INCREASE IN TAX-FREE GOODS COULD MEAN MORE SHOPPERS FROM MEXICO - People heading to Mexico with items they bought in Arizona may be relieved of some taxes on their purchases through January 8, 2014. The new limited-time rule change and other measures are designed to help boost Arizona's economy year round. Typically around the holiday season, shoppers from Mexico can take $300 worth of goods bought in the United States across the border without having to pay taxes on the items. As the result of a temporary rules change by Mexican Customs, the cap now is $500 worth of goods per person. Every year tourism from Mexico brings in almost $1 billion into Tucson and surrounding areas. Read more from KOLD/KMSB.
JFK STATUE STOLEN FROM EL PRESIDIO PARK IN TUCSON - The bronze statue of John F. Kennedy is missing, stolen off its pedestal base over the weekend. The bust was installed in the downtown park in 1964, one year after President Kennedy's assassination. The statue was ripped off its granite base, bolts and all. Scrap yards have been notified, and Parks and Recreation officials express hope that the statue is found and returned. Read more from KVOA and Tucson Parks and Recreation "Special Places:"
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA TO EXPAND McKALE CENTER - The University of Arizona is working to raise the first $30 million of the McKale Center arena renovation project, with the total cost expected to be around $80 million upon completion. Pending approval from the Arizona Board of Regents, the project, most of which will begin in May, will include new seating for the 40-year-old arena, upgraded lighting and a new floor in time for next season. A new video board that is 25 percent larger than the current one is expected to be finished within the next month. Benefactors Jeannie and Cole Davis donated the first $6 million to help seed the project funding.
Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
BOMBER TO BE DESTROYED IN TUCSON AS PART OF ARMS PACT - The final B-52G bomber being eliminated under a weapons treaty will meet its end Thursday at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Base officials say a rescue saw will be used to sever the bomber's tail section from the fuselage. That'll make the plane the 39th B-52G eliminated under the New START Treaty and the last such elimination required under the treaty. Read more at ABC15.
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