Tucson headlines: Near drowning; Downed powerlines; Gas prices; Mescal bridge; Solar workshop; Medicare workshop; Zoo lion cubs; Bike path

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Some scary moments for a family in Vail Monday morning after their child nearly drowns.

It happened just before nine at a home near Colossal Cave Road.

Sheriff's deputies say a grandmother found her three year old grandson at the bottom of the family pool.

She pulled him out and the father performed CPR until emergency crews arrived.

The child was airlifted to an area hospital.  No word yet on his condition.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- The power was out for thousands of northwest Tucson residents, for a short time Monday after a truck pulled down power poles.

The semi on Thornydale and Magee hit the overhead line at about 12:15, pulling the cable and three poles with it.

Power was back up by mid-afternoon. The poles will have to be replaced. Work in that area continued overnight.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- A little more pain at the pump this week for Tucson drivers.

The average for a gallon of unleaded shot up 7.2 cents since last week to $3.39.

Nationally, prices fell 7.1 cents to $3.53 per gallon.

Prices are currently 89 cents a gallon higher than they were this time last year.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Mescal Road/J-6 Ranch Road bridge is finally open to drivers but it's not quite finished yet.

Workers will be painting the bridge this week from 8 P.M. to 6 A.M.

If you're driving on I-10 near Benson during this time you should expect some minor delays.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Solar Power 101, class is in session.

It's a special community education series on solar energy at Pima Community College presented by the office of Congresswoman Giffords.

The focus of the event is solar jobs and Southern Arizona.

It includes an overview of solar-related courses at PCC.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Medicare patients, given a chance to learn more about the sometimes confusing government program.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords office holding a workshop to help seniors on the program or getting ready to use it.

They had experts on hand to answer questions.

"So the goal here is just to get information out there about how people can avail themselves of what Medicare has to offer and how they go about in signing up. There may be some people here that haven't yet reached age 65 and they want to find out what to do when they get there," said Constituent Service Representative Daniel Frey.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Reid Park Zoo announced Tuesday that the three African lion cubs born in July will make their first public appearance tomorrow during a sold out event at the zoo.

The trio will make their debut in the zoo's lion exhibit Tuesday morning, but they won't be on view to the general public until Wednesday morning at 9 A.M.

Zoo staff will be there to answer people's questions on the cubs and their proud parents.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Bike riders on Tucson's northwest side are in luck. Monday, construction on a new bike lane improvement project began on Orange Grove Road from Oracle Road to Shadow Bluffs Drive.

The project will add bike lanes and guard rails. It will also fix some existing guardrails and curbs.

Construction should be completed in November.