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Old River Trucks extends reach from Richland to Lake Charles

» Family-owned Volvo truck company acquires three Louisiana Mack dealerships By TED CARTER Richland-based Old River Trucks, one of Mississippi and the nation’s top selling Volvo tractor-trailer dealers and servicers, doubled its size June 1 with acquisition of a trio of Mack truck dealerships in south Louisiana. Company founder Lee White says he saw acquisition of the Mack dealerships in New ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Train to New Orleans: a travelogue with a bit of news

ON THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS – This is a story of contrasts, from a very low-cost train ride to dining on the best cuisine we’ve ever tasted. Not to mention the latest and cheapest personal city transportation mode with a funny-sounding name, Uber. The Amtrak station’s waiting room in Jackson is a red-brick redo with ancient blond benches wearing brass boots. ...

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Jackson Evers gets mixed news on bond ratings

  By TED CARTER The debt rating for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority got a “negative” outlook from Moody’s Investment Services last week but avoided a downgrade from Fitch Ratings Service. The plus for the Airport Authority’s debt of approximately $39 million is a BBB+ maintained by Fitch. That rating came with a downgrade from A- in spring 2014 on ...

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Senate earmarks $250M to dredge ‘strategic’ ports, including Port of Gulfport

Legislation that would allocate $250 million to fund  deep-draft harbor and channel dredging for commercial ports such as the Port of Gulfport that have been designated as “strategic” to national security won Senate approval Thursday. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi said the money will help the Port of Gulfport prepare to fulfill its role as one of 17 commercial ...

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Yarber in fighting mood as Bryant signs Jackson-Evers takeover

Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing Wednesday of a bill giving control of Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field to the state led Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber to pledge a constitutional challenge of the takeover. Yarber said in an emailed statement that he will “stand up for the city’s residents when it comes to unconstitutional measures.” The bill shifts policy making ...

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ALAN TURNER — The high cost of poor transportation

From a business perspective, Mississippi has much to recommend. We have a real advantage in terms of our location on the Gulf Coast, and we’re strategically positioned to serve not only the Deep South, but the Midwest and Southwest as well. We have some of the richest agricultural land in the world, along with great timber resources. Unlike other states ...

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Battle over Jackson airport takeover goes to federal court

A former commissioner of the Jackson airport is suing the state over a law that would give suburbs and the state some control over the airport. Jeffrey Stallworth of Jackson filed suit in federal court April 6 against Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Legislature and the Department of Transportation. Stallworth says in the lawsuit that he owns 100 acres of ...

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Agency celebrates 100th year

March 29 marked the start of the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s second century of service to the people of the state. MDOT is celebrating this milestone throughout the year. On the centennial anniversary, a time capsule was sealed by the Mississippi Transportation Commission commemorating 100 years of service. It will be housed in the lobby of the MDOT Administration Building ...

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Work begins on second phase of long-delayed I-55 stretch between I-20 and Byram

By JACK WEATHERLY Work has begun on the second phase of the widening of Interstate 55 between I-20 and Byram. The Mississippi Department of Transportation projects the completion date in late summer 2018 – more than three and one-half years beyond the initial expected completion target. While the protracted undertaking has caused headaches for motorists, “six lanes will be a ...

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