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Jackson airport board vows to continue fighting takeover

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By NASSIM BENCHAABANE
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The board of Jackson's city-run airport says it will go as far as necessary to fight a bill that would give suburbs and the state some control over the airport.

City officials currently name all five board members. Senate Bill 2162 would create a nine-member regional board, with only two members appointed by city officials. Gov. Phil Bryant and others would appoint the remaining seven.

If the Senate approves the bill, it goes to Bryant. The board says it will go to court if Bryant signs the bill.

Members of the Mississippi NAACP, Hinds County representatives and Jackson community joined the board Wednesday in the state Capitol to oppose the bill.

The group calls it a financially motivated power grab for an asset the black-majority city has owned for decades.

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