Benetton store closes after year at La Encantada

The United Colors of Benetton store at La Encantada closed Tuesday, according to an email from the store sent to some customers and confirmed by store staff.

The high-end clothing retailer had been at La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive, for about a year and previously was at Tucson Mall.

Raytheon successfully tests Griffin missiles

The U.S. Navy demonstrated the ability of a small missile made by Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems to hit fast-moving small boats, in a recent test revealed Tuesday.

In a demonstration that took place at an undisclosed location, three of Raytheon's Griffin missiles were fired from a sea-based launcher at three separate speeding-boat targets more than a mile away. The weapons were guided by laser and scored direct hits on the target, achieving all demonstration objectives, Raytheon said.

The Griffin A missile, which has already been used in combat, is in production and integrated on the Marine Corps' C-130 Harvest Hawk fixed-wing gunship, Raytheon said. The company also has developed the Griffin B, a forward-firing missile that launches from rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft and ground launchers.

The Griffin uses GPS satellite or laser designation to reach its target. The weapon is 43 inches long, weighs 33 pounds and has a 13-pound warhead.

Solar-power group names Trico Electric top co-op

Marana-based Trico Electric Cooperative has been named 2012 Electric Cooperative of the Year by the Solar Electric Power Association, a national utility and solar-energy industry group.

Trico is a nonprofit electric cooperative serving more than 38,000 customers in northwest Tucson, Marana, Corona de Tucson, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Three Points, Arivaca and Sasabe.

SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm said in a news release the group recognized Trico among 70 co-ops "for its longstanding commitment to solar energy" as well as recent progress in developing new solar-energy programs.

In 2011, Trico completed the installation of 1.4 megawatts of new solar capacity. With a 21st Century Grant of about $1 million from the state, Trico installed a 227-kilowatt solar demonstration project on the property adjacent to the co-op's office.

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