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Gulfport-Biloxi International suspending flights; Coast casinos close

GULFPORT — The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is suspending all incoming and outgoing flights before noon today due to the approach of Isaac. The last flights are scheduled to depart at 11 a.m. today, says Clay Williams, airport executive director. He says the airport will probably close tomorrow, but flights are scheduled to resume Thursday. The airport is served by five ...

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Supervisors working on solutions to meet EPA air standards

HERNANDO — DeSoto County supervisors say they are working on solutions to meet federal ozone levels. In May, the Environmental Protection Agency included parts of DeSoto with Memphis, which has ozone emissions above allowable limits set by federal regulation. It includes urban areas of DeSoto County and Crittenden County, Ark., in the Memphis ozone “non-attainment” area. DeSoto County officials fear ...

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Fitch rates airport bonds 'A-' and awards stable outlook

JACKSON — Fitch Ratings has affirmed Jackson Municipal Airport Authority’s outstanding $42.1 million airport revenue and refunding bonds at “A-.” The Rating Outlook remains “stable.” Fitch wrote: “Traffic is currently similar to levels prior to Hurricane Katrina where the airport served evacuees and recovery efforts following declines over the past five consecutive years. Stability is expected, as noted by a ...

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Activist: Coast city's water, air, soil polluted by industrial plants

MOSS POINT — Past and present industrial plants have contaminated the Moss Point area’s water, soil and air with toxic chemicals, damaging people’s health, says chemist and environmental activist Wilma Subra. Three plants spewed more than 200 tons of chemicals into the air before they closed, including 193 tons from the International Paper-Moss Point Mill that closed in 2001, she ...

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County exploring legal avenues to overturn EPA air-quality decision

DESOTO COUNTY — DeSoto County has asked a law firm to explore the county’s chances of overturning a federal decision that groups it with Memphis and Crittenden County, Ark., on ozone levels. The board approved a retainer — up to $3,000 — for the law firm to do some “exploratory” study of the county’s case for reversal of the Environmental ...

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Three airports getting connection change from Memphis to Atlanta

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi cities that are losing their federally-subsidized air connections to Memphis will now be served through Atlanta. Silver Airways Corp. will provide 12 flights a week between Atlanta and Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport. The airline will fly 18 times a week from Atlanta to Tupelo, continuing on to Greenville. The communities had to seek new service when ...

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Supervisors hoping to land federal grant for airport improvements

PONTOTOC COUNTY — Pontotoc County supervisors are hoping for a federal grant to help make runway improvements at the county airport. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the decision came after an engineer told supervisors the runway needed resealing because the pavement was showing signs of age. The cost of the project is estimated at $254,000 with the county having ...

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Authority to showcase airport improvements at open house

MERIDIAN — The Meridian Airport Authority plans an open house tomorrow to highlight improvements at the local airport. The Meridian Star reports work included a new hangar at Dean Aircraft and renovations at Meridian Aviation and the airport terminal. Tomorrow’s event begins with a dedication ceremony at the terminal building. A display area will explain the renovation project along with ...

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Cochran again expresses 'serious misgivings' about EPA decision

DESOTO COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday again expressed his serious misgivings with an Environmental Protection Agency decision to place parts of DeSoto County under new air quality rules, cautioning that the designation could cast a pall on job creation. At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing to review the EPA’s FY2013 budget requests, Cochran addressed the EPA’s April 30 ...

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Federal lawmakers 'disappointed' in EPA's air quality decision

DESOTO COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), in addition to Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), have expressed their disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to list parts of DeSoto County as noncompliant for air quality standards. The EPA listed northern DeSoto County in its final designations for areas that do not meet 2008 air ...

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