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Senators: Bill would reverse veto of Mississippi Delta pumps

Aug. 1, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker are introducing a bill they say would overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2008 veto of a pumping station that could relieve flooding in parts of the Mississippi Delta. The Mississippi Republicans said Wednesday that the...

Mississippi PSC candidates hate robocalls, but then differ

Jul. 31, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

The 10 candidates running for Democratic and Republican nominations for the Public Service Commission agree the utility regulator should do more to crack down on robocalls and telemarketers. Beyond that, their priorities diverge. They're competing to replace current central district Commissioner Cecil Brown, a...

US officials say key rail safety technology 90% complete

Jul. 31, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The railroad industry has installed safety technology on nearly 90% of tracks where it is required, federal officials said Wednesday, but "significant work" is needed to ensure the technology is completely installed by a December 2020 deadline. Federal Railroad Administration chief Ronald...

Republicans face tough vote on budget bill Trump supports

Jul. 31, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hard-won, warts-and-all budget pact between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump is facing a key vote in the GOP-held Senate, with many conservatives torn between supporting the president and risking their political brand with an unpopular vote to add $2 trillion or...

Engine test for Space Launch System to be in Mississippi

Jul. 25, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — NASA says it will conduct the "Green Run" rocket testing campaign for the new Space Launch System rocket at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith welcomed Thursday's announcement by NASA's administrator, Jim Bridenstine. Officials say when...

Senate committee approves FAA nominee over Dem objections

Jul. 10, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Federal Aviation Administration won approval from a Senate committee Wednesday despite objections from Democrats who questioned the actions of the former Delta Air Lines executive in a case involving a pilot who raised safety issues. The Commerce, Science and...

$13.4M in federal grants awarded to 8 Mississippi airports

Jul. 10, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More federal grants have been announced for Mississippi airports. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith say the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding $13.4 million to eight Mississippi airports. Hawkins Field in Jackson is getting more than $5 million to rehabilitate a...

Nominee to lead FAA faces questions about tenure at Delta

Jul. 6, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into whether Delta Air Lines violated FAA rules about promoting safety at a time when President Donald Trump's pick to lead the agency was in charge of Delta's flight operations. The FAA investigation grew out of allegations by a Delta pilot that the airline...

Senators: 18 Mississippi airports receiving federal money

Jun. 25, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Eighteen airports in Mississippi will receive federal money to make improvements, including rehabilitation of some runways. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith on Monday announced $4.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The single largest grant is...