• In view of the enormous funds allocated for hurricane relief ($62 billion to date with more to come) and a mounting budget deficit, President Bush and legislators in both houses of Congress have been pushing programs that would reduce federal spending.
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Gordon Newstrom, founder of Mesaba Aviation, died in December. He was 93. An expert floatplane pilot, Newstrom in 1944 founded Mesaba Aviation, the predecessor to Mesaba Airlines.
The co-owners of Eaglejet Aviation have acquired the assets of Executive Jet FBO at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT). The new owners, Jamie Pegg and Andy Rusch, said they will continue to offer fuel sales, de-icing and aircraft parking and storage. The business is now operating under the Eaglejet name. The business officially changed hands January 1.
• Controlling earmarking, or “pork” amendments, and restraining lobbyists’ largesse continued to command the attention of lawmakers, and that led to a spate of committee hearings and bills to reduce public concern about lawmakers’ integrity.
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