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Rosemont plan approved — but here's why it might not happen fast

Hudbay Minerals said Thursday that it has received the approved Mine Plan of Operations for the proposed Rosemont mine project, the final step in the permitting process.... Read more»

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Nearly $150M in Az military projects could be cut for Trump's border emergency

Despite "assurances" touted by Sen. McSally, a $30-million construction project at Ft. Huachuca and a $15-million facility at Davis-Monthan AFB are potentially on the chopping block in order to fund a border wall under President Trump's national emergency declaration.... Read more»

Anxiety & uncertainty for Az's transgender troops after Supreme Court ruling

A recent Supreme Court ruling is considered a major setback for transgender servicemembers, as well as a hindrance to the future of transgender individuals in the military.... Read more»

Pentagon more than doubles active-duty troops deployed to border

The Defense Department said it will send an additional 3,750 active-duty troops to the southern border to support Customs and Border Protection officers by stringing razor wire, helping operate mobile surveillance equipment and other support activities.... Read more»

Pentagon defends use of active-duty troops on border

Pentagon officials told lawmakers that there’s nothing unusual about the 2,300 active-duty troops at the Mexican border, calling it in line with similar deployments under previous administrations. Another 3,750 troops will be deployed soon.... Read more»

Experts urge troop withdrawal; DHS repeats need to ‘harden’ border

National security experts and former military officials called on the administration to bring active-duty troops home from the border for Thanksgiving and end what they called a “needless” and politically motivated deployment.... Read more»

Trump administration seeks to restrict asylum claims

Immigration officials plan to bar people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from applying for asylum, newly installed acting Attorney General Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen announced Thursday.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Twelker: UA eye doc looks at 'caravan' through lens of experience in Honduras

When I heard about the caravan, I saw the photographs and watched the interviews. I thought: I know these people. They were my patients. Honduras is very poor and its main economy is to export food, coffee, and clothing to the United States. So, if you eat bananas, drink coffee or wear clothing, you most likely have a connection with the migrants — whether you know it or not. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Holmes: Be nice to troops deployed to border; they may disagree with their mission

What should our response be to troops being deployed along the border? Speak to our elected officials, but when you encounter these troops, my advice as a former soldier is to be nice to them. They are not choosing to come here, and they probably are not enjoying it.... Read more»

D-M, Ft. Huachuca to house troops sent to border; 101st Airborne among soldiers deployed

Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB, and Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, are among the locations where U.S. military forces are being stationed near the Mexican border. Among the deployments are the 101st Airborne Division.... Read more»4

For Tucson native, even small role in McCain rites is ‘humbling’

It was a “humbling” experience when Army 1st Sgt. John Carrigg served as non-commissioned officer in charge of the military detail that received McCain’s casket when it arrived Thursday night at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.... Read more»

Phoenix native killed in Army chopper crash in Iraq

A U.S. Army Special Operations helicopter pilot who was born in Phoenix died Monday after a crash in Iraqi Kurdistan. Flags across Arizona will fly at half-staff on Wednesday in honor of CWO 3 Taylor J. Galvin, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered.... Read more»

Flags at half-staff for Phx firefighter found dead while on Nat'l Guard duty

A Phoenix firefighter who was found dead on Friday in his quarters at an Army National Guard base is being honored with flags across the state flown at half-staff on Monday.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Automatic & semi-auto weapons belong in war not neighborhoods

Those who have been trained in the infantry or served in combat know powerful weapons are designed for just one thing — killing, as fast and as many people as possible. ... Read more»

Tucson soldier dies in Kosovo on 21st birthday

A U.S. Army soldier serving on a NATO mission died Saturday in the Balkan country of Kosovo. The death of Spc. Robert W. Jones, 21, is being investigated by military authorities. Saturday, Jan. 6, was his birthday.... Read more»

Ducey: Flags at half-staff to honor Tucson soldier killed in Yemen crash

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff to honor Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez, a soldier with Tucson ties who was killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Yemen.... Read more»

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