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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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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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Mississippi House leaders mull sales tax increase for roads

Mississippi legislative leaders could propose raising most sales taxes from 7 percent to 9 percent in a plan to increase road and bridge funding. It would remove most or all grocery sales taxes. House Transportation Committee Chairman Charles Busby says he’s considering a sales tax increase but wouldn’t provide further details. He could introduce a bill Thursday. Senate Transportation Committee ...

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