Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:49:34 GMT
Suspicious items were found today at three locations in Tucson. Police investigated the discoveries at three locations: the Federal Courthouse, on South 12th Avenue and South Canada Drive, and at 2 E. Congress Street.More >>
Suspicious items were found today at three locations in Tucson. Police investigated the discoveries at three locations: the Federal Courthouse, on South 12th Avenue and South Canada Drive, and at 2 E. Congress Street. More >>
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
It wasn't very long ago that catching a glimpse of a Hollywood star walking down a Tucson street was commonplace.
Tucson seemed to be a second home for Hollywood.
But those days disappeared after a series of tax incentives were dropped and the state has so far refused to reinstate them.
At one time, the movie industry added 9,000 jobs and pumped $355 million into the states coffers in salaries alone.
Tucson, Visit Tucson and Pima County see some advantage to brining back those golden days.
All have asked the state lawmakers to pass a package of state wide incentives to boost the industry.
But to no avail so far.
"We had good success in the legislature until we get to the top," says Brent DeRaad, President and CEO of Visit Tucson. "We get to the finish line to have the legislature to sign off and the governor, and we haven't been able to advance that in the past two years."
Area leaders are not likely to try again as long as Governor Jan Brewer is in office.
No package will be advanced until 2015 when the governor is out of office.
In the meantime, the city of Tucson has decided to pass their own incentives rather that wait on the state.
Tucson unanimously passed a measure while will allow film production companies a 75% break on city property.
That would likely be the TCC which may be converted to a sound stage which Tucson lacks.
But Tucson has more to offer.
"If you come to Tucson, you can shoot an urban scene, you can get out in the desert in 10 minutes and shoot a desert scene," says Tucson city council member Steve Kozachik who is leading the effort. "In 30 minutes you can be on top of Mount Lemmon and you can shoot a scene in the snow."
He says the state is being short sighted and Tucson can benefit from that.
"You don't need to move your crew all over the state," he says. "You can get it all right here."
He called the city vote a "small set."
Visit Tucson already has an incentive plan in place where it rebates part of the production companies expenses.
It's been instrumental in bringing $10 million in work to Tucson in the past year.
But there's much more on the table he feels.
"We'd like the state to bring back a statewide film center to put us on an equal footing with New Mexico, Utah and Colorado," he says.
Those states are "bringing in tens of millions, even hundreds of millions of dollars from the film and television industry, " he says.
Thursday, April 24 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:50:21 GMT
Rankin County Sheriff's office is investigating the death of a Hinds County Sheriff's Deputy along with his wife. Both were found deceased in their residence at 126 Caledonian Blvd. around 9 last night.More >>
Both were found deceased in their residence on Caledonian Blvd. around 9 last night.More >>
Thursday, April 24 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:49:46 GMT
According to WTVA, an Amber Alert has been issued for a missing Lowndes County toddler. Lowndes County Chief Deputy Marc Miley says they are searching for 2-year-old Malia Harris of Columbus. OfficialsMore >>
Georgia officials believe suspects in the Mississippi Amber Alert case may be in southwest Georgia. Cook County, GA investigators have been actively searching the Lenox area for the suspects. Officials confirmed a heavy presence of law enforcement in that area Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, April 24 2014 5:11 AM EDT2014-04-24 09:11:15 GMT
(WMC) – Two suspected kidnappers sought in nationwide Amber Alert were captured in Sylvester just after midnight Thursday. 34-year-old Donald Harris and 31-year-old Allison Studdard and Maliah were travelingMore >>
Two suspected kidnappers sought in nationwide Amber Alert were captured in Sylvester just after midnight Thursday.More >>
Thursday, April 24 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:03:24 GMT
Jackson police are investigating an officer involved shooting that happened early Thursday morning. Police tell us it started as an armed robbery at the Shell station on Daniel Lake Blvd. The suspectMore >>
We are told that the suspect faces 2 counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and one count of armed robbery of a business. More >>
Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:35:19 GMT
Police have surveillance photos of a man who is wanted for stealing from healthplex facilities in the metro area. They believe he stole a Rolex watch at a health and workout facility in Jackson Monday.TuesdayMore >>
Police have surveillance photos of a man who is wanted for stealing from healthplex facilities in the metro area. They believe he stole a Rolex watch at a health and workout facility in Jackson Monday.More >>
Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:24:25 GMT
The search is on for the woman who allegedly stole items from a little boy's gravesite in Richland County. According to Ontario Police, several people have contacted them concerning gravesite thefts atMore >>
The search is on for the woman who allegedly stole items from a little boy's gravesite in Richland County.More >>
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