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Comic Book Fans to Gather at Tucson Convention Center This Weekend

The Tucson Comic Convention this weekend is celebrating its 8th annual Comic Con at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). The three-day event includes guests from the comic book industry, as well as local creators. The convention opens Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., but there is a preview night from 4-7 p.m. tonight for those who buy full weekend tickets to the all-ages event.

22nd Street to Close This Weekend at Union Pacific Railroad Tracks

Starting tomorrow at 7 a.m., crews from Union Pacific Railroad will close 22nd Street at the railroad crossing, located just west of Euclid Avenue at Santa Rita Park. The closure is scheduled to be in place until Sunday at 6 p.m. The closure will allow crews to replace track and install new concrete panels.

Message boards are warning motorists of the closure, and delays are expected. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone.

Final Jan. 8 Memorial Public Forum Set for Tomorrow

Residents have their final chance this weekend to comment on a proposed memorial for victims of the Jan. 8, 2011 shootings in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The January 8 Memorial Foundation and architects from Chee Salette Architecture Office want to hear from people on a wide range of issues involving the memorial at El Presidio Park, including refining the concept design, materials to be used, and landscaping.

Sundays Are Play Days at Reid Park Zoo

Visit Reid Park Zoo this month for Nature Play Sundays. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each Sunday in November, the Zoo will have a play area set up near the Conservation Learning Center for kids to dig, build, splash, and more. Sand pits, water tables, building blocks, and tools will be provided.

Activities are free with regular Zoo admission, and no registration is required. If you’re not familiar with the location of the Conservation Learning Center, ask for a map when you arrive.

Home Heating Safety Tips

In Tucson, we have two seasons, summer and winter.  We can be challenged by going from near 90 degree high temperatures one week and lows in the 30’s just days later.  As the need for warming the house increases, so can the dangers associated with fireplaces, furnaces, and space heaters. Below are a few reminders as you heat up while the temperatures drop.

Fireplace Safety:

All Souls Procession - Travel Information

Downtown will be the host of the annual All Souls Procession on Sunday, November 8, 2015.  The Procession will stage in the historic Warehouse District at Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street beginning Sunday at 4 p.m. The procession will begin moving through downtown at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Procession begins at Sixth Avenue and Alameda Street, proceeds west on Alameda Street to Granada Avenue and turns south to Congress Street.

22nd Street Closed at Union Pacific Railroad Tracks

22ND STREET CLOSED AT UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD TRACKS                        

On Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7 a.m., crews from Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) will close 22nd Street at the at-grade railroad crossing, located just west of Euclid Avenue at Santa Rita Park.  The complete closure is scheduled to be in place until 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2015.  The road closure will be in place to allow crews to replace the track and install new concrete panels. Message boards are in place to advise motorists of the closure.

City Ends Traffic Photo Enforcement and Red Light Camera Citations

The City of Tucson is no longer processing citations through the Traffic Safety Camera Program in response to the apparent passage of Proposition 201. Current election results show that 65 percent of voters approved the referendum to end the red light cameras and photo enforcement vans. The change became effective at midnight yesterday.

While the election will not be certified until later this month, City Manager Michael Ortega decided to end the citations immediately.

Read the news release.

Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue Intersection Repaving Tomorrow

As part of the City of Tucson Department of Transportation's Downtown Links Phase III project, crews tomorrow will repave sections of Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue. During the repaving work, the curb lane of northbound Sixth Avenue will be closed to traffic, as will the curb lane of eastbound Sixth Street. The work will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Century Link is continuing work to relocate its existing facilities located within project limits.

New Grocery Store Coming to Midtown

The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night approved plans for a new grocery store at the southwest corner of Broadway Boulevard and Rosemont Boulevard. The plan calls for a 60,000-square-foot, 30-foot-tall grocery store and six smaller, 4,800-square-foot shops.

The small strip mall and a produce stand that currently stand in the area will be demolished.

Approximately 50 conditions were attached to the rezoning.

Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue Intersection Repaving

CENTURY LINK UTILITY RELOCATION WORK
FOR DOWNTOWN LINKS PHASE III PROJECT

As part of the City of Tucson Department of Transportation's Downtown Links Phase III project, Century Link is continuing work to relocate their existing facilities located within the project limits.

On Friday, November 6, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., crews will repave sections of Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue. During the repaving work, the curb lane of northbound Sixth Avenue will be closed to traffic and the curb lane of eastbound Sixth Street will be closed to traffic.

Red Light Cameras in Tucson on Way Out

Early results show voters yesterday chose to get rid of red light cameras in city limits. As of this morning, 65 percent of voters approved Proposition 201. However, the fixed red light cameras and mobile photo speed enforcement vans will remain in place and operational until the election results are certified on Nov. 17.

Meanwhile, Pima County reports that a software problem projected the wrong number of precincts reporting results last night, and there are about 20,000 remaining ballots to be tabulated.

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