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Airport Authority prepping for court fight on airport control

By TED CARTER  The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority has hired Phelps Dunbar lawyer Fred Banks Jr. to handle litigation that could arise over a possible state takeover of governance of Jackson’s airports. Banks would not confirm the hiring. However, Airport Authority board minutes show members enlisted the help of Banks well before Sen. Josh Harkins of Flowood introduced his bill ...

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Transfer of policy making for airports wins Senate passage

By TED CARTER Transfer of control of Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field to a state-created board is headed for action in the Mississippi House of Representatives after winning Senate approval on a 29-18 vote March 3. The legislation, Senate Bill 2162, has not yet been assigned to a committee. The assigned committee “is going to be the clearest ...

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Compromise still possible on airport control legislation

By TED CARTER State Sen. John Horhn of Jackson’s unsuccessful amendments on the Senate floor last week could indicate what a compromise on governance of Jackson’s airports might look like. Some of the changes designed to make the legislation authored by Sen. Josh Harkins of Flowood more acceptable to opponents could be made in the House-Senate conference committee. A reverse repealer ...

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Lawsuits threatened as Senate passes bill for state to control Jackson’s airports

By TED CARTER Transfer of control of Jackson Medgar-Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field to a state-created board won approval from the Mississippi Senate late Thursday afternoon, but not before senators opposed to the transfer warned backers to expect years of litigation. Senators approved the governance transfer on a 29-18 vote, with Jackson’s Senate delegation among the dissenters. Much of ...

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2 taxi drivers suing Jackson, cite unfair regulations

Two taxicab drivers are suing the city of Jackson, claiming the city has imposed restrictive regulations on the taxi industry. The Mississippi Center for Public Policy announced Wednesday that taxicab drivers John Davis and Shad Denson have filed the lawsuit, claiming that the city’s regulation have prevented them from starting their own taxicab companies. Mississippi Center for Public Policy attorney ...

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MDOT engineer honored

Mississippi Department of Transportation State Research Engineer James Watkins was recently awarded with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 25-Year Award of Meritorious Service. The award is given to transportation employees having accrued 25 years of service with one or more AASHTO member departments and who have attained the grade of District Engineer, Assistant Central Office Division ...

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Airport offering 211 acres for development along East-West Corridor

By TED CARTER The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority is offering for lease 211 development-ready acres just east of  Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. The tract is east and west of the East Metro Corridor and spans the Dogwood Bridge to Old Brandon Road, the Airport Authority said in a press release announcing the leasing offer. The announcement emphasizes that the property ...

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Lawmakers consider tax increases for transportation repairs

JACKSON — House Transportation Committee Chairman Charles Busby says he’ll consider tax increases to raise money for the state’s transportation system. Transportation head Melinda McGrath told legislators Wednesday the department needs $526 million more to repair more than one-third of highways and more than one-fifth of bridges in the state. She said costs for the repairs will only increase as ...

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Amtrak test trip to be met with celebrations across Coast

GULFPORT — For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, a passenger train will make stops along the Coast. The Sun Heard reports Thursday’s run is a one-off trip to assess the CSX rails and the interest in restoring passenger rail service along the northern Gulf of Mexico and into central Florida. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says it’s a great ...

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Nissan releases details of new, half-ton, Canton-built TITAN pickup at Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO — Now that the all-new flagship XD model of Nissan’s reimagined TITAN family of pickups is on dealer lots, Nissan is turning its attention to the upcoming “standard” (half-ton) version of TITAN at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show with a special photography release. “There’s a strong family resemblance between TITAN XD and the standard TITAN, with their shared rugged exterior style,” ...

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