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Rio Nuevo Wants to Invest in West Side Development

Rio Nuevo wants to buy the City of Tucson's stake in an agreement to develop 14 acres on the west side of downtown. The $1.2 million amount would equal what the City would receive if it decided developer Gadsden Co. has defaulted on a performance bond tied to the development agreement.

Gadsden agreed in 2008 to buy and develop the land in phases, but the company hasn't completed all of the agreed-upon work. The City granted the developer several extensions.

'Flame Off' Tonight as Part of Gem Show

The Sonoran Glass School (SGS) Flame Off has grown into a highly-anticipated flameworking event and highlight of the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase. Renowned local and visiting glass artists will compete against the clock tonight in front of hundreds of spectators.

Founded in Tucson by Tom Philabaum, the Flame Off is a fundraiser for the nonprofit glass arts school and its programs.

Tucson Police Department Holding Voluntary Fitness Assessment

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) Recruiting Unit is accepting registrations for a voluntary physical fitness orientation this Sunday. It will provide future applicants the opportunity to gauge their fitness level before testing for the position of Police Officer Recruit. Participants also will receive mentoring from the Recruiting Unit and physical training instructors.

Tucson Police First Aid Kits Saving Lives

The Tucson Police Department is crediting its new Individual First Aid Kits (IFAKs) with reducing the number of deaths of crime victims and others in medical distress. Since the IFAKs were deployed in 2014, every officer can address traumatic injuries while a scene is still active, before emergency medical personnel can arrive. The practice has been very successful and has attracted the attention of law enforcement communities across the country.

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