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Mayor and Council Set to Adopt Tentative Budget

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow night will hold a public hearing before adopting the Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2017/2018. Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega on May 9 submitted his Recommended Budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The proposed $1.373 billion spending plan is structurally balanced for the second consecutive year and does not include any increases in fees or tax rates.

Public Meeting Tomorrow to Gather Input on ADA Transition Plan

The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) invites the public to attend a meeting about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Inventory and Transition Plan, which is designed to assess existing needs on Tucson streets and sidewalks relative to ADA compliance. The meeting will be held tomorrow, 4-6 p.m, at the Randolph Golf Course, Copper Room, 600 S. Alvernon Way. There will be a brief presentation at 4:30 p.m.

Conference to Highlight EMS Week

Tucson Medical Center this week is hosting the annual EMS Week Conference, which is dedicated to the science and treatment of patients who need pre-hospital and emergency care. Experts in the field will offer updates on the latest clinical practices for patients in Southern Arizona.

The daylong conference will be held this Wednesday at the Sheraton Hotel, 5151 E. Grant Road. Registration is required for the free event, but there are a limited number of seats remaining.

Baby Tamandua Newest Resident at Reid Park Zoo

Terra the tamandua is a month old today. Terra is a Latin name meaning "the planet Earth." Born at Reid Park Zoo on Earth Day, April 22, the lesser anteater currently weighs 1.6 pounds.

The Zoo is working with Southern Tamandua SSP to place several of its tamanduas and to continue a breeding program. Eight tamanduas have been born at Reid Park Zoo over the years.

Though not on exhibit, the four tamanduas still living at the Zoo make regular appearances during education programs and formal presentations. 

Tucson Police Training in Mental Health Response

Tucson Police Department (TPD) patrol officers are receiving training in behavioral health to learn the best ways to handle mental health crisis calls. About 500 officers are expected to complete the training by the end of the year, said Police Chief Chris Magnus at a news conference yesterday.

TPD already has a Mental Health Support Team, which Magnus said puts the department "ahead of the curve across the country," but he said officers need more training to treat those in crisis.

Summer Reading Program Begins Tomorrow at Library

Grab a book, attend free events, and visit your local library starting tomorrow, through July 15. The theme of the annual Summer Reading Program from the Pima County Public Library is Build a Better World.

The program encourages children to read 20 minutes every day and use a reading tracker. Once certain milestones are met, the kids can collect stickers and stamps to mark their progress. They'll even receive a coupon for free admission to Reid Park Zoo.

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