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Parkway extension sets stage for airport land leasing

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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Cochran, Wicker: $4.5M for Mississippi airport improvements

Mississippi’s two U.S. senators say 19 airports in the state will benefit from more than $4.49 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, in a news release Thursday, said the grants will help Mississippi communities improve the safety and efficiency of their airports. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker says the airports ...

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House votes to change Jackson airport board

The Latest on a bill to change the composition of the Jackson airport board (all times local): 3:01 p.m. The Mississippi House has voted to expand the Jackson airport board by adding members who live outside the city. Republicans pushing the change say the airport should have a regional board to better represent the customer base it serves. » READ ...

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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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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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OUR VIEW — New governing board a must for Evers Airport

Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport is a sputtering economic-engine that has failed to  achieve its potential. Over the years, policy making has come from a narrow power corridor that starts at Jackson City and ends in the office suites at Jackson Evers, excluding a vast population the airport serves. An outdated governance model is to blame. Such a model has ...

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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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