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Paving coming to dirt road connecting 2 Mississippi highways

Residents near a college town in northern Mississippi have complained for years about a dirt road connecting two state highways. Now, improvements are scheduled to happen. The Starkville Daily News reports that Oktibbeha County supervisors on Monday approved a $2.2 million bid for work on Longview Road, with $1 million coming from the county and the rest from the state. ...

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Tupelo OKs public transit overhaul

Changes to the City of Tupelo’s public transportation system are on the horizon. City officials voted Tuesday to overhaul the system by eliminating the fixed route system and allowing all city residents to request a transportation bus to pick them up from their home instead. The city currently has two methods of travel within the public transit system. There are ...

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Alabama governor balks at Amtrak funding

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she needs more information before the state commits funding to help restore Amtrak train service. Her comments on Saturday came a day after the project to return passenger train service from New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama took a big step forward when officials announced a $33 million federal grant for needed improvements. Amtrak suspended service ...

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Natchez Trace Parkway taking action to decrease wrecks

Officials with scenic Natchez Trace Parkway are reminding motorists that the roadway is designed for leisurely drives and not interstate-style speeds. Chief Ranger Sarah Davis says in a news release that actions are being taken to decrease accidents on the roadway. She says rangers are being moved to areas where accident rates are highest, and more tickets are being written. ...

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Regional airline begins jet service from Tupelo airport

A regional airline has begun flying jets between a northeast Mississippi airport and Nashville, Tennessee. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Contour Airlines began jet service Monday from Tupelo Regional Airport. The new plane serving the airport is an Embraer ERJ-135, a twin-engine jet with 30 seats. It replaces a twin-engine turboprop with 19 seats. The airline will provide 18 ...

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Renovation will turn former library into public transit hub

A former library on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is being turned into a public transit center. WLOX-TV reports the transformation of the old Harrison County Library in Gulfport should be complete by January, before the Mississippi Aquarium opens next door. Coast Transit Authority executive director Kevin Coggin says the $9 million renovation got off to a slow start. Officials had ...

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Jackson receives $1M grant for bus route improvements

Mississippi’s capital city is receiving a $1 million federal grant to improve a bus line. The Federal Transit Administration announced grants Tuesday to several U.S. communities that are developing new mass transit systems, or expanding ones already in place. Jackson is receiving money to reshape development along a bus system running from the Fondren neighborhood through downtown and to Jackson ...

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Last US 72 segment in Mississippi gets 4 lanes

Mississippi officials have opened the final four-lane segment of U.S. 72, giving the route four lanes from the Tennessee state line to the Alabama state line. Norther District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert says the corridor will cut congestion, promote safety, and provide a better connection to the new Interstate 269. The 4.2-mile (7-kilometer) segment cost $29.4 million. It included adding ...

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