VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK CONTINUES - Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing its road repair program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program. Sunday, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., crews will be repaving Houghton Road, from Interstate 10 to Dawn Road, near the Pima County Fairgrounds. Since sections within the construction zone feature only two travel lanes, crews with flags will help direct travel through the area. The work is expected to be finished by next Friday.
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TUCSON’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE TOMORROW - The annual parade starts at Stone Avenue and 17th Street at 11 a.m., looping around to Armory Park after a trek through Downtown Tucson. The event begins at Armory Park at 10 a.m. with live Irish music, dancers, entertainment, a children’s game area, food, drinks, and merchandise vendors. There also will be floats, military units, local dignitaries, media and entertainment personalities, along with civic, cultural and social groups. Streets along the parade route will be closed at various points through the day. Learn more at the URL below. Read more about Downtown Tucson Partnership.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA ENDS WINTER COMMENCEMENTS - The University of Arizona announced yesterday that it's ending December commencement ceremonies to better focus on its events in May. In a news release, the UA says students who plan to graduate in December can take part in the cap-and-gown ceremony in May, either a semester before or after their graduation. The school says it will save about $100,000 a year by not holding the winter ceremonies, using that money instead for more-elaborate spring ceremonies. Colleges will continue to hold convocation ceremonies to recognize individual graduates at the end of both spring and fall semesters. Read the Arizona Daily Star and UA News.

VETERANS COURT KEEPS SOME VETS OUT OF JAIL - The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) and the Tucson legal community are working together in operating the City of Tucson Veterans Court, a diversion program that keeps veterans charged with misdemeanor crimes out of the regular court system and helps them into treatment. Watch the story on Tucson 12.

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