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Summer Movies Return to La Placita Village Downtown

Tonight marks the start of this summer's Cinema La Placita, which is entering its 17th year hosting classic movies in an outdoor setting.

Every Thursday night at 7:30, May through August, hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn).

Tonight's movie is “When Harry Met Sally” (1989), starring Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal and Carrie Fisher.

Arizona Lawmakers Pass New State Budget

The Arizona Legislature gave final approval early this morning to a $9.6 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The package came together after legislative leaders agreed to rescind a proposal to cut public education — at least for this fiscal year. The final deal demanded by moderate Republicans ensures there will be no loss of funding for schools that are losing students, small charter schools, and district-run charter schools.

City to Hold Meeting on Community Reinvestment Tools

The City of Tucson invites residents to a public meeting next week to review and comment on three tools designed to encourage reinvestment in our community.

The tools include a Planned Area Development (PAD) rezoning tool, an administrative process for Major Streets & Routes setback relief, and optional concurrent plan amendment and rezoning applications.

The public meeting will be held next Wednesday, May 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Sentinel Building, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop.

Celebrate Mother's Day at the Zoo

Treat your mom to a special Mother's Day at Reid Park Zoo, this Sunday, 8-9:30 a.m. Start off the morning with a breakfast and mimosa at the Conservation Learning Center’s deck overlooking Mill Pond, and then take a stroll through the Zoo and participate in a variety of activities.

It's not only human moms who will be honored, as animal moms get special treats to celebrate the day.

Awards Ceremony to Spotlight Historic Preservation

Individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to historic preservation in Tucson and Pima County will be recognized at the annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony later this month.

The Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission (T-PCHC) and the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation (THPF) will host the event on Saturday, May 21, 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave.

Caterpillar Expanding in Tucson

Caterpillar Inc. is coming to Downtown Tucson, bringing hundreds of six-figure jobs to the region. State and local officials made the announcement this morning. Caterpillar, which manufactures construction and mining equipment, says it will bring 600 jobs to Tucson over the next five years. Those positions include executives, engineers, and product development and support positions. State officials say the economic impact of the move is projected to be about $600 million.

Bees Kill Two Dogs on Southeast Side

Two 8-year-old dogs were killed after being attacked by bees Friday night in Rita Ranch, near Valencia and Houghton roads.

The owner of the dogs tried to help, but he said the animals were completely covered with bees within a couple of minutes, and he was stung himself. He rushed the dogs to the vet after getting them inside, but they had to be euthanized.

The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) was called in to foam the swarm. TFD says of the 90 bee-related calls it received in April, crews only had to use foam about five times.

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