Tucson headlines: MTCVB audit; New jobs; MUSD budget override; Marana school grant; TUSD vacant schools; Cancer vigil

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson City Council members were briefed on the results of the city's Convention and Visitor's Bureau audit Tuesday.

And the results were mixed.

The visitor's bureau is having trouble luring conventions to Tucson.

In part because of the crippled state of the Tucson Convention Center and the lack of a convention center hotel.

"We did not finance a convention hotel.  I don't want to hear about our weaknesses anymore.  I want to hear about our strengths," said Couniclwoman Karin Uhlich.

The visitor's bureau showed off a video to council which they use to draw tourists to tucson.

Despite a rough economy, MTCVB officials say they did see small growth in the last year.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Bombardier Company announced Tuesday that it will hire up to 200 people as it expands its air plane service center.

The new jobs will include plane mechanics and other skilled technical positions.

The company has been doing business in Tucson since 1976 and employs over 600 people.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Voters in the Marana Unified School District have to decide on election day whether to approve the continuation of a 10% budget override approved back in 2007 that provides additional funding for school maintenance and operations expenses.

Tuesday night at Mountain View High School, a forum was held to help voters decide on proposition 400. It will have to pass in a special election in order for the extra funds to keep flowing.

Barely a dozen people showed up to the meeting.

"When an override its approved, its approved by voters for 7 years, but in year 5 the school district has to go back out and ask voters to re-authorize in order to maintain full founding," said Tamara Crawley from the Marana School District.

Officials from the school district also tell us that class size will be greater and teaching quality would be adversely affected if prop 400 fails.

Another forum will be held Wednesday night at Marana Middle School, starting at 7:00 P.M.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- In the middle of the funding uncertainty, Marana schools got a little help from the Department of Education Tuesday.

The DOE, awarding a grant to the Marana School District to fund counseling programs.

MUSD will receive just under $400,000 from the federal government in order to support mental health services in targeted elementary and secondary schools.

The parents of participating students will be able to provide feedback on the couseling services supported by the grant.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tuesday night the Tucson Unified School District's governing board met to discuss what to do with the seven schools it closed last year.

The board has several options.

They could sell the properties, lease them out, or they could simply choose to leave them vacant indefinitely.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- A candlelight vigil Tuesday night in honor of childhood cancer awareness month.

Participants lit a candle in honor or memory of a child diagnosed with cancer.  President Obama recently proclaimed September childhood cancer awareness month.

"Pretty much it makes me happy that people actually care for the kids in the hospital and know that they having a hard time," said cancer survivor Joseph Vazquez.

Candlelighters is a family-run non profit organizations. It has been selected to receive a Grant.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tuesday morning Congressman Raul Grijalva was talking jobs.

Grijalva took a tour of the Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona training facility.

He was there to talk to the employees of Goodwill about job creation and training.

"The job that goodwill is doing needs to be noticed and there was an opportunity tio come and thank them it was also an opportunity to learn the vast amount of work they're doing in this community," said Representative Raul Grijalva.

Representative Grijalva is expected to roll out his border infrastructure and jobs act of 2011.