New I-19 checkpoint; Convention center hotel pause; Gateway saguaro; Sunnyside cuts

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A new checkpoint on Interstate-19 northbound near Tubac went into operation Monday night, including a new canopy designed to provide agents some protection from the elements.

The customs and border protection for years has run a checkpoint under an overpass and it has sometimes caused major delays. This one has three lanes with plenty of room for secondary checks. Agency officials tell us construction took 90 days to complete with a price tag of $1.5 million dollars.

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Plans to build the Tucson Convention Center hotel continue, but city council member Steve Kozachik tomorrow plans to ask the council to put a freeze on any additional spending. He's arguing there are two many questions about its financing.

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Dedication ceremonies Monday night for a bright, new piece of art that now welcomes visitors to Tucson's city center.

The so-called "Gateway Saguaro" sits in the median of Oracle road just north of Drachman. Designed and built by artist Dirk Arnold the 30-foot-tall structure offers a "welcome" to southbound travelers while the northbound view and all the neon pay homage to "Miracle Mile," the street's former name.

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Drastic times call for drastic measures.  Budget cuts at Sunnyside School District could lead to more than 300 teachers being laid off.

The district needs to cut $10 million out of the budget. At a special board meeting Monday, a proposal to let go of each teacher who've been there less than 3 years.

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Aftershocks reaching 5.1 in magnitude continued to rattle the southwest Monday night following Sunday's 7.2 earthquake centered on northern Mexico.