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NewsNet 7-17-13

PROJECT WET: TUCSON WATER PARTNERING WITH UA TO HELP LOCAL EDUCATORS TEACH WATER TECHNOLOGY - In a three-day program sponsored by Tucson Water, 25 Tucson-area teachers participated in data-gathering exercises that can be repeated later with students, building skills in science, technology, engineering and math. Tucson 12 joined Kerry Schwartz of UA Cooperative Education and Daniel Ransom of Tucson Water for a day of sprinkler performance auditing at Himmel Park. From Tucson 12.

 

U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION OFFICIALS WARN CONGRESS OF DWINDLING COLORADO RIVER SUPPLY - Government officials are urging Congress to consider solutions to deal with possible water shortages in the Colorado River basin that could include finding ways to reduce demand, conservation and better management of water supplies.t a congressional hearing on Tuesday, officials said a two-year study by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation found the river will not be able to provide enough water for its nearby communities in 50 years. From Arizona Public Media.

TPD OFFICER ARRESTED, FIRED AFTER GUN INCIDENT - A TPD officer has been fired after authorities say he pulled a gun on a gas station attendant while off duty and apparently intoxicated. The Pima County Sheriff's Department notified Tucson police that 23-year-old Kyle James McCartin was arrested early Tuesday on two counts of aggravated assault. Deputies were called to a Giant Gas Station and learned two men who appeared very intoxicated entered the store wearing bulletproof vests. Authorities say one of the men pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the clerk twice. McCartin was hired in September and was on probationary status. Story from the Associated Press here, story from the Star here.

SUN VAN DRIVER SUSPENDED AFTER ON-DUTY DUI - A Sun Van driver was on the job Monday when he was arrested for driving under the influence, according to police. Michael Ross, 48, was cited for basic DUI, indicating he was impaired to the slightest degree, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department. However, charges may be added once tests determine the level of his blood-alcohol content. Ross was stopped in the 7700 block of East Speedway west of North Pantano Road, at about 4:45 p.m. He was released into the custody of his supervisor and another driver took over his shift, Hawke said. From the Star.

RIO NUEVO BOARD APPROVES $65K LOBBYING CONTRACT FOR FORMER LEGISLATOR - On Monday, the Rio Nuevo board unanimously approved a $40,000 raise for former Rio Nuevo board member and Republican state legislator Jonathan Paton for lobbying services. Paton has been the lobbyist for the district at the state capitol since February when the board authorized paying him $25,000 to monitor activity during the 2013 session. In addition to his monitoring services, Paton will now draft and promote any legislation the district deems worthy, chairman Fletcher McCusker said. From the Star.

STARTING TOMORROW, CHERRYBELL STRAVENUE TO CLOSE FOR ABOUT 30 DAYS - On Thursday, July 18, 2013, at about 9 a.m., work crews will close Cherrybell Stravenue at 22nd Street to begin modifying the southwest quadrant of the intersection. The closure is scheduled to be in place for approximately 30 days. This work is part of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)-funded Kino Boulevard and 22nd Street Intersection Improvement Project. News release from TDOT.