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Analysis: Road money session waits on lieutenant governor

JEFF AMY A special session to seek more money for Mississippi’s roads and bridges could be drawing near. But nothing is likely to happen without Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ agreement, and many observers aren’t sure what he wants. Gov. Phil Bryant has been facilitating talks among himself and fellow Republicans Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn, seeking an agreement. “Any ...

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Mississippi’s Grenada Railroad now owned by Florida company

A Mississippi railroad is changing hands. International Rail Partners said Tuesday that it bought rights to the Grenada Railroad from Iowa Pacific Holdings last week. The Boca Raton, Florida, acquirer didn’t name a price. The new owner is leasing and can eventually buy the 180-mile (290-kilometer) railroad from Southaven to Canton. It’s now owned by the North Central Mississippi Regional ...

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Jo Beth Dodds interning with MDOT

The Mississippi Transportation Commission has selected Jo Beth Dodds of Starkville as the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Public Affairs Intern for the summer semester. Dodds is a student at Mississippi State University in Starkville where she is pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in religion. This past semester, she was inducted ...

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MDOT recognizes employees for their service

The Mississippi Transportation Commission and the Mississippi Department of Transportation recently recognized District 3 employees with five-, 10-, 15-, 20-, 25- and 30-year service awards at the Yazoo City District Office. Honorees, by county, are: Bolivar County: Indira Black; Washington County: Steele Davis, Steven King, Sylvester Davis, Robert Cosey; Humphreys County: Eric Hill, Floyd Merritt; Holmes County: Lester Young; Sharkey ...

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Reeves, transport director differ over highway communication

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that a state agency director is backing off of accusations that Reeves and his staff used political pressure to push a highway project near his home. However, a letter from Department of Transportation director Melinda McGrath said Reeves’ staff took the “highly unusual step” of communicating directly with utility providers about the project. ...

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MDOT employees named officers of Mississippi Engineering Society

Several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) employees were recently installed as officers of the Mississippi Engineering Society (MES). Gabe Faggard, District 6, was installed as the MES State President during the Mississippi/Alabama Engineering Society luncheon held June 11 at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. Jessica Dilley, District 5, and Brent Quick, District 6, were also installed as MES officers. Since ...

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Reeves says he’s not to blame for planned road near his home

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he did not pressure the Mississippi Department of Transportation to build a $2 million road near his gated neighborhood. Reeves said Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, who is also an elected Republican, pushed for the proposed frontage road. The short segment would run next to Mississippi Highway 25, also known as Lakeland ...

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Mobile council asks Alabama governor for Amtrak money

Members of the Mobile City Council are asking Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to approve funding to help restart passenger train service between New Orleans and the port city. WALA-TV reports members sent Ivey a letter Wednesday saying renewed Amtrak service would help increase tourism and economic development in Mobile. The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment. ...

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Bus system to hit the streets of Tupelo

A bus system will be hitting the streets of a city in northeast Mississippi in September.The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Tupelo City Council authorized spending approximately $209,000 to fund a 13-month public transportation pilot program within the city with a 4-3 vote Tuesday. Northeast Mississippi Community Services will directly manage the program using its own buses and vans. It has ...

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Taxpayer costs adding up in legal fight over Jackson airport

Lawyers have billed taxpayers more than $400,000 so far in a power struggle over control of the airport in Mississippi’s largest city. The federal court fight is an extension of a bitter legislative debate. People who say Jackson should maintain control of the airport have accused white suburban Republicans of unlawfully trying to steal an asset controlled by Democratic officials ...

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