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NewsNet 10-30-13

FRIDAY: DEDICATION FOR WWII MEMORIAL AT ARMORY PARK - Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres and the City of Tucson will host a ceremony for the unveiling and dedication of the City's World War II memorial at Armory Park, 221 S. Sixth Ave. Arrival and seating for the dedication will take place at 9 a.m. and the ceremony will commence promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013. This memorial, designed by artists Lauri Slenning and Rebecca Thompson, honors and recognizes Tucson veterans who served and gave their lives for their country. Immediately following the dedication there will be a reception held in the Armory Center Ballroom.

I-10 REOPENS AT PICACHO AFTER 19-VEHICLE CRASH THAT KILLS 3 - Interstate 10 reopened in both directions at about 10:30 last night after serious mid-afternoon collisions, believed to be related to dust storms, closed the freeway for about 10 hours. ADOT officials say the crashes involved 19 vehicles and resulted in 3 deaths. DPS spokesman Bart Graves said Tuesdays crash was one of the worst chain-reaction accidents in that area in the past seven years. From the Washington Post.

FEDERAL AUDIT: ARIZONA SECOND-WORST IN U.S. AT DISTRIBUTING MORTGAGE AID TO HOMEOWNERS - A quarterly audit of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, released late Monday found that Arizona distributed the second-lowest percentage of federal Hardest Hit mortgage aid directly to homeowners despite being one of the states hardest hit by the housing bust. The audit covered a period of roughly three years. The Arizona Department of Housing disputed the audits findings, calling them "flawed and misleading." From the Republic.

PIMA COUNTY SHUTS DOWN WEB PAGE DISPLAYING WRONG POLLING LOCATIONS AFTER VAIL RESIDENT COMPLAINS - The Pima County Elections Department will take down a web page that displayed the wrong polling places for upcoming election, which will determine whether the community of Vail will become an incorporated town. Pima County consolidated the number of polling locations since the November 2012 election but failed to update their website, according to Pima County Elections Director Brad Nelson. Nelson said a recent mailing to thousands of voters, including more than 7,000 eligible voters in Vail, contains the correct polling information. From the Star.

CITY PROCUREMENT DIRECTOR ELECTED PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION - Marcheta Gillespie, director of the City's procurement department, has been elected as President of the Board of Directors for The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). As President, Ms. Gillespie will lead the Institute in its mission to promote, develop and support the public procurement profession. She will serve as ambassador for NIGP and its over 16,000 members representing 2,600 agencies throughout North America.