ARIZONA LAWMAKERS APPROVE $6.8 MILLION FOR CHILD PROTECTION - State lawmakers yesterday gave final approval to $6.8 million in additional funds for the state’s new child welfare agency. The measure requires a signature from Gov. Jan Brewer, who has advocated for the increased spending to fund the hiring of additional caseworkers. The legislation adds funding to the budget of the Division of Child Safety and Family Services, the new agency created earlier this month by the governor’s executive order. The agency will absorb much of what was in the troubled Child Protective Services division of the Department of Economic Security. Read more from Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON POLICE OFFICERS GET NEW TRAUMA KITS - About 600 officers and sergeants in the Tucson Police Department (TPD) have been trained to use the new emergency kits, which aim to bridge the gap before medical help arrives from the Tucson Fire Department. The kits cost the department $39,000 and the department qualified for a military surplus program to help equip the kits with additional medical supplies for free, said Lt. Eric Kazmierczak of Operations Division South. The kits contain items such as special wound packing gauzes, a tourniquet, pressure dressings to treat severe wounds, a large bandage to cover abdominal wounds, and an airtight sticker that seals holes in the chest cavity. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TRAFFIC ALERT: UTILITY WORK ON AVIATION HIGHWAY THIS WEEKEND - The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will have intermittent closures on Barraza-Aviation Parkway (State Route 210), just west of Kino Parkway (milepost 2.08), from 6 a.m. to noon Sunday. Traffic will be stopped in 15 minute intervals during the work.

GOV. BREWER GETTING READY FOR NEXT YEAR'S SUPER BOWL - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is in New York City for Super Bowl weekend and a ceremonial hand-off for next year's big game in Glendale. Brewer's spokesman Andrew Wilder says the governor is promoting Arizona (and its warm temperatures) on the trip and will meet tomorrow with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Read more from KGUN.

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