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City of Tucson Gets Another Chance to Defend Elections System

A full panel of judges will reconsider a challenge to Tucson's system of elections after a three-member panel last year ruled the hybrid of ward-only primaries and citywide general elections is unconstitutional. The City asked the court to reconsider the case with a panel of 11 judges, and that request was approved yesterday. The larger panel of judges will rehear the case, reviewing the same briefs as the smaller panel. They also will hear oral arguments the week of June 20 in San Francisco.

Tucson Fire Department Works to Reduce Non-Emergency 911 Calls

Non-emergency calls to 911 are straining the system, and the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) recently launched a new program to divert those calls elsewhere, saving taxpayer dollars. Tucson Collaborative Community Care (TC3) is uniting the health care and social service communities to help those who frequently call the emergency line to ask for help with things like diabetes symptoms, medications, helping people get up and down, the need for social services, and more.

Traffic Alert: Pima Street at Tanque Verde Road Closure

Work on the Tanque Verde Road, Wilmot Road, Pima Street Intersection Improvement Project will force two evening/overnight closures of Pima Street at Tanque Verde Road for necessary water line work in the roadway. Work hours will be 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., and detours will be provided during the closures tonight and tomorrow night.

Clear Contracting, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will perform the work. The project is funded by the Regional Transportation Authority.

El Rio Dedicates New Space at Historic Manning House

El Rio Community Health Center held the official ribbon cutting yesterday for its headquarters in the historic Manning House it has been renovating for 18 months, while the center also celebrates completion of a nearby three-story building. More than 230 employees have been moving to the new downtown campus over the past two months.

The project cost a little more than $11 million, which includes the initial purchase price.

Texting While Driving Can be Deadly (Video)

While we do a lot of communicating via text, doing it at the wrong time can have fatal consequences. In the videos linked below, Tucson 12 shows you how easy it is for a moment of distraction to turn tragic.

Texting while driving also is illegal in city limits. In addition to risking your own life, and the lives of others, motorists caught texting while driving are subject to a $100 fine. The penalty increases to $250 if involved in an accident.

Recruitment Underway for Summer Pool Employees

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department is looking for water safety instructors (WSI) and lifeguards this summer. More than 150 lifeguards and swimming instructors are needed for seasonal work at City of Tucson pools, beginning the week of May 23. Applicants must be at least 16 years old at time of hire and have knowledge of water hazards, lifesaving techniques, and first aid.

To apply, you must attend a May 7 lifeguard screening at 9 a.m. at Catalina High School Pool, 2005 N. Dodge Blvd. and bring all of your certifications.

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