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NewsNet 10-1-13

NUMEROUS TUCSON AGENCIES, SERVICES TO BE IMPACTED BY FEDERAL SHUTDOWN - Several local organizations will be suspending services, sending workers home, or asking workers to work temporarily without pay due to the partial shutdown of the federal government that began today. Up to 3,000 non-essential government workers at Davis Monthan and other government jobs are being told not to report to work. Saguaro National Park is expected to lock its gates. 67 of its 79 employees will be furloughed. 12 others, including the Superintendent and police personnel will continue to work without pay. Tucson's housing voucher program is paid on a month to month basis, so it will stop and several hundred families will be without their housing money. "The city of Tucson will go on," said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. "We will continue to deliver services on the local level." From KOLD/KMSB.

TUCSON FIRM JOINS MARKETPLACE UNDER AFFORDABLE CARE ACT - A Tucson-based insurance company is diversifying from covering only government plans and will be part of the Arizona marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act. The nonprofit University of Arizona Health Plan - University Healthcare Marketplace is expected to be the only Tucson-based insurance company on the Arizona marketplace, which will begin enrollment today as part of the new law. The marketplaces are often referred to as health-care exchanges. Arizona's marketplace is federally operated and a place where people may purchase government-regulated insurance and also be eligible for federal subsidies to offset expenses. From the Star.

PIMA COUNTY TO CLOSE LANES, SHUT DOWN TRAFFIC SIGNALS, AT ORACLE AND INA TOMORROW - Traffic signals at the intersection of Oracle and Ina Roads are expected to be turned off at 9 a.m. and kept off for most of the day. Major delays are expected as Pima County Sheriff's deputies direct traffic while crews work to connect and synchronize the new indirect-left signals recently installed at the intersection. Crews working for the Pima County Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation Authority will also close at least one lane both northbound and southbound on North Oracle all day. Tying in the Arizona Department of Transportation-controlled lights to the lights controlling the Michigan left turns to the east and west of the intersection will make the traffic flow more efficient, according to County officials. From the Star.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION - Pima County residents must be registered to vote by Monday, October 7, in order to vote this November. This year's election includes a City of Tucson general election, three school district elections, and Vail's incorporation vote. Registration forms may be obtained at the Pima County Recorder's office, any Arizona Department of Motor Vehicle branch, all post offices and libraries, political party headquarters, and city/town halls. Voters may also download registration forms from the Pima County Recorder's office. For more information, call the Recorder at (520) 724-4330.

CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY: HELICOPTER INSURANCE BROKER - The City of Tucson is seeking proposals from brokers agents who are experienced and qualified in providing agent/broker services for the placement of aircraft liability and hull coverages for the City of Tucson Air Support Unit. The agent/broker submitting a proposal must be licensed for all lines of aviation insurance in the State of Arizona, and must be full-time in the insurance business and have a total premium volume of at least ten million dollars ($10,000,000.00) for all lines of insurance written excluding income from any real estate operations, in additional to meeting other requirements. City of Tucson RFP.