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Funding troubles ground Jackson Airshow just short of 50th anniversary

A string of 49 years of wowing aviation fans with aerials acrobatics and the flying skills of some of the best aircraft pilots anywhere has ended with cancellation of Jackson’s May Airshow. The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority said funding problems, chiefly the federal fiscal sequester that began March 1, has forced cancellation of what would have been the Airshow’s 50th ...

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Closings of 7 airport towers in state may become permanent

Jackson’s Hawkins Field air traffic control tower and six other control towers in Mississippi are among 173 scheduled to be closed nationwide in early April, as the Federal Aviation Administration shuts off funding for those services to accommodate the fiscal sequester of $86 billion for the remainder of 2013. In addition to Hawkins (HKS), Mississippi airports on the list are ...

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FAA spending cuts has airport towers closing next month

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Seven air traffic control towers in Mississippi are among 173 scheduled to be closed nationwide in early April, as the Federal Aviation Administration shuts off funding for those services. The shutdowns are part of the FAA’s move to reduce spending by $600 million under automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. They affect mostly small- and medium-sized ...

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Naval office chooses geospatial firm for mapping

HANCOCK COUNTY — Geocent has been selected to provide Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) the ability to display its forecasted ocean weather data and observations of current ocean weather data on a geospatial map so that it can be viewed on tools such as Google Earth and other Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) based map viewers. The Navy’s Naval Supply Systems Command ...

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MDEQ lifts three beach advisories, issues new one

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted several Gulf Coast beach water contact advisories. The advisories were lifted for: • Station 1 — Lakeshore, which extends from the Sliver Slipper Casino east to the jetty west of Poinset Avenue • Station 2 — Buccaneer State Park • Station 15 ...

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Coast ag producers share needs, express concerns

BILOXI — Agricultural producers in the coastal region shared their needs and concerns during a recent Mississippi State University meeting. The sixth-annual Producer Advisory Council meeting was held at MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center. Eleven commodity groups made recommendations and requests for research, educational programming and support by MSU’s Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. ...

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Mandatory meetings held for Delta heritage area

CLEVELAND — The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area moved closer to full authorization with two recent public meetings and a series of planning committee meetings, followed by a session with the governing board. Thirty people attended a community meeting in the Museum of the Mississippi Delta in Greenwood, and 25 attended another meeting in the Landers Center in Southaven. Later, ...

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BancorpSouth rolls out new payroll cards

TUPELO — BancorpSouth, Inc. has launched the BancorpSouth Payroll Card, through its Treasury Management division, designed to be an alternative to traditional check printing for businesses. By going through a Treasury Management representative, employers can set up payroll cards to have a safe, convenient way to electronically pay all employees without having the risk of paper checks. Michael Lindsey, BancorpSouth Senior ...

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Mall gets new name while still under construction

PEARL — Mississippi’s largest outlet shopping center is currently under construction and will be known by a new name — Outlets of Mississippi. The 325,000-square-foot value retail center, formerly known as The Outlets of Bloomfield, will be located in the city of Pearl. “The new name reflects the sense of pride our new outlet shopping destination will bring not only ...

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Bill legalizing school prayer sent to governor's desk

JACKSON — The House has sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that could legalize student prayer before school audiences. Senate Bill 2633 is also meant to guarantee religious freedom in Mississippi public schools, ensuring students can talk about spiritual beliefs and not be deprived of their rights. The House voted 108-6 for final passage of the bill yesterday without ...

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