Tucson headlines: 'Serve America' tour hits Tucson; Pinal County immigration money; Tucson Water solar

Posted: Updated:

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A "Serve America" bus tour made stops in the Old Pueblo Thursday to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Serve America Act.

Stops included the U of A, the local chapter of the American Red Cross and City High School.

There were seven other tours throughout the U.S.

The Serve America Act expanded and strengthened the AmeriCorps program that was created under President Clinton.

"We are here seeing and hearing first hand what the impact of the programs that AmeriCorps, is having on individuals, children and families through Southern Arizona," said Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America act was passed by Congress in 2009.  It was signed into law by President Obama.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- More money may be going to Pinal County for immigration enforcement.

The legislature, in one of its bills passed in the last hours of the regular session, decided to give Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu $1 million for border related immigration enforcement.

Gov. Brewer has until May 2 to weigh in on the bill.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Water has decided to utilize the sun in providing customers with water.

Thursday Tucson Water along with Trico Electric and SunPower fired up their 10 acre solar farm on mile wide road west of tucson.

"We work really hard to maintain our infrastructure people need to realize also that when they use water they're using energy," said Fernando Molina from Tucson Water.  "This is just another way that we can introduce reliability into the distrubution system especially on the energy component."

The new panels will help reduce Tucson Water's energy costs, especially during the summer when so much water is being used.