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NewsNet 04-24-14

TUCSON CITY COUNCIL RESTORES SOME PARKS FUNDING - Tucson City Manager Richard Miranda yesterday formally presented his budget recommendations to the Mayor and Tucson City Council. Council Members stated their opposition to cutting parks funding and staff, reducing funding to outside agencies, and raising business license fees.  They unanimously approved moving $500,000 proposed for the General Services budget to the Parks budget.  A public hearing on the proposed final budget is scheduled for May 6, with tentative adoption slated for May 20. A final vote is planned for June 3. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and read the City Manager's Recommended Budget.

UA CLASS PRESENTS STREETCAR MARKETING PLAN - The Integrated Marketing Communications class Tuesday gave its final presentation to local political and business leaders on the marketing campaign it developed for the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and City Manager Richard Miranda were among those who listened to the students' ideas. One of the recommendations from the class was to allow students to pay for a SunLink pass through their Bursar's accounts. UA Parking and Transportation says it is making that recommendation a reality. Read more from the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENT THIS WEEKEND - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) again are sponsoring the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative this Saturday. During the event, the public can bring unwanted or unused medications to either of two drop-off locations, where they can be turned over for disposal. This service is free and anonymous. The drop-off sites are at the TPD Eastside Service Center, 9760 E. Golf Links Rd (just east of Harrison Rd) and the TPD Westside Service Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile (northeast corner of Miracle Mile & Flowing Wells Rd). Both sites will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please do not bring sharps, needles, I.V. medications, glass containers, or inhalers.

TRAFFIC ALERT: GRANDE AVENUE RESTRICTIONS THIS WEEKEND - Grande Avenue will be the site of the annual Fiesta Grande this Saturday and Sunday. The Fiesta runs from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Beginning Friday, at approximately 6 a.m., the southbound, right lane of Grande Avenue will be closed between West Delaware Street and West Saint Clair Street. At about 7 p.m. Friday, Grande Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic between Saint Marys Road and Speedway Boulevard. All traffic should return to normal at approximately midnight Sunday. Read the news release.

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