House Committee Approves Funding for Jan. 8 Memorial

The Arizona House Appropriations Committee voted yesterday to provide $2.5 million over five years to help build a permanent memorial in Downtown Tucson to honor the victims of the Jan. 8, 2011 shootings that left six dead and 13 others injured, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The bill, sponsored by Arizona State Representative Todd Clodfelter of Tucson and others, stipulates that the funds appropriated by the State must be matched with private donations.

Meerkats Arrive at Zoo

Reid Park Zoo's newest residents are a group of meerkats, known as a "mob." The Zoo decided to build the new exhibit for the highly social, small animals in response to public requests. A visitor survey in 2014 named meerkats as one of the animals guests would most like to see at Tucson’s Zoo.

City Council Sends Homeless Sleeping Ordinance to Committee

A possible overnight sleeping ordinance discussed by the Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday is now in the hands of the Homeless/Houseless Work Group led by Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres. The council directed the group to conduct further study on the pilot plan.

The original proposal, brought by Council Member Karin Uhlich, would allow religious, nonprofit, and business entities to host up to four vehicles or microhousing structures on their properties for people needing overnight shelter.

Tucson Museum of Art Gets Grant for Renovations

A $500,000 donation to the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) is the beginning of a fundraising campaign and renovations for the downtown museum. TMA Board of Trustees member James J. Glasser and his wife, Louise, made the donation. A new gallery will bear their names. Planned renovations will increase the 3,500-square-foot museum by about 1,500 square feet.

When work is completed later this year, the museum will have new galleries, a new gift shop, a beefed-up sculpture garden, and a new interactive education area.

Tucson Roadrunners Return Home This Weekend

The AHL's Tucson Roadrunners return to the Tucson Arena tomorrow and Saturday to face off against the San Jose Barracuda. The puck drops at 7:05 each night.

Hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas are $1 each on Saturday only.

There are just 10 home games left this inaugural season.

If you haven't been to a hockey home game yet, Tucson 12 has a video to show you what you've been missing.

Rodeo Parade Tomorrow Brings Temporary Road Closures

The 92nd annual Tucson Rodeo Parade begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Park Avenue and Ajo Way. To prepare for the event, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Sixth Avenue will be closed between Ajo Way and Irvington Road. An hour later, Ajo Way between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue, Park Avenue between Ajo Way and Irvington Road, and Irvington Road between Park Avenue and Sixth Avenue will be closed. Westbound Ajo Road will be open until 8:00 to accommodate VA Hospital patients and visitors. All streets should reopen sometime between noon and 1 p.m.

City Council Considers Zoning Change for UA-Area Church

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will hold a public hearing on a proposal to rezone nearly three acres of land to allow Trinity Presbyterian Church to make way for two new multi-story buildings. The church is asking the City for permission to build three-story and four-story buildings with retail, office, and residential use in both structures. Church members partnered with local firm R+R Develop to redevelop several unused buildings on the site at 400 E. University Blvd. at North Fourth Avenue.

Lemurs on Display Tonight

Meet Reid Park Zoo’s new ring-tailed lemurs – Elm, Oak, and Linden. At a special after-hours event, from 5-6:30 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to get to know the three male lemurs with Zoo Supervisor Leslie Waters. Guest speaker Stacey Tecot, from the University of Arizona School of Anthropology, will present about lemurs in Madagascar and efforts to help this endangered species.

Light snacks will be provided. Admission is $20 per ticket at the gate ($15 for Zoo members).