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Bill heading to governor would expand Jackson airport board

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A bill to expand the board of Mississippi’s largest airport is headed to Gov. Phil Bryant. The state Senate voted 31-15 Thursday to pass the final version of Senate Bill 2162. It would replace a five-member board with a nine-member board to oversee Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. » READ MORE MBJ coverage of the airport bill … Jackson Mayor Tony ...

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With land ready for market, Jackson-Evers CEO looks to do deals

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By TED CARTER If you’re in the flying business, whether from the air or ground, Carl Newman wants to talk to you. He has lots of land to lease and soon will have roads that can reach it. “We’ll be primarily focused on aeronautical,” said Newman, a veteran airport operations executive who since becoming CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority ...

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Parkway extension sets stage for airport land leasing

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By TED CARTER A ceremonial highway groundbreaking that got rained out last week represented the start of a new era for Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport’s long-held vision to develop hundreds of acres the airport owns between Lakeland Drive and Old Brandon Road. While the rainout may mean the first turning of dirt for the second phase of the East Metro ...

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Airport Authority prepping for court fight on airport control

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By TED CARTER  The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority has hired Phelps Dunbar lawyer Fred Banks Jr. to handle litigation that could arise over a possible state takeover of governance of Jackson’s airports. Banks would not confirm the hiring. However, Airport Authority board minutes show members enlisted the help of Banks well before Sen. Josh Harkins of Flowood introduced his bill ...

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Late attorney Doar was trusted advocate for racial equality

JACKSON — U.S. Justice Department attorney John Doar earned respect among Mississippi civil-rights activists in the 1960s as a trusted advocate who was committed to the ideals of racial equality. Doar was 92 when he died of congestive heart failure Nov. 11 in New York. Activists in Mississippi, including Flonzie Brown-Wright of Jackson, believe it’s important to remember his legacy. ...

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Rust College being honored with marker on Freedom Trail

HOLLY SPRINGS — The role of Rust College students during the Civil Rights era will be commemorated with a marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail tomorrow. The unveiling will take place at 4 p.m. on Rust Avenue, across from the main entrance to the Rust College campus. The public is encouraged to attend. The Mississippi Freedom Trail was launched in ...

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ALAN TURNER: Farewell to the orange and blue of Southwest Airlines

As we reported previously, Southwest Airlines has left Jackson for greener pastures. Most of us in Jackson are probably sorry to see those orange and blue planes fly away and not return, because it’s bound to limit our travel options, potentially increase costs, and generally take away some measure of convenience.  A great airport is essential to the growth and ...

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WaPo obituary hails hero of Emmett Till trial

Willie Reed did not know Emmett Till, the young black man whose murder in the Mississippi Delta became one of the most infamous lynchings in the history of the Jim Crow South. Mr. Reed saw him only once — on Aug. 28, 1955, during the last hours of Till’s life — in the back of a green and white Chevrolet ...

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WaPo: At 80, Myrlie Evers-Williams unhaunted by Mississippi ghosts

OXFORD, Mississippi — Myrlie Evers-Williams moves gingerly about the crowd, slowed by her 80-year-old knees. The University of Mississippi chancellor, who has invited her to speak at commencement exercises, takes her hand to lead her down a flight of stairs. Students, black and white, ask to pose for a photo with her as she makes her way to the stage. ...

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