SOCCER PLAYERS GATHER IN TUCSON FOR ANNUAL COMPETITION - Soccer players from Tucson and other cities in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas compete tomorrow through Sunday at the Tucson Association of Realtors Shootout, formerly known at the Fort Lowell Shootout. The competition at Fort Lowell Park includes an opening ceremony, bracket play, awards and more. Visit Tucson estimates the tournament's 321 teams and 14,000 spectators bring about $5 million into the Tucson area. Read Visit Tucson's description of event.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL COULD RETURN TO TUCSON - An investors group behind a Texas-based independent baseball league has submitted a formal proposal to take over Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, as early as next month. Reunion Sports LLC said in a letter to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry that a team with United League Baseball could play as many as 72 games this year, if a deal can be worked out. The proposal offers the County-run stadium district around $72,000 for year-round occupancy of team offices and seasonal use of the stadium. Reunion Sports also wants to take over concessions at the stadium, offering Pima County 20 percent of the gross revenue. Huckelberry says his staff has reviewed the proposal and is working on a response. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (TUSD) BUYS EMERGENCY PARENT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM - TUSD's Governing Board last night approved the purchase of ParentLink, at a cost of $72,500 a year. The system will allow all campuses to send emails, text messages and make automated phone calls. The district will upload parent contact information into the system and parents can sign up for other features. The mass notification system will be used for emergency situations, callbacks and general parent communication. The Sunnyside Unified School District has been using the same system for about three years. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS - Is a pothole on your daily commute bothering you? Is a street light out? Does your street need sweeping? Report these types of items to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to tdotsr@tucsonaz.gov. You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app.
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TUCSON BOY DONATES STUFFED ANIMALS TO KIDS IN HOSPITALS - Six-year-old Garrett Tews collected approximately 300 stuffed animals during the holiday season and donated them to pediatric patients at University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children's and Tucson Medical Center. This is the second consecutive year the boy made the donations. "I want to do this forever," Garrett said. "I want every patient to have a new bear or stuffed animal on Christmas morning." Read more from Advanced Healthcare Network.