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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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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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