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Driver dies and 7 children are injured as school bus crashes

WALNUT — A school bus driver is dead and seven children are injured as a school bus rolled over in northern Mississippi. The Mississippi Highway Patrol tells local news outlets that the driver died in the Tuesday morning incident, with the bus ending on its side in a ditch. Benton County school Superintendent Steve Bostick tells WMC-TV he believes the ...

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Chao announces grant to support Gulf Coast train project

Federal funding has been awarded to Mississippi to support the return of passenger rail service between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, the secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday. Mississippi is getting more than $21 million for infrastructure improvements, Elaine Chao said during the Coastal Region Transportation Summit in Biloxi. That includes a $4.3 million grant for the Southern ...

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All aboard! Amtrak route to New Orleans restored

A summer filled with train disruptions for New Orleans visitors has reached its end as Amtrak has restored full service on its Chicago-to-New Orleans line. The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports the line was restored Wednesday after months of terminating in Jackson, Mississippi. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway near New Orleans cut off service to ...

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Tupelo Regional Airport looks to update runway study

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • A 2016 study of the runway at Tupelo Regional Airport revealed some deficiencies, and to ensure that those deficiencies haven’t gotten worse, airport executive director Cliff Nash has asked the airport board to approve another study to be conducted. The cost of the study – at airport expense – is almost $90,000, and ...

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Flights out of Hong Kong canceled again amid protests

Protesters severely crippled operations at Hong Kong’s international airport for a second day Tuesday, forcing authorities to cancel all remaining flights out of the city after demonstrators took over the terminals as part of their push for democratic reforms. After a brief respite early Tuesday during which flights were able to take off and land, the airport authority announced check-in ...

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FedEx to invest additional $450 million to modernize hub

FedEx Corp. is investing an additional $450 million to improve operations at its busy hub in Memphis, Tennessee. The shipping giant’s announcement Friday at Memphis International Airport increases its investment toward modernizing its Memphis hub to about $1.5 billion. The company announced in March 2018 a $1.1 billion plan to build a sorting facility, install new systems and construct a ...

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Road project to four-lane connection between auto plants in Mississippi, Alabama

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal An 8.3-mile, four-lane divided arterial highway will help link the Toyota Mississippi plant in Blue Springs and the Toyota-Mazda plant under construction in Huntsville, Alabama. The $52.4 million project was announced by Mississippi’s two Republican U.S. Senators, Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, and GOP 1st District Congressman Trent Kelly. The U.S. Department of Transportation ...

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Report: No unusual sounds just before small plane crashed

A witness heard no unusual sounds from the engine of a small airplane just before the plane crashed onto a golf course this month in northern Mississippi. That’s according to a preliminary report issued Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The 18-year-old pilot, Lake Little of Starkville, died of injuries from the July 6 crash in Oxford. A fixed-base ...

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FAA to probe medical certification of pilot injured in crash

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether a Mississippi pilot injured in a crash had an expired medical certification. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the FAA requires pilots to have a valid medical license to fly, but 72-year-old pilot Walter J. Mitchell says he’s exempt because he flies recreationally. FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says all pilots must have valid medical certificates ...

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Potential tolls for Alabama highway project spark opposition

City officials in Mobile say they’re confident the state of Alabama will reduce toll amounts for the proposed Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project. The Alabama Department of Transportation is considering a $3 to $6 one-way toll to provide the money necessary to pay for the massive project. The plan under consideration would grant a discount to frequent ...

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