- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi’s two U.S. senators say 19 of the state’s airports will benefit from $20.3 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Airport Improvement Program grants include $13.8 million approved for runway work at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and nearly $4.6 million for noise abatement and other work at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker announced the grants Friday in a news release.

The grants will also support projects at19 facilities including Philadelphia Municipal Airport, Houston Municipal Airport, McCharen Field Airport in West Point, G.V. Montgomery Airport in Forest, Ackerman Choctaw County Airport in Ackerman, Hattiesburg Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport, Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport, Brookhaven-Lincoln County Airport, Louisville Winston County Airport and Winona-Montgomery County Airport.

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