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NewsNet 05-13-14

CITY OF PHOENIX AND ASU SIGN GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT - The City of Phoenix has signed a 30-year agreement with Arizona State University that will have the school manage the once-storied Papago Golf Course and allow the ASU men's and women's golf programs to base their operations there. In addition, ASU will create a nonprofit golf foundation that will cover all operating and capital expenses for the course and build a new clubhouse. Papago is the City of Phoenix's third-oldest municipal course.  The City of Tucson recently entered into an agreement with OB Sports to manage the City's five municipal golf courses. Read more from the Arizona Republic.

STATE SETS NEW SAFETY RULES FOR TRAMPOLINE PARKS IN ARIZONA - A new law gives the State of Arizona more authority over trampoline parks. The law gives trampoline parks — two in Tucson and seven in the Phoenix area — 90 days to comply with new safety standards. Under the new rules, the parks must register annually with the state, show proof of liability insurance, certify they’ve been inspected by an insurance company, log emergency calls, and notify jumpers about the risk of injury. The International Association of Trampoline Parks helped pass the bill, and says it hopes to use it as a model for legislation in other states. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons have issued statements about the injury risk of trampolines. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON POLICE SEEKING TEEN VOLUNTEERS - The Tucson Police Department is recruiting teenagers for its Police Explorer program. Among other things, Explorers help with certain events, fingerprinting kids at the Back to School Bash, and taking kids shopping during the annual Kids and Cops Christmas. An orientation meeting will be held this Saturday at TPD headquarters, 270 South Stone Ave., from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Applicants are required to attend the meeting in order to continue in the application process. The program is open to teens at least 14 years old and have completed the eighth grade.. Applicants also must have maintained a "C" average in school and not have any felony or misdemeanor arrests or convictions. Read more from TPD Facebook Page.

TUCSON WATER TOWN HALLS ON PROPOSED WATER RATES CONTINUE - Tucson Water staff will host three more town halls this week to present information about water rates, service fees, and operating costs. Those in attendance will learn about the financial costs to deliver water to customers, maintain infrastructure, and invest in technology, efficiency, and future water sources. There also will be a question an answer period. Tucson Water will propose modifying its rates and fees at a Mayor and Council public hearing on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The utility is proposing two possible rate scenarios, with each adding about $3 to the average customer's monthly bill. The next three town halls will be held at various locations tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. A link to the schedule is below. View Tucson Water's rate schedules and fees.

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 You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app for iOS and Android.