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Driver Charged in Crash That Killed Former Pima County Supervisor

The Pima County Sheriff's Department has booked and charged a driver involved in the vehicle collision that killed former Pima County Supervisor Ann Day. Just before 8 a.m. Saturday, Day was driving east on East Ina Road, near Westward Look Resort, when Jarrad Barnes, who was driving a Chevrolet Impala, crossed the median and struck her Toyota Prius. Day's vehicle was then struck from behind by a pickup, according to Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos.

Bill Ends Dog Racing in Arizona

The Arizona Legislature has sent Gov. Doug Ducey a bill that would end dog racing in Arizona at the end of this year. Saturday morning's 28-0 Senate vote followed a 54-0 vote in the House.

The legislation would allow the state's only remaining greyhound racing facility in Tucson to collect money from televised horse racing for at least two years.

Two Phoenix-area tracks closed more than five years ago.

Parks and Recreation Offers $2 Swim Lessons for Those Who Qualify

May is National Water Safety Month, and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department, in partnership with the American Red Cross Aquatics Centennial Program, will offer $2 summer swim lessons to the first 1,400 people (ages 6 months to 17 years) who qualify for the Discount Program. Find out if you qualify by viewing the Discount Program at the link below, or by calling 791-4877.

Centuries-Old Mission Garden Aims to Replicate Tucson's Agricultural History

From wild corn and tepary beans raised in 2100 B.C. to today’s popular home crops, the Mission Garden at the base of "A" Mountain sits on the exact spot where the 18th-century Mission San Agustin garden was planted by Spanish missionaries. The garden has been growing since 2012, when the first fruit trees were planted on a four-acre dirt lot enclosed by adobe walls.

Paving to Cause Restrictions on Old Spanish Trail

Eastbound Old Spanish Trail will be closed tomorrow, 6 a.m.-5 p.m., from 22nd Street to Houghton Road, but westbound travel will be unaffected. The one-day closure will be in place to allow paving personnel from Southern Arizona Paving, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), to repave the center section of Old Spanish Trail.

The work is part of the four-phase reconstruction of Old Spanish Trail from Houghton Road to 22nd Street. The project is expected to be fully completed next month.

Comcast Celebrates Grand Opening of New Customer Call Center in Tucson

Comcast yesterday celebrated the opening of its new 100,000-square-foot Center of Excellence in a renovated building that once housed American Home Furnishings at 4690 N. Oracle Road. The state-of-the art facility will house more than 1,100 employees providing support for Comcast residential products and services, including Spanish-speaking employees who specialize in customer service online and through social media channels.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and other dignitaries spoke at the event.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Tomorrow

Do you have unused chemicals, oils, or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection this Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon at the Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.

Drop off at HHW is free for City of Tucson residents. There is a fee of $10 for each television and $2 for each monitor brought in without a computer.

Download the 'My-Waste'™ app.

Traffic Alert: 22nd Street Sewer Augmentation Project, Swan Road to Alvernon Way

The following traffic control will be in place while the contractor installs new sewer lines and repaves portions of the roadway through the intersection of 22nd Street and Columbus Boulevard. To reduce the impact on the traveling public, most trenching, excavation and pipe installation work will be completed over night. However, some daytime lane restrictions will remain in place in order to complete the paving operations.

Please watch for updated traffic alerts as construction activities progress east along 22nd Street.

Rio Nuevo Board Approves Incentives for Caterpillar

The board of the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District voted unanimously yesterday to spend $52 million to bring Caterpillar, Inc. to Tucson. Along with $4 million promised to Caterpillar by the Arizona Commerce Authority, the offer is one of the largest in recent state history, according to Rio Nuevo officials.

“If you want to attract big businesses, you’ve got to put some skin in the game,” Rio Nuevo Chairman Fletcher McCusker told board members.

It's Easy to Start a Business in Tucson

Getting a required business license to open a business in Tucson (and paying ensuing taxes) can be done online through the City of Tucson's Finance Department.

One thing to remember if you are buying an existing business is that you are liable for any unpaid taxes of the seller. Before purchasing any business, you should require the seller to provide a “Letter of Good Standing” issued by the City’s License Section, which is a document that states there is no tax amount outstanding.


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