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Governor Vetoes Two Bills Dealing With Water for Developers

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey yesterday vetoed two measures to ease rules that would have allowed developers to get around requirements to show they have enough water to sustain their projects. The governor said the bills, sponsored by Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, would have undermined provisions of Arizona laws designed to protect the state’s water supply going back more than three decades.

"SB 1268 and SB 1400 would encourage a patchwork of water ordinances throughout our cities and leave our water supplies in peril,” Ducey wrote in a veto letter.

Mail-In Ballot Deadline Approaching

If you haven't mailed in your ballot for Arizona's May 17 Special Election, Secretary of State Michele Reagan says you should do so by Thursday to make sure it arrives in enough time to be counted next Tuesday.

There are two propositions on the ballot. Prop. 123 is a ballot measure that would increase the distribution of state education funding from the State Land Trust. Prop. 124 is a measure that would change the way the state's public safety pension system pays increases in benefits to retirees.

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.

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