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NewsNet 05-07-14

NEW EMERGENCY KITS FOR TUCSON POLICE ALREADY ARE HELPING SAVE LIVES - First-aid kits issued to Tucson Police officers in January have been used to render potentially-lifesaving aid to 23 people in the last three months. The kits, specifically designed to treat trauma patients, were given to 600 patrol officers and sergeants who work in the field. The program has been so successful that more than 400 additional kits have been purchased, enough to supply every member of the force, Tucson Police Cpl. Michael Johnson announced at a news conference yesterday. The trauma kits are similar to those used by military ground troops to stem the flow of blood until a victim can receive medical care. Included in each black zippered pouch are wound packing gauzes with a mineral to speed up clotting; a tourniquet; pressure dressings to treat severe wounds; a large bandage to cover abdominal wounds; and a chest seal, an airtight sticker that seals holes in the chest cavity. The cost for the kits was about $51,000. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA TO OFFER UNDERGRADUATE LAW DEGREE - The University of Arizona will offer a Bachelor of Arts in Law program - the only undergraduate law degree offered in the country. The UA Faculty Senate approved the program this week. An undergraduate law degree hasn't been offered by an American college since Yale University eliminated the degree in 1971. The James E. Rogers College of Law and the School of Government and Public Policy collaborated on the creation of the degree program. School officials say the degree program will draw students who are interested in law, but are not sure if they want to attend law school. Read more from the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

TRAFFIC ALERT: SUN LINK HIGH-SPEED STREETCAR TESTING - Sun Link Tucson Streetcar staff will conduct high-speed testing tonight on University Boulevard, between Fourth Avenue and Euclid Avenue. Testing will be conducted from 11 p.m. - 5 a.m. During that time, University Boulevard will be closed from Fourth Avenue to Euclid Avenue and parking will not be permitted. Some side streets and alleys near the intersection will be closed as well. More information is available at the news release URL below. Read the news release.

DISCOVER THE DINOSAURS THIS WEEKEND AT TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER - This family-friendly event explores the mysteries of pre-historic life in an environment of learning, discovery, and fun. Discover the Dinosaurs is a unique hands-on exhibit that consists of more than 40 moving and replica museum quality pieces that provide the opportunity to get close and touch the dinosaurs. Beyond the exhibit at the TCC Exhibit Halls, additional activities are available for kids of all ages on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the event will be on sale at the door. Visit Discover the Dinosaurs for hours and ticket prices.

HOW TO FIND ANSWERS ABOUT CITY SERVICES - Are you looking for a job in the City? Do you need to know how to pay your water bill? How do you request a police report? The answers to these questions and more are available on the new Tucson Answers website. You can search topics or browse categories to get you the answers you need. The site is an example of open source code developed by city governments and non-profit organizations to be adopted and re-used by other cities at no cost. In this case, the site is modeled after a similar site created jointly by the City of Honolulu and Code For America. Tucson Answers also is available via a widget on the City of Tucson's main website.