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NewsNet 04-23-14

GOVERNOR JAN BREWER VETOES TWO GUN BILLS - Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday vetoed HB 2339, which would have allowed those who have a state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon to ignore a “no guns” sign posted at the door, unless security measures — including armed guards, metal detectors and gun lockers — were in place. The Governor voiced concerns about the security cost to cities, counties and other government agencies. Brewer also vetoed legislation to allow civil penalties for city officials who enact their own gun laws, saying the measure was unnecessary. Read more from Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star.

BASIS NORTH AND UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL (UHS) RATED AMONG NATION'S BEST - BASIS Tucson North and UHS are once again on the top 10 list of the best high schools in the country. BASIS ranked fifth and UHS finished 7th in the latest survey by U.S. News & World Report. BASIS Scottsdale is ranked second, meaning Arizona schools make up nearly a third of the top 10 schools in the country. The 2014 Best High Schools rankings include school-specific data on location, enrollment, ethnicity, school type, and test results to develop the rankings. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and read the complete list at U.S. News.

WATER AWARENESS PRESENTATIONS CONTINUE - April is Water Awareness Month in Arizona, and Tucson Water and several Tucson City Council Members are hosting public sessions to discuss water. Topics include present and future water resources, long-range planning, water quality and safety, investment in infrastructure and technology, and drought. The next session, co-hosted by Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich, will be held tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Rd. For more information, call (520) 791-4711. Read the news release.

SUSTAINABLE HISTORIC HOME TOUR THIS WEEKEND - The City of Tucson’s Historic Preservation and Sustainability programs are coordinating the Sustainable Historic Home Tour this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The self-guided open house tour will feature historic homes in Tucson that have been “green retrofitted” to be more sustainable, while remaining sensitive to their historic characters. Participants will travel to locations identified on a map, where the property owners and volunteers will provide information and tours. Read the news release.

HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS - Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to tdotsr@tucsonaz.gov. You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app for iOS and Android.