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Air service to Orlando could be on the horizon

Direct service from Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport to Orlando could resume after Southwest Airlines’ departure  if airport officials receive a U.S. Department of Transportation grant they say they are confident of getting. The grant is the same one by which the airport gained service to New York City. The direct service to Orlando ceases with Monday’s departure of Southwest Airlines ...

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Vaya con Dios Southwest — last flight departed Jackson Saturday night

Southwest Airlines’ 7:05 p.m. Saturday flight to Houston’s Hobby International Airport brought to a close Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International’s 17-year relationship with the Dallas-based carrier.   The elimination also marks the airline’s first severing of service to a second-tier market serving a population of over 500,000 people. The only other two service closings occurred in Denver and Detroit, though in 1973 ...

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MDOT to shut down Coast interstate for repairs

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation will shut down Interstate 110 for several nights in June to finish work on the drawbridge. Interstate 110 is a north-to-south connector running from Interstate 10 to U.S. Highway 90 in Biloxi. Transportation officials say in a news release that the work to modernize the mechanical, electrical and interior components to the ...

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Survey finds seat belt usage declining as fatalities rise

JACKSON — New data from the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety shows the observed belt usage rate is at 74.4 percent. That’s compared to 83 percent in 2012, officials said yesterday in a news release. Fatalities also increased last year. In 2013, 613 people died from traffic accidents in Mississippi, a 5.3 percent increase from 2012. Public Safety Commissioner Albert ...

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Rail commission applies for grant to restore Coast passenger service

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Southern Rail Commission (SRC) has applied for a $1-million TIGER planning grant that would assess the feasibility of intermodal needs for restoring intercity passenger rail operations to a daily service along the Gulf Coast. These funds would be used to examine transportation gaps, determine the most advantageous station locations, capital needs, potential funding sources and ...

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FAA awards funding to airports for enhancements

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Federal Aviation Administration is giving 14 Mississippi airports a total of more than $4.8 million to improve safety and operations. Airports at Bay St. Louis, Belzoni, Belmont, Clarksdale, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, the Golden Triangle, Grenada, Houston, Lexington, Madison, Okolona and Starkville are getting the Airport Improvement Program grants. The largest is $1 million to Golden Triangle ...

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Motorists reminded to watch for cleanup workers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Relief efforts continue as the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) clears right-of-way areas affected by the recent tornadoes which hit several communities throughout the state. MDOT is reminding motorists to be aware of crews on the roadside during the recovery process and to use caution when traveling through areas where workers are present. “My deepest sympathy goes ...

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Report: State ranks 10th nationally in deficient bridges

WASHINGTON — Data from a new government report show that if all the structurally deficient bridges in the United States were placed end-to-end, it would take you 25 hours driving 60 miles per hour to cross them. An analysis of the 2013 National Bridge Inventory database released this month by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) shows cars, trucks and ...

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Silver Airways ordered to continue service

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered Silver Airways to remain in Meridian, Hattiesburg and Tupelo until a replacement airline is found. Transportation officials made a similar announcement last week for Greenville. It announced the order for the other three airports yesterday. Silver Airways began service to those airports in October 2012, following Delta Air Lines’ decision ...

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