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NewsNet 05-09-14

PUBLIC MEETING ON PROPOSED URBAN AGRICULTURE CODE CHANGES SET FOR NEXT WEEK - The City of Tucson is in the process of modifying its zoning rules to revamp regulations on urban agriculture, including community gardens, farmers' markets, urban farms and the keeping of small animals. The foundation for the policy changes stem from Plan Tucson, the City's General and Sustainability Plan, which was ratified by voters last year. A public comment session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 13, from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Sentinel Building, 320 Commerce Park Loop. Read more from Arizona Public Media.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA (HSSA) RECEIVES $1 MILLION DONATION - The Ruth M. Tankersley Trust has awarded $1 million to the HSSA in memory of Ruth M. "Bazy" Tankersley and her daughter Tiffany. Both passed away in the last two years, according to a news release about the donation. The money will help the HSSA build a new facility to help pets and those who care for them. The intake center at the new facility will be named the Bazy and Tiffany Tankersley Welcome Center. Both women were longtime supporters of the community and had a menagerie of pets, including dogs, cats birds, cows, and raccoons, the release said. Read more from Tucson News Now.

STREETCAR STOP BEING REPAIRED UNDER WARRANTY -  Crews are fixing a curb at the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar stop at North Fourth Avenue and East Ninth Street. Tucson’s Streetcar Project Manager Joe Chase says the height of the curb prevented the wheelchair ramp that extends from the streetcar from properly deploying. Chase says the contractor is fixing the problem at no cost to the city, and the work should be finished by Sunday. Meanwhile, the streetcar line will be powered down during the weekend to make minor repairs and address other issues. Sun Link is scheduled to begin passenger service in late July. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION SATURDAY - Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting the Household Hazardous Waste Program 2nd Saturday Collection tomorrow at Mansfield Park, 2000 N. 4th Avenue from 8 a.m. to noon. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment ($2 for monitors without computer). Drop off of HHW is free for residents.
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IT'S SNAKE SEASON: BE ALERT - Now that the weather is warming up, your chances of seeing a rattlesnake while hiking are increasing. In the latest edition of KGUN9's "No Bad Days with Barrett," Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker offers tips on avoiding the fangs.