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BILL CRAWFORD — Special session puts Band-Aid on state road and bridge sores

BILL CRAWFORD Was that a kinder, gentler Tate Reeves emerging from the recently concluded special session of the Mississippi Legislature? Reeves said the public should note the session’s bipartisan goodwill, wrote the AP’s Emily Wagster Pettus in a wrap-up story last week. Goodwill between the House and Senate much less bipartisan goodwill have not been at the forefront of Reeves’ ...

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Gulfport-Biloxi’s Williams obtains aviation industry designation

Clay Williams Clay Williams, Executive Director, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, has obtained the designation of Certified Member (C.M.) of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). The designation is provided to Airport Executives who complete the AAAE Body of Knowledge Course of Study in Administration, Finance, Airport Planning, Construction, Airport Operations, Community Relations and Communications. On behalf of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, ...

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Lottery bill passes Mississippi Senate but falters in House

Mississippi legislators split late Monday on whether to create a state lottery, leaving uncertainty about what will happen. Senators voted 31-17 to pass a lottery bill , moments after the House rejected the same proposal. Sixty House members voted against the bill, and 54 voted for it. The issue is not going away. The bill was held for the possibility ...

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Transport funding bill going to governor; lottery unfinished

Mississippi lawmakers have agreed on a transportation funding plan that would give cities and counties some of the sales tax money the state collects from people shopping online. House members Monday accepted changes that senators made in the bill,known as the Mississippi Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2018. It goes to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who signals that he’ll sign it. ...

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Mississippi’s senators say award to help city buy airport

Mississippi’s senators say the City of Olive Branch has received a $14.9 million federal grant to help with the purchase of the Olive Branch Airport. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, in a news release Thursday, said the city will become the airfield’s primary operator. It’s been in operation since 1972, and the purchase guarantees the continued operations of ...

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UPDATE: Senate considers Mississippi lottery bill

The Latest on a special session on transportation spending (all times local): 1:30 p.m. A senator says a lottery bill advancing in the Mississippi Senate would provide about $40 million to the state in its first year and about $80 million in later years. The Senate Highways and Transportation Committee is considering Senate Bill 2001 , which would create a ...

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Mississippi governor calls special session on transportation

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday issued the official document to call lawmakers into special session Thursday to discuss more money for roads and bridges. The plan outlined by the Republican governor includes diverting some taxes on internet sales to cities and counties, creating a state lottery, using proceeds from a tax on sports betting and borrowing up to $300 ...

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