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MDOT pushes for highway fund action

JACKSON — According to executive director Larry L. “Butch” Brown, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be affected tremendously if Congress fails to act on the highway transportation fund. As time continues to tick away, only a few days remain in the current five-year surface transportation authorization measure known as SAFETEA-LU. This authorization will expire Sept. 30, 2009. The ...

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Senators oppose lock usage fee

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran and Sen. Roger Wicker, both R-Miss., have reiterated their opposition to a proposed lock usage fee sought by the Obama Administration to raise revenue for the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. The Mississippi senators are among a bipartisan group of 20 senators who object to the proposed fee and who issued letters to the leadership of ...

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Airline employment continues to plummet

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 5.9 percent fewer workers in July 2009 than in July 2008, the 13th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports. According to the BTS, the July FTE total of 386,900 ...

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EDA releases funds for railroad project

HORN LAKE — U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has announced a $1.1-million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the City of Horn Lake to build a railroad spur to serve a foods manufacturing business and to help attract other commercial interests to the region. The project is expected to create or save 320 jobs and generate $1.3 million in private ...

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U.S. 98 to see improvements

LAMAR COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin a comprehensive project involving six miles of U.S. 98 West in Lamar County. The $ 7.5-million project, which was awarded to Dunn Roadbuilders, of Laurel, involves work to resurface all lanes and pave the shoulders of the roadway starting at Weathersby Road and continuing west to Highway 589. ...

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Airlines' operating margins improve

The network, low-cost and regional airline groups all reported improved operating margins in the second quarter of 2009, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports. According to the BTS, network carriers as a group posted their smallest operating margin loss for any quarter since Sept. 2007 while the low-cost and regional groups reported profit margins. The low-cost group’s profit margin ...

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Senate passes funding bills

WASHINGTON — The Senate has approved an appropriations bill containing $500,000 requested by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., for the Pascagoula beach park promenade. The funding was contained in the FY 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill, which passed yesterday by a vote of 73-25. Wicker noted that before the bill can be signed into law, the measure must ...

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Norfolk Southern thanks supporters

Norfolk Southern is commending its partners in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee for their leadership in supporting the Crescent Corridor program to increase rail freight transportation capacity and improve mobility and the environment. “On behalf of Norfolk Southern, I thank our partners for their farsighted support of the Crescent Corridor,” said CEO Wick Moorman. “The Crescent Corridor is a ...

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Eagle Capital, sister companies expanding

TUPELO — Eagle Capital Corporation, along with its four sister companies Vector Transportation, Timberlake Foods, Southern Belle Refrigerated and Heritage Memorial Funding, recently announced the opening of a new corporate headquarters and an expansion of its operations in Tupelo. The five companies currently employ approximately 85 people; the expansion of the companies will result in approximately 35 new jobs. 
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MDOT installing ITS on U.S. 49

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin an Intelligent Technology Systems (ITS) project to install fiber optic cables along U.S. 49 from Hardy Street in Hattiesburg south to Elks Lake Road. ITS combines computer and communications technology with real-time traffic management and information coordination. Webster Electric Company of Meridian was awarded the $800,000 project, which will ...

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