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BIG SPRING, Texas — The West Texas town of Big Spring is among those that will see part of the Jade Helm 15 military exercise that has alarmed some Texans concerned about a federal takeover.

Big Spring Mayor Larry McLellan told KWES-TVthat military officials had contracted with some local ranchers, but no one was expected to have to leave their homes during the exercise this summer.

City officials say the exercise will help local businesses. McLellan said officials are hoping for an economic impact as great as $150,000.

The U.S. military has confirmed that a helicopter carrying six U.S. marines and two Nepali soldiers, as it delivered aid to earthquake victims in Nepal, is still missing. The helicopter was declared missing Tuesday evening, according to Pacific Command spokesman Major Dave Eastburn. It had been flying from Kathmandu airport as part of the US Operation "Sahayogi Haat," which means "helping hand" in Nepali. An air search Tuesday had been halted overnight due to darkness, but resumed in the morning with the Americans deploying two Huey helicopters and two MV-22 tilt-rotor Osprey aircrafts.

SAN ANTONIO — A Virginia defense contractor will pay $400,000 to settle a dispute about access to restricted information at a Texas military installation. The Informatics Applications Group Inc. of Reston, Virginia, did not admit liability in the agreement announced Thursday.

Federal authorities say the matter involves information technology services in 2012 for the U.S. Army Medical Information Technology Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has increased the threat level at bases across North America. Officials say the incremental boost will likely mean heightened vigilance and more random bag or vehicle checks.

The baseline level went from A to B, although most military installations — including the Pentagon — were already at a slightly higher level of protection than level A. There are four levels, A through D.

Army Col. Steve Warren says the increase was not triggered by a specific event.

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The death of a trainee at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland remains under investigation.

Nineteen-year-old Air Force basic trainee Kelani Thomas died Monday morning after collapsing during routine physical fitness training.

According to a statement from the base, “Following her collapse, on-scene medical personnel began immediate resuscitation efforts until Emergency Medical Response personnel arrived. Thomas was then transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center where a medical team was unable to revive her.”

Thomas was in her first week of Basic Military Training assigned to the 322nd Training Squadron.

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