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Airlines' performance improves

The nation’s largest airlines had a rate of on-time flights this past July that was higher than both the same month last year and the mark posted in June 2009, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). According to information filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the 19 carriers reporting ...

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Dreaded 'S Curve' finally straightened

LAUREL — Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown announced that a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the completion of the reconstruction of the I-59 “S” Curve in Laurel has been set for Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. A ceremony dedicating the I-59 bridge between Beacon Street and Fourth Avenue in memory of David R. Brown, original project engineer on the “S” Curve project, will ...

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PSC yanks certificates from 53 telecoms

JACKSON — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley (D-Nettleton) announced that the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) has unanimously revoked the certificates of 53 telecommunications companies to do business in Mississippi due to their failure to provide the PSC with an annual report detailing their business activities in the state. Presley said not only the PSC, but also the ...

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MDOT honored for Katrina recovery efforts

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) received a pair of prestigious awards at a recent transportation engineering conference held in San Antonio, Texas. MDOT was honored with the Transportation Achievement Award for Operations, and the M&O/ITS Council Achievement Award for an Agency at the 2009 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Annual Meeting and Exhibit. Michael Stokes, ITS program ...

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More West Nile virus cases identified

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports three additional human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2009, bringing the state’s total to 29 with two deaths. The new cases are in Leflore, Neshoba and Rankin counties. The MSDH reports both confirmed and probable cases to the public. Since July 2009, WNV cases have been reported ...

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Range to replace Favre at MDES

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has announced the appointment of Les Range as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES). Range, who has served as MDES’ deputy executive director and chief operating officer since 2006, will replace Tommye Dale Favre, who is retiring at the end of September. “Tommye Dale’s tenure has been marked by tremendous improvements ...

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Verizon tops ranking for call quality

TUPELO — Verizon Wireless has been recognized for the “Highest Call Quality Performance Among Wireless Cell Phone Users in the Southeast,” which includes Mississippi, in the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Wireless Call Quality Performance Study(SM), Volume 2. The J.D. Power and Associates study measures call quality among the major U.S. wireless service providers based on seven problem areas that ...

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OfficeMax recalls defective chairs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with OfficeMax Inc., has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 216,000 OfficeMax task chairs. According to the CPSC, the back and the base post of the Chinese-made chairs can break while in use, posing a fall hazard to consumers. OfficeMax has received about 35 reports of the chair backs or posts ...

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Treasury reports on stimulus activity

WASHINGTON — As part of an effort to highlight the success of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) in revitalizing communities across the country, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has released a report providing data on Treasury program funding. The report, issued around the 200-day anniversary of the Recovery Act, details funds provided to states, local communities, ...

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Trust to release list of endangered places

JACKSON — On Sept. 10, the Mississippi Heritage Trust (MHT) will reveal its “10 Most Endangered Historic Places” list for 2009, shining a spotlight on historic places that are in danger of disappearing forever. The event will take place from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Union Train Station in downtown Jackson. Tickets, which are $50 per person in ...

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