Tucson headlines: Padres open; Green chamber; Furlough day; Unemployment down

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Kino stadium will come alive Friday night.  The Padres home season kicks off at 7 P.M.

The team will have 68 home games.

Friday's home opener will feature heroes from the January 8 shootings, including many of the first responders.

"We're gonna have some crazy stuff going on right here. You know, we're gonna have fireworks this Saturday.  We're gonna honor, every Sunday, we're gonna have military appreciation night.  That will be a major initiative for the ball club," said Mike Feder.

The Padres will be playing triple-a ball at Kino Stadium for at least two seasons.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- If you're looking to go green, there's a place in Tucson that's got some tips.

Mayor Bob Walkup and other dignitaries were on hand today for the ribbon cutting of the Southern Arizona Green chamber of Commerce.

The non-profit organization opened one year ago, but Thursday Tucsonans actually got a chance to check out the center.

"We are helping businesses across Southern Arizona be more sustainable and find out the benefits of green business practices," said Melissa Black from the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce.

The resource center is located on East Broadway, near Stone Avenue.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- If you have business to do Friday in city offices, you might be out of luck.  It's another furlough Friday.

City offices are closed and workers have a day off without pay. It's part of an effort to balance the city budget.

Tucson Water and the Department of Transportation will respond to emergency situations.

The Reid Park Zoo and all Tucson city golf courses will be open.  And trash will be collected as scheduled.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- The unemployment rate in the Old Pueblo is continuing to drop, according to a state report.

The rate dropped two-tenths of a percent to 8.5% in Tucson, down seven tenths of a percent from a year ago.

Arizona's rate fell to 9.3%, down almost a full point from the same time last year.