NewsNet 05-08-15

'DREAMERS' TO PAY IN-STATE TUITION IN ARIZONA - "Dreamers" who attend classes at Arizona's three universities will be able to pay in-state tuition beginning next semester. In a unanimous decision yesterday, the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) directed the schools to grant in-state status to anyone accepted into the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program if they meet other residency requirements. That will cut their costs by more than half. The move came less than 48 hours after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge upheld a similar policy at Maricopa Community Colleges. Neither Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey nor Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, who both are voting members of the board, attended the ABOR meeting. The decision may face a legal challenge, however, as Attorney General Mark Brnovich has indicated he intends to file an appeal. Read more from Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star.

2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN THIS WEEKEND - Visit Downtown Tucson tomorrow and enjoy live music, a movie, street performers, restaurants and street vendors. 2nd Saturdays gallery shows begin in the morning, and starting at 6:30 p.m., the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical performances. You can use the Sun Link streetcar to move easily through the downtown area. Watch Tucson 12 video about 2nd Saturdays.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION TOMORROW - Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson is hosting its 2nd Saturday Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection tomorrow. The collection location is at Mansfield Park, 2000 N 4th Ave. and will be open from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, and lawn and garden products. Drop off at HHW is free for City of Tucson residents. In addition, Rise Inc. will be collecting computer equipment ($2 for monitors without a computer) and televisions ($10).
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ATTEND A TRANSIT WORKSHOP TO SHARE YOUR IDEAS - The Pima Association of Governments (PAG) will host three public Transit Visioning Workshops to identify and discuss transit priorities to guide regional efforts in transit planning and investments. The workshops will be held at PAG, 1 E. Broadway Blvd., in the Santa Rita Conference Room on the 4th floor. The first workshop will be held next Wednesday, May 13, from 6-8 p.m. Input from these workshops will help guide development of a regional transit vision to inform the development of PAG's 2045 Regional Transportation Plan and future regional planning processes. Please RSVP to Katharine Hardy (792-1093) two days before the workshop. Read PAG news release.

FREE PET ADOPTIONS THIS WEEKEND - Pima Animal Care Center is offering free adoptions of adult dogs and cats today through Sunday. The adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $30 per animal. The standard licensing fees for dogs still will apply. The shelter is reaching full capacity, and officials expect even more stray and unwanted animals to pack the shelter in the coming months.