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State lawmakers hammer out bond bills

JACKSON — House and Senate negotiators have agreed on bond bills to improve transportation, state buildings and boost economic development.

The compromises were filed under a deadline late yesterday and were expected to come up for votes in the two chambers as soon as today.

The $300 million bond bill for transportation has money for road and bridge projects, including $90 million to widen a highway in north Mississippi near the Toyota plant. The other $300 million bond bill has money for tourism projects, including $2.1 million for the Mississippi Civil Rights Historical Sites and $1.4 million to expand the Elvis Presley & Museum in Tupelo.

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