NewsNet 08-28-14

TRAFFIC ALERT: SOUTHBOUND 4TH AVENUE UNDERPASS CLOSURE - With the University of Arizona back in session and a football game tomorrow, traffic is expected to be heavy in the downtown area this weekend, so the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) is not permitting southbound traffic through the 4th Avenue Underpass at 9th Street tonight through Sunday, from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. During the temporary closure, the Sun Link Streetcar and bicyclists will be allowed to use the southbound travel lane through the underpass, and pedestrians will be allowed to use the sidewalk. TDOT staff recently adjusted the timing of the traffic signals to allow for better traffic flow through the busy Congress/4th/Toole intersection, and engineers will continue to evaluate and monitor travel patterns this weekend. View map of closure area and detours.

NEW VIDEO: ELEPHANT BABY WALKING WITH MOM AND FAMILY - Tucson's baby African elephant is getting more active these days in the elephant exhibit. The female calf is exploring the grounds, but staying very close to her mother, Semba. While the still-unnamed baby is not on regular public exhibit just yet, the public may be able to catch a glimpse of her in the distance in the early morning hours. Tucson 12 went behind the scenes to share some video with the community. You can also follow the calf's progress at the Reid Park Zoo and City of Tucson social media sites (links below).
Zoo Cams
Baby Elephant FAQ
Reid Park Zoo Flickr page
Reid Park Zoo Twitter
Reid Park Zoo Facebook
City of Tucson Facebook
City of Tucson Twitter

MOVIES IN THE PARK SERIES CONCLUDES TOMORROW AT REID PARK - Looking for some family-friendly entertainment on a Friday night? Movies in the Park, a Tucson summer staple since 2003, concludes tomorrow at Reid Park with a free showing of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman." Residents are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the movie at the Demeester Performing Arts Pavilion, 900 S. Randolph Way. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with live music, jumping castles, balloon animals, and arts and crafts exhibits from nonprofits. Popcorn, soda, and food truck vendors also will be available for an additional charge. The Movies in the Park program is hosted by Cox Communications and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. Read more from Tucson News Now.

REDUCE CLUTTER AND GO PAPERLESS WITH CITY E-BILLING - Go paperless with your Utility Services Statement. Set up an eBill account to pay your bill, get notification of your billing statement, view water usage, and read Tucson Water's newsletter.

'THROWBACK THURSDAY:' TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT'S FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN OFFICER - As part of social media's "Throwback Thursday," the Tucson Police Department's (TPD) Facebook page profiles Lonnie Reed, who in 1948 was hired as TPD's first African-American officer. By 1959, he was promoted to detective and was named Officer of the Year for solving a 14-month mystery involving the kidnapping of a fellow officer. In 1960, Reed was promoted to the rank of sergeant, making him the first African-American detective and sergeant to work with the Tucson Police Department. Read more about Lonnie Reed on TFD Facebook page.