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Commercial air service returns to Tupelo April 5

TUPELO — City officials and Contour Airlines are giving travelers a sign that commercial air service will soon resume at Tupelo Regional Airport. WTVA-TV reports Contour flew one of its nine-passenger planes in Tuesday for the public to tour. It’s one of two that will be used when flights start April 5 to and from Nashville. Contour Airlines CEO Matt ...

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First Airbus jet made in US undergoes successful flight test

MOBILE, Ala. — European aircraft maker Airbus conducted the inaugural test flight on its first U.S.-made jetliner Monday, calling the exercise a success after the plane flew for hours over the Gulf of Mexico. The A321 passenger jet took off and landed at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, site of the company’s new plant near downtown Mobile, Alabama. The three-hour flight ...

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Legislators: Yarber has no grounds for quid-pro-quo claim on airport, sales tax bills

Legislators are baffled by Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber’s March 11 Facebook claim that a Senate bill to dedicate more sales tax money to Jackson has become leverage for passage of another Senate bill to transfer policy control for Jackson’s airports to a state-appointed board. Yarber’s office did not respond to requests made Friday, Monday and Tuesday for clarification on the ...

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Looking ahead 5 years, airport plan proposes terminal upgrade, new rental car center, hotel

By Ted Carter Terminal modernization, a consolidated car rental facility and hotel are among key capital projects the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority will pursue under a 5-year strategic plan adopted earlier this year. The plan, prepared with the help of Jacobsen/Daniels, a multi-state transportation consulting firm with an office in New Orleans, details strengths and weaknesses of Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers ...

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Engine test marks major milestone on NASA’s journey to Mars

NASA successfully tested the first deep space RS-25 rocket engine for 500 seconds March 10, clearing a major milestone toward the next great era of space exploration. The next time engine rocket engine No. 2059 fires for that length of time, it will be carrying humans on their first deep-space mission in more than 45 years. “What a great moment ...

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Airport Authority prepping for court fight on airport control

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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Transfer of policy making for airports wins Senate passage

By TED CARTER Transfer of control of Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field to a state-created board is headed for action in the Mississippi House of Representatives after winning Senate approval on a 29-18 vote March 3. The legislation, Senate Bill 2162, has not yet been assigned to a committee. The assigned committee “is going to be the clearest ...

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Compromise still possible on airport control legislation

By TED CARTER State Sen. John Horhn of Jackson’s unsuccessful amendments on the Senate floor last week could indicate what a compromise on governance of Jackson’s airports might look like. Some of the changes designed to make the legislation authored by Sen. Josh Harkins of Flowood more acceptable to opponents could be made in the House-Senate conference committee. A reverse repealer ...

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Lawsuits threatened as Senate passes bill for state to control Jackson’s airports

By TED CARTER Transfer of control of Jackson Medgar-Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field to a state-created board won approval from the Mississippi Senate late Thursday afternoon, but not before senators opposed to the transfer warned backers to expect years of litigation. Senators approved the governance transfer on a 29-18 vote, with Jackson’s Senate delegation among the dissenters. Much of ...

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2 taxi drivers suing Jackson, cite unfair regulations

Two taxicab drivers are suing the city of Jackson, claiming the city has imposed restrictive regulations on the taxi industry. The Mississippi Center for Public Policy announced Wednesday that taxicab drivers John Davis and Shad Denson have filed the lawsuit, claiming that the city’s regulation have prevented them from starting their own taxicab companies. Mississippi Center for Public Policy attorney ...

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