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Tucson Water's Remote Payment Systems Unvailable Temporarily

Tucson Water is completing an upgrade to its telephone and online payment system, also known as Online Utility Account Services. Beginning tonight at 7 o'clock, the pay-by-phone system will be shut down. At 8 a.m. tomorrow, the online bill pay service will be unavailable. Access to both services will be restored at 8 a.m. Monday.

Customers still can make payments in person during normal weekday business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tucson Water will not be charging late fees or pursuing service turn offs during the system upgrade.

Bear Down Friday a Day Early This Week

Catch the University of Arizona spirit tonight during a Throwback Thursday edition of Bear Down Friday at Main Gate Square from 5-7 p.m.

The rally is a day earlier than usual so fans can cheer the UA Men’s Basketball team before the season opens tomorrow. Wear your favorite retro UA gear for a chance to win prizes. The 1997 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Traveling Trophy will also be on display.

Know Where to Throw 2015 Event Saturday

Join the City of Tucson Environmental Services and Parks and Recreation departments this Saturday for Know Where to Throw 2015 to learn more about how to reduce, reuse and recycle in Tucson. The event will offer free document shredding, e-waste collection, an information fair, craft activities, a compost demonstration, and a thrift shop fashion show. Activities run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W.

Court of Appeals Issues Decision in Election Case

This morning the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the City of Tucson in a case challenging the constitutionality of the City's elections process. Tucson uses a hybrid election system established by voters in 1929, where residents vote only in their ward for primary elections and citywide in the general election when selecting the mayor and council members. In a 2-1 decision, the panel of judges reversed the district court's earlier ruling in favor of the City. Today's ruling will not affect last Tuesday's election results.

Have Coffee with a Cop this Week

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is holding two Coffee with a Cop events on Thursday. There is no planned agenda, other than a simple time to ask questions, voice concerns, and meet the police officers who serve the area. The midtown gathering will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Starbucks, 4811 E. Grant Road. The eastside event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, 135 S. Wilmot Road.

Site Selectors Choose Tucson for Conference

The 2017 Site Selectors Guild Annual Conference will be held in Tucson. The guild members assist businesses in finding locations to relocate or expand. Ten locations in Arizona were considered as part of a statewide proposal. Conference attendance is limited to about 350 people, many of whom are economic development professionals looking to network with site selector consultants. Guild members have been involved in many large projects in the region, most recently with the location of the HomeGoods distribution center.

Last Chance This Year for UA Downtown Lecture Series

The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Science's annual Downtown Lecture Series finishes up this week. The theme of this year's series focuses on immortality. The final lecture features Shaun Nichols speaking about "The Elusive Self in Life and Death." Professor Nichols will discuss his findings after he and his research team spent months exploring attitudes toward death among Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists in India. The lecture runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fox Tucson Theatre.

Tucson Among Best Cities for Conferences

Tucson is listed as the fourth best city in the United States to hold a conference, according to SmartAsset.com. The financial website reviewed data from the Hotels.com® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) and other sources on the costs and convenience of attending a conference in 25 major U.S. cities. The analysis incorporated nine metrics, including the number of major hotels, the average cost of a hotel room, the violent crime rate, and the distance from the airport to the city center.

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