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NewsNet 04-22-14

CITY BUDGET, TRANSIT AND MORE ON MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL AGENDA TOMORROW - Budget, transit, and the proposed Downtown Entertainment district are some of the items scheduled to be discussed during tomorrow's meetings of the Mayor and Tucson City Council. The Study Session begins at noon, and the Regular Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda St., and can be seen via live streaming from Tucson 12. Read the agenda items.

POLICE NAB SUSPECTED CARJACKER AND RETURN VEHICLE TO OWNER - Tucson Police officers Friday responded to a carjacking call at the 1200 block of East Tucson Marketplace. The victim told police she was walking out of a store when a male with a silver revolver approached her and demanded her keys. She gave the man her keys and he took the car and fled. The vehicle was spotted by the Tucson Police Air Support Unit, which followed the car until officers on the ground caught up with it. The suspect was arrested and jailed on several charges and the victim's vehicle was returned. There were no injuries during the incident. Read more at the TPD Facebook page.

BUFFELGRASS A THREAT AS TEMPERATURES HEAT UP - Buffelgrass is an invasive grass species first brought over from Africa in the 1930s for grazing and erosion control. It has taken over large swaths of land in Southern Arizona, strangling native plant roots. The thick density of buffelgrass is perfect fuel for massive summer fires. The Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center routinely organizes community events to remove buffelgrass and it recently developed a mobile app for mapping and removal. Read more from KVOA.

CORONADO NATIONAL FOREST OFFERS MORE CABIN RENTAL OPTIONS - The Coronado National Forest is adding three renovated 1930s-era cabins to the Rooms with a View program, which offers cabins for public rental on national forest lands. Two of the cabins are in Cave Creek Canyon southeast of Willcox, an area known for its forests, sheer canyon walls and abundant bird life. The other is at the Palisades Administrative Site in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. With the addition of the three newly-renovated cabins, there are now 17 cabins available for public rental. More information is at 1-877-444-6777 and the links below. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and Reserve America.

CITY OF TUCSON IS REMOVING ABANDONED SHOPPING CARTS - If you see a shopping cart off store property, abandoned along the street, or sitting in a wash, please call the City of Tucson's Environmental Services (ES) Department to have it removed. You can call Customer Service at (520) 791-3171 or use the 'My-Waste'™ app and choose the Report a Problem option. Read more at ES website.