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State asks judge to dismiss suit over Jackson airport board

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to maintain the city of Jackson's control over the state's largest airport.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law in May to create a regional board, rather than a city-run board, for Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport.

A Jackson resident, the Rev. Jeffrey Stallworth, sued to try to block the change, and the suit is backed by the mayor, the city council and the airport board targeted for replacement.

A new board was supposed to take over July 1, but change was delayed because of the legal dispute.

In papers filed Tuesday, state attorneys argue Stallworth lacks the legal standing to sue. They also say the Legislature and the governor can't be sued for their official actions.

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