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It's one more time in Harrisburg for turning Philadelphia International Airport into a regional operation. Only this time, it's with Democrats.
State Sen. Vincent Fumo is close to introducing legislation where the city would sell the massive facility to a yet-to-be-created regional governmental authority, according to city and state officials. Mayor Edward G. Rendell backs the concept. USAir, the airline that uses the airport the most, also supports the move.
Other bills for the idea had been introduced by suburban Republican senators in recent years, including a bill by Joseph F. Loeper of Delaware County. Fumo's version is the first since the state Senate's switch to Democratic control. The South Philadelphia Democrat is among the most prominent state legislators, and chairs the Senate appropriations committee.
Randy Albright, …