NewsNet 09-05-14

TESLA ENTERS NEGOTIATIONS WITH NEVADA FOR BATTERY PLANT: TUCSON REMAINS HOPEFUL - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval asked state legislators yesterday to approve tax breaks and other incentives worth up to $1.3 billion over 20 years to bring Tesla Motors’ battery factory to the state. Tesla wants to build the massive factory at an industrial park near the Reno suburb of Sparks — as long as lawmakers agree to the package Sandoval negotiated with the electric car maker. The City of Tucson also wants to attract the plant. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says even with yesterday's official announcement, Tesla and other high-tech companies are noticing Tucson. A Tesla spokesman says until the deal is closed with Nevada, the company will not stop discussions with Arizona and other interested states. Tesla also says it may need another factory at some point. Read more from Tucson News Now.
 
TRAFFIC ALERT: SOUTHBOUND 4TH AVENUE UNDERPASS DETOUR - In an effort to ease traffic in the downtown area over the weekend, the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) is not permitting southbound vehicular traffic through the 4th Avenue Underpass at 9th Street through Sunday, from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. During the temporary detour, which began last night, the Sun Link Streetcar and bicyclists will be allowed to use the southbound travel lane through the underpass, and pedestrians will be allowed to use the sidewalk. TDOT staff recently adjusted the timing of the traffic signals to allow for better traffic flow through the busy Congress/4th/Toole intersection, and engineers will continue to evaluate and monitor travel patterns this weekend. Read the news release.
Map of closure area and detours
 
TUCSON POPS RETURNS TO REID PARK - The Tucson Pops Orchestra's Music Under the Stars program opens its Sunday night fall concert series this weekend with "Conductor's Choice." Classics like Hungarian March by Berlioz, Sousa’s Gladiator March, Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess will be featured, along with selections from Man of La Mancha and a well-rounded selection of Maestro László Veres’s favorites. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park. There is a limited amount of seating at DeMeester, which fills up quickly, so organizers urge you to bring folding chairs or a blanket. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department operates shuttles from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. from Randolph Golf Course Parking Lot, 600 S. Alvernon Way.
 
TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT URGES YOU TO BE PREPARED FOR EMERGENCY - September is National Preparedness Month. Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker and crew show you how to prepare for 72 hours of distress. Tips include keeping a gallon of water on hand for each person, stocking a three-day supply of non-perishable food, having a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries, and more.
Tucson Fire Department Facebook page
 
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION TOMORROW - Do you have unused or expired prescription medications but aren't sure what to do with them? They should never be poured down the drain or flushed in the toilet, nor should they be left where people or pets might get to them. The Tucson Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW) and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department are sponsoring a medicine collection event along with the monthly HHW collection tomorrow, 8 a.m. – noon, at the Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. Prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids, and creams will be collected. Metal or glass inhalation bottles, syringes, and EpiPens will not be accepted. In addition to old medicines, residents may also bring other household chemicals for collection. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries, cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, and lawn and garden products. Computer equipment and televisions will be accepted by Rise, Inc. for a fee. Monitors without a CPU are $2 and televisions are $10. Read the news release.
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