeat its 2013 first-place showing. Online pledges can be made through April 30 at MyWaterPledge.com. Residents are encouraged to save water by doing simple things, such as fixing leaky faucets and using low-flow fixtures. The challenge is a city-friendly competition started by mayors in Florida and Southern California. It became a national event in 2012.

CACTUS AND COLOR BOWLS ADDING TO DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPE - Planters with a variety of species of cactus, flowers and other plants are showing up downtown to inject natural beauty into the area. They also have another purpose - making a more-friendly and defined space for people, via a process called streetscaping. The project of the Downtown Tucson Partnership has a variety of plants in more than 50 locations around Downtown Tucson.

UGANDAN ORPHANS CHOIR TO PERFORM IN TUCSON TOMORROW - The Reid Park Zoo is welcoming the Ugandan Orphans Choir tomorrow. The Choir will perform in Expedition Tanzania at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. The performances are free with regular Zoo admission. The Ugandan Orphans Choir consists of 10 sponsored orphans from the Ssese Islands in Uganda. The children perform for audiences across the country with authentic African tribal drumming, dancing and singing.

PREPARE FOR BRUSH FIRES - Spring cleaning doesn't just mean clearing the clutter from inside your house. In this week's "No Bad Days with Barrett" on KGUN9, Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker says it's also important to clean around the outside to create a defensible space to keep your home safe from brush fires. Read more from KGUN9.

NEED HELP STARTING OR EXPANDING A BUSINESS IN TUCSON? CALL THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LINE - The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives, along with 21 new business incentives, streamlined permit processes and more, to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly.