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ADOT’s commercial truck training saves drivers time, money Next cross-border training scheduled for April 3-4

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 NOGALES – More than 1,300 truck drivers from Mexico have now completed training from Arizona Department of Transportation safety inspectors through an innovative program that is making Arizona’s inspection process more efficient and Arizona roads safer. 
That number includes drivers trained at Arizona border ports of entry in Douglas, Nogales and San Luis, as well as about 320 drivers trained in a unique two-day training program at locations in Mexico. More than 30 additional drivers are expected to attend a training session in Nogales, Sonora, in the first week of April.

“The large numbers of drivers from Mexico who continue to ask for safety training from our officers is a testimony about how important and how effective this program has become in less than two years,” said Tim Lane, director of ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division.

ADOT’s Border Liaison Unit began conducting classes in fall 2016 to educate truck drivers and company leaders from Mexico about safety inspection …

Sections of Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) in the East Valley closed for part of the weekend

Sections of the Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) in east Mesa and Gilbert will be closed for part of this weekend while construction crews install traffic technology, including cameras and traffic-flow sensors along the freeway. Drivers should allow extra travel time and use available detours while the following restrictions are in place:

Eastbound Loop 202 will be closed between Williams Field and Higley roads from 10 p.m. Friday, March 30, to 9 a.m. Saturday, March 31. Drivers should consider using alternate routes, including eastbound Williams Field Road to northbound Higley Road to access Loop 202 beyond the closure.

Northbound Loop 202 will be closed between Guadalupe and Broadway roads from 10 p.m. Saturday, March 31, to 9 a.m. Sunday, April 1. Both US 60 (Superstition Freeway) ramps to northbound Loop 202 will remain open. Alternate routes include northbound Ellsworth Road to westbound Broadway Road to access Loop 202 beyond the closure.

The westbound Loop 202 on-ramp at Higley Road will…

Weekend Travel Advisory March 30 - April 2, 2018

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Drivers should be aware of the following restrictions this weekend:
Eastbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) closed between Williams Field and Higley roads from 10 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday
Northbound Loop 202 (Santan/Red Mountain freeways) closed between Guadalupe and Broadway and roads from 10 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday 

Lane closures on Interstate 10 at Wilmot Road in Tucson

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for the following restrictions on I-10 at Wilmot Road in Tucson:

Westbound I-10 at Wilmot Road will be reduced to one lane daily (alternating lane closures) from 8 p.m. Monday, April 2 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 4.
Eastbound I-10 at Wilmot Road will be reduced to one lane daily (alternating lane closures) from 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 to 5 a.m. Thursday, April 5.
There will be a 14-foot width restriction in place. Oversize vehicles must use frontage road between Craycroft and Valencia roads.

Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

For more information please visit the project website.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Info…

Lane restrictions continue on Interstate 10 between Dragoon and Johnson roads east of Benson at Texas Canyon Rest Areas

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for the following restrictions on I-10 between Dragoon  and Johnson roads east of Benson at the Texas Canyon Rest Areas:

Westbound I-10 will be reduced to one lane (right lane will be closed) at milepost 319 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 2.
Westbound I-10 will be reduced to one lane (right lane will be closed) at milepost 319 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.
Eastbound I-10 will be reduced to one lane (right lane will be closed) at milepost 321 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.
Vehicles are restricted to 16-foot width limit.

Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

For more information please visit the project website.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-tim…

Interstate 10 narrowed near Queen Creek Road south of Chandler beginning the week of Monday, April 2

The Arizona Department of Transportation is scheduled to complete freeway lighting work on Interstate 10 near Queen Creek Road during overnight hours beginning the week of Monday, April 2. Drivers should allow extra travel time and use alternate routes if necessary while the following restrictions are in place:

Eastbound I-10 will be narrowed to one lane near Queen Creek Road, south of Chandler, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday, April 2, through Wednesday, April 4.
The eastbound I-10 off-ramp at Queen Creek Road will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday, April 2, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 3.
The eastbound I-10 on-ramp at Queen Creek Road will be closed from 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, to 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 4.
Westbound I-10 will be narrowed to one lane near Queen Creek Road from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.beginning Wednesday, April 4, to Friday, April 6.
The westbound I-10 off-ramp at Queen Creek Road will be closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, to 5 a.m. Thursday, April 5.
The westbound I-10 on-ra…

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WEIRD NEWS

Epic OOPS!
After about four hours of deliberating, the jurors decided Marco Antonio Parilla, Jr. would be sentenced to life in prison for killing Tarpon Springs officer Charles Kondek. But when the court clerk read the verdict in court, he announced Parilla had been sentenced to death! Of course the Kondek family was elated and the courtroom erupted in cheers. But realizing the mistake, the jurors were horrified. After noticing the error, Pinellas Circuit judge Joseph Bulone instructed the jurors to fill out a new form. This time, it read life in prison. It's unclear what exactly led to the error. Most jurors did not return a reporter's calls or declined to comment. For Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett and defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand, this is the first time they've seen a wrong sentence announced in a capital case. The jury's decision wasn't what the Kondek family hoped for. Shortly after the verdict, Kondek's widow, Teresa, said the mishap &qu…

DID YOU KNOW?

Everyday in the U.S., five bicycle riders are injured riding into an open car door. Close to 90% of people surveyed said if their babysitter asked for a raise, they'd give it to them. Around 4% of us would rather give up showering for a month than lose their Wi-Fi. Almost 50% of Americans lie when they go to the doctor. 28% of people will attend a garage sale in the next month. Tailgating is the most common trigger for road rage.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Rapper DMX has been sentenced to one year in prison for tax fraud. Sarah Jessica Parker has endorsed Cynthia Nixon for governor of New York. The percentage of individuals receiving tax audits declined for the sixth consecutive year in 2017 to reach the lowest level since 2002. John McCain's memoir, "The Restless Wave," comes out May 22nd and is said to hold nothing back. Which makes you wonder what he will say about President Trump. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies have both been named to the Los Angeles Rams squad. Yes, the NFL's first two male cheerleaders. A waiter fired from a restaurant in Canada claims he's not rude and aggressive like his former managers and co-workers say, he's simply French. Tickets for this year's Burning Man celebration sold out in 30 minutes on Wednesday. Within a half hour of the noon opening bell, 26,000 tickets were sold at $425 each. Kendra Wilkinson is filing for divorce from husband Hank Baskett. Gwyneth Paltrow shared…

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1822, Florida became a U.S. property. The 11-member council voted 23-1 to approve it. Yeah, they've always had trouble counting down there.

In 1842, Dr. Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Georgia, first used ether as an anesthetic during a minor operation. It worked great, but it worked even better the second time when he gave it to the patient instead.

On this date in 1853, a patent was granted for the invention of a pencil with an attached eraser on the end.
Nobody's perfect... which is, of course, why he invented it. Of course, for those of us who don't need erasers... they're useless. You know, you always hear about #2 pencils. Whatever happened to #1? It was actually written down as the date from the day before, but of course, he fixed it. For a while, he erased everything he had written. Then he moved the erase to the other end of the pencil. Of course, they had to work out the bugs. At first, it was at the same end as the lead point... and as soon as…

Today In History...

In 1822 Florida becomes a U.S. territory.

In 1842 Dr. Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Georgia, first uses ether as an anesthetic during a minor operation.

In 1853 A patent is granted to Hyman Lipman for a pencil with an eraser.

In 1867 U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reaches an agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million.

In 1870 The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving men the right to vote regardless of race, is declared in effect.

In 1870 Texas is re-admitted into the Union after the civil war.

In 1909 The Queensboro Bridge opens, linking the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens.

In 1945 The USSR invades Austria during World War II.

In 1948 Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi.

In 1950 The photo-transistor is invented.

In 1964 John Glenn withdraws from the Ohio race for the U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall.

In 1973 Ellsworth Bunker resigns as U.S. amb…

Music Calendar...

In 1940 "When You Wish Upon A Star" by Glenn Miller is #1 on the charts.

In 1957 Bobby Helms' "Fraulein" begins a 52-week stay on the U.S. Country singles chart.

In 1957 "Party Doll" by Buddy Knox is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1959 "I Need Your Love Tonight" by Elvis Presley enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1960 Massachusetts congressman Tip O'Neill calls rock and roll "a type of sensuous music unfit for impressionable minds."

In 1963 Lesley Gore makes her first appearance on "American Bandstand."

In 1963 "Two Faces Have I" by Lou Christie and "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1963 "He's So Fine" by the Chiffons hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.

In 1966 Barbra Striesand stars in "Color Me Barbra," a TV special for CBS.

In 1966 85 audience members are arrested at a Rolling St…

Born On This Day...

In 1719 Writer, Sir John Hawkins (wrote first history of music)

In 1746 Spanish painter, Francisco Jose de Goya

In 1674 British scientist, Jethro Tull

In 1820 Children's author, Anna Sewell (Black Beauty)

In 1844 French poet, Paul Verlaine

In 1853 Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh (powerful use of color)

In 1858 Actor/comedian, DeWolf Hopper (Casey at the Bat)

In 1879 Inventor, Bernhard Schmidt (designed telescopes)

In 1880 Irish playwright, Sean O'Casey

In 1894 Engineer, Sergei Vladimirovich Ilyushin (designed Russian aircraft)

In 1913 Former CIA head, Richard Helms [d: 10-22-02]

In 1913 Actor/singer, Frankie Laine (Rawhide, Blazing Saddles) [d: 2-6-07]

In 1914 Blues singer, John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson [d: 6-1-48]

In 1917 Actor, Herbert Anderson (Henry-Dennis the Menace) [d: 6-11-94]

In 1918 Restaurant executive, Bob Evans [d: 6-21-07]

In 1919 Statesman/educator, McGeorge Bundy [d: 9-16-97]

In 1926 Game show host, Pe…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Maryse Gives Birth! Total Divas Star and The Miz Welcome Baby Girl Monroe. Maryse and The Miz are finally parents! The Total Divas stars welcomed their first child together, a baby girl, named Monroe Sky Mizanin on Tuesday, March 27. The Miz and Maryse announced their daughter's arrival on Twitter Wednesday. "Of course our little girl arrived early. Welcome to the world Monroe Sky Mizanin 3/27/18 11:40pm," the couple both tweeted along with a photo of Monroe and Maryse's hands. Maryse, 35, and The Miz, 37, married in February 2014. Last month, Maryse and The Miz used Valentine's Day 2018 as a reason to celebrate their pink-themed baby show. The couple was surrounded by family, friends and a few celebs with Avril Lavigne and Ryan Cabrera in attendance. Former Total Divas star Rosa Mendes was also at the celebration along with Dolph Zigler and a few other WWE wrestlers. "Such a blast last night!!!! Thank you to all my friends and family for making it soooo spe…