U.S. HOUSE PANEL SAVES A-10 FOR AT LEAST A YEAR - The nation’s fleet of A-10 close-air-support aircraft — including a major contingent at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson — would get a one-year reprieve under a plan approved by a key congressional committee last night. During a markup session on the National Defense Authorization Act, the House Armed Services Committee adopted a bipartisan amendment proposed by Tucson Rep. Ron Barber that would continue to fund the A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” through Fiscal 2015. The committee voted 41-20 in favor of the amendment before unanimously approving the panel’s full bill. The full House will consider the bill during the week of May 19, when the Senate Armed Services Committee considers its version. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN TUMAMOC HILL CAR BREAK-INS - Tucson Police this week arrested a suspect in a series of car break-ins near Tumamoc Hill. Two officers were flagged down Tuesday night and told about the break-ins, and those officers were able to track down a suspect. Police say they found items belonging to six victims in the suspect's car. The male suspect was taken to the Pima County Jail and booked on counts related to breaking into vehicles. Police advise people parking near St. Mary's Hospital and Tumamoc Hill to keep their doors locked and hide any valuable items. Read more fom KVOA.
SHORT VIDEO ILLUSTRATES DANGER OF TEXTING AND DRIVING - The City of Tucson sends a message about the potential for tragedy associated with texting while driving, which is illegal in the City limits. In addition to risking their own lives and the lives of others, motorists caught texting while driving are subject to a $100 fine, which increases to $250, if involved in an accident. View the video from Tucson 12. The video also is available in Spanish.
2nd SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN THIS WEEKEND - The monthly, free, family-friendly event this Saturday begins with gallery shows at 9 a.m. and entertainment later in the day. At 6:30 p.m., the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups, and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available. Street parking is free on Saturdays, or you can pay $3 to park in the Pennington Street Garage. Visit 2nd Saturdays Downtown for a complete schedule.
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.