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NewsNet 06-03-14

RECORD BREAKING HEAT PUTTING TUCSON'S HOMELESS IN PERIL - With triple digit temperatures setting in, many homeless Tucsonans are doing their best to find refuge from the heat. As a result, Tucson's Primavera Foundation, COPE, and other local agencies are providing cooling centers for Tucson's homeless this summer. You can share the list of agencies, their addresses, and their hours with those in need.  The list is provided in the article from KGUN.

U.S. CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION ANNOUNCES NEW TUCSON DIRECTOR - William K. Brooks was recently sworn in by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as the new Tucson director of field operations. As director, Brooks is responsible for operations and enforcement activities at eight international ports of entry in Arizona, and the processing of 23.5 million people; more than 8.1 million vehicles; close to 462,000 commercial trucks and railcars; and $21 billion in international trade each year, according to a news release from the agency. Brooks, who started his career with the federal government at the Port of Calexico, California, in 1983, has served as the port director at the Port of Andrade, California, as well as the port director at the Port of San Luis, Arizona. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

GOV. BREWER "DEEPLY CONCERNED" ABOUT REPORTED HOMELAND SECURITY PRACTICES - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer wrote President Barack Obama yesterday in response to media reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is transporting "illegal aliens from the south Texas border and releasing them at bus stations in Tucson and Phoenix."  She wrote, "I urge you to end this dangerous and unconscionable policy immediately, and instead take actions to fulfill the federal government's fundamental responsibility of protecting our homeland by securing our nation's borders." Read Governor Brewer's letter.

SUNNYSIDE SCHOOL DISTRICT AGREES TO BUYOUT OF SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT - The Sunnyside Unified School District governing board came to the decision after meeting for nearly eight hours in executive session Monday. Shortly before midnight, board member Eva Dong announced the district would buyout the remaining 18 months on Dr. Manuel Isquierdo's contract for $499,500. About 40 people were waiting to hear the board's decision. The meeting was organized last minute, in part, by two recalled board members Louis Gonzales and Bobby Garcia. Read more from KVOA.

SUMMER TRACK AND FIELD AND ROAD RACES IN JUNE AND JULY - The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the annual Summer Track and Field and Road Races throughout June and July. Track and Field is every Tuesday, June 3-July 15, at Drachman stadium, 501 S. Plummer Avenue. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. and events start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Road Races are every Thursday, June 5- July 17, at various locations. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. with races starting at 6:30 p.m. Road Race locations can be found on the City of Tucson's sports page at parks.tucsonaz.gov. The costs for these events are $3 for youth 17 and under and $4 for adults. Ribbons will be given to the top finishers. For more information please call the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Sports Unit at 520-791-4870. View the Event Flyer.