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State port’s Katrina relief jobs costly, slow to materialize

GULFPORT — The federal government is giving the state of Mississippi more time to create jobs promised in exchange for more than $566 million in Hurricane Katrina-relief funds. The state Port at Gulfport has used the federal money to restore and expand its West Pier, a project that will not be completed before late 2016 or possibly early 2017, port ...

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Jackson County to replace bridge in Gautier

GAUTIER — Jackson County will spend about $2 million to replace one of Gautier’s oldest bridges. Supervisor Mike Mangum told WLOX-TV in Biloxi  the LaMotte Bayou Bridge received failing grade last year from the state. “This bridge has a lot of years on it, but it has a lot of steel structure underneath it that has deteriorated because of the ...

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Chris Emerson to lead Airbus

Chris Emerson, a veteran Airbus Group executive, has been appointed President and Chief Executive of Airbus Helicopters Inc., effective June 1.  Emerson will also serve as head of Airbus Helicopters North America Region, which includes oversight of both the U.S. subsidiary and Airbus Helicopters Canada. The company’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas, with a manufacturing and ...

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35 Mississippi airports will split $10M in federal grants

JACKSON — The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding more than $10 million in grants that will be divided among 35 Mississippi airports. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said the grants will pay for project to make airports safer and more efficient, such as runway rehabilitation, new lights and new signs. Money is coming from the Airport and ...

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Boeing picks MSU for Composite Research Center

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University and the Boeing Co. have announced the school will be the host for a research center that will lead development on composites the company will eventually use to build its aircraft. The Stitched Resin Infused Composite Research Center will be located at the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory. The University of Southern Mississippi will serve as ...

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Barges long gone, goods moving on Yazoo River decline

GREENWOOD — During the heyday of Greenwood’s cotton markets, paddle-wheel boats carried bales of cotton and other export commodities down the Yazoo River to Vicksburg and on to New Orleans. It’s now been decades since barges worked the upper reaches of the Yazoo River to pick up shipments from Greenwood. Moving grain, fertilizer or other products by boat could dramatically ...

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Wicker says Amtrak stop coming to Marks

MARKS — Railroad and Mississippi officials say Amtrak will establish a permanent stop in Marks in the heart of the Delta. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., says in a news release Friday that the decision was reached after talks among Amtrak, the Canadian National Railway and local and state officials. No opening date for the stop has been announced. Wicker ...

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NTSB: Pilot reported problem before fatal crash into freeway

ATLANTA — Seconds before slamming into a metro Atlanta freeway, a pilot radioed air traffic controllers to say he was struggling to gain altitude, authorities said. The pilot’s last radio transmissions before the fiery crash that killed all four people aboard came about two minutes after departure from DeKalb Peachtree Airport shortly after 10 a.m. on May 8, according to ...

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Air Vac moving to Greenville airport

GREENVILLE — Air Evac Lifeteam will soon be starting emergency flights from Delta Regional Medical Center. The O’Fallon, Missouri-based company is building a hangar at the hospital. Lee Williams, the company’s program director for the Greenville base, tells the Delta Democrat-Times that the move will mean faster service for many trauma patients who must be taken to the University of ...

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