AZ HOUSE APPROVES MEDICAID EXPANSION, $8.8 BILLION BUDGET - In a surprise special session called Tuesday by Gov. Brewer, a bipartisan coalition of state reps voted to approve an $8.8 billion fiscal 2014 budget and the Governor's proposed expansion of the state's health-insurance program to cover an additional 350,000 low-income Arizonans under the federal health-care overhaul. The mostly 33-27 votes followed nine hours of debate, concluding at about 3:40 a.m. Story in the Republic here, story in the Star here.
UA BASEBALL AT HI CORBETT ATTAINS NATIONAL RANK IN ATTENDENCE - The University of Arizona baseball program drew more than 100,000 fans to its games in 2013 and ranked among the national leaders in attendance for the second consecutive season. A total of 103,877 patrons passed through the gates this year at Hi Corbett Field, a figure ranked No. 14 nationally out of 298 Division I programs. Over the 38 home games, the Wildcats averaged 2,733 per game, which checked in No. 21 across the country. Hi Corbett field is owned by the City of Tucson, and became the permanent home of Wildcat Baseball in 2012. Read the news release from UA Athletics here.
INVERTIR EN GUAYMAS ES UNA BUENA DECISIÓN: ROTHSCHILD - El mayor de Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild, dijo que el interés de esa ciudad y está en la visión de un gran corredor, una región unidad económicamente y todo lo que a Guaymas beneficia en materia económica nos beneficia a nosotros. Al visitar a autoridades y empresarios de la industria maquiladora y el puerto marítimo de altura, tomó parte en una reunión y recorrido en las instalaciones de la Administración Portuaria Integral al lado de la senadora Claudia Pavlovich y conoció proyecciones ambiciosas en materia portuaria e intercambio comercial con el mundo. En Expresso.
ALASKAN BROWN BEARS COMING TO REID PARK ZOO - Work is underway at the Reid Park Zoo to convert space that formerly housed the zoo's polar bears to an Alaskan Brown Bear exhibit. "The zoo is working with wildlife officials in Alaska who help rescue orphaned bears or bears that can't be reintroduced into the wild," said zoo spokeswoman Vivian VanPeenen. Work on the exhibit is expected to be complete by the end of summer. From the Star.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: LATERAL POLICE OFFICER - The Tucson Police Department is seeking experienced Arizona Police Officers in current good standing with an Arizona law enforcement agency. The position requires current AZ-POST certification, one year of post-FTO experience as a peace officer, ability to pass TPD's Physical Fitness Assessment, and other requirements. Read the City of Tucson job posting here.