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Last US 72 segment in Mississippi gets 4 lanes

Mississippi officials have opened the final four-lane segment of U.S. 72, giving the route four lanes from the Tennessee state line to the Alabama state line. Norther District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert says the corridor will cut congestion, promote safety, and provide a better connection to the new Interstate 269. The 4.2-mile (7-kilometer) segment cost $29.4 million. It included adding ...

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Mississippi to open last leg of $600M-plus I-269 on Friday

Mississippi’s newest interstate highway will open on Friday afternoon. The Mississippi Department of Transportation says officials will gather that morning to cut the ribbon on the final stretch of Interstate 269 in DeSoto County. The last leg of a beltway around Memphis, Tennessee, the 9-mile (14.5-kilometer) section stretches from Mississippi 305 to Interstate 55. It allows drivers to move between ...

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Computer switch tied to delays for some Mississippi car tags

Some Mississippi drivers say they are frustrated by delays in getting license plates. Lee County resident Norma Kolarik told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that she and her husband bought a car in May in Alcorn County. She said they couldn’t get a tag until September, and even then it took help from a state lawmaker. “The citizens of Mississippi ...

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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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