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November 28, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. LOUIS - A group of U.S. senators will ask President Obama for an emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the drought-riddled Mississippi River, a spokesman for Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday. Senators from Mississippi River states are seeking an emergency directive that would increase the flow of water from an upper Missouri River dam and expedite removal of rock formations in the middle Mississippi River that impede barge traffic during periods of low water.
TRAVEL
March 27, 2011
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NEWS
August 27, 2012
GREENVILLE, MISS. - Another barge grounding near Greenville, Miss., has closed the Mississippi River to shipping. As of Sunday afternoon, 18 vessels were waiting to head north and 21 waited to head south. The river carries water from more than 40 percent of the United States. Widespread drought has starved it of rainwater, and the Army Corps of Engineers already had planned to close the river for 12 hours Monday for dredging near Baton Rouge, La. - Associated Press
SPORTS
October 8, 1990 | This feature was written by Don Grillet, Demonstration Teacher, Masterman School, School District of Philadelphia. The graphics were conceived by Don Grillet and executed by Daily News staff artist Bruny Roldan. The page was edited by Jerry Carrier of the Daily News
MINNESOTA QUIZ TIME 1. The Vikings play in Minneapolis, on the banks of the Mississippi River. Name the states of the following Mississippi River cities. a. Natchez ---------- e. Davenport ---------- b. Memphis ---------- f. Rock Island ---------- c. Cairo ---------- g. Dubuque ---------- d. St. Louis ---------- h. Quincy ---------- i. Winona ---------- 2. Minneapolis is separated from the city of St. Paul by the Mississippi River. Name the river(s)
NEWS
November 24, 2012 | By Jim Salter, Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the flow from a Missouri River reservoir, a move expected to worsen low-water conditions on the Mississippi River and potentially bring barge traffic to a halt within weeks. The Missouri flows into the Mississippi around a bend north of St. Louis. One result of this year's drought, the worst in decades, has been a big drop in water levels on both rivers. The corps announced this month that it would reduce the outflow from the Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, S.D., to protect the upper Missouri basin.
NEWS
April 21, 2013 | By Jim Suhr and Jim Salter, Associated Press
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - The fast-rising Mississippi River made travel difficult Saturday, on the water as well as for those simply trying to cross it. The Mississippi, Missouri, and other Midwestern rivers in at least six states have surged since heavy rains drenched the region over the last few days. At least two deaths were blamed on flash flooding and a third was suspected, and crews in Indiana were searching for a man whose car was swept away. The National Weather Service predicted what it characterized as major flooding on the Mississippi from the Quad Cities through just north of St. Louis by the weekend, with similar projections farther south into early in the week.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | Associated Press
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - Those fighting floods in several communities along the Mississippi River were mostly successful Sunday despite the onslaught of water, but an ominous forecast and the growing accumulation of snow in the upper Midwest tempered any feelings of victory. The surging Mississippi was at or near crest at several places from the Quad Cities south to near St. Louis - some reaching 10-12 feet above flood stage. Problems were plentiful: Hundreds of thousands of acres of swamped farmland as planting season approaches; three people died; roads and bridges closed, including sections of major highways like U.S. 61 in Iowa and Missouri and crossings at Quincy, Ill., and Louisiana, Mo. The Coast Guard said 114 barges broke loose near St. Louis on Saturday night, and four hit the Jefferson Barracks Bridge in St. Louis County.
NEWS
May 18, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard has interrupted shipping along the country's busiest inland waterway over fears that the bulging Mississippi River could strain levees that protect hundreds of thousands from flooding. Already, thousands have sought refuge from floodwaters up and down the river. The Coast Guard said it closed the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez, Miss., because barge traffic could increase pressure on the levees and because of fears that barges couldn't operate safely in the flooded river.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2012 | By Jim Suhr and Jim Salter, Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - Barge operators along a key stretch of the Mississippi River braced Monday for months of restricted shipping as crews prepared to begin blasting large rock formations impeding navigation on the drought-plagued waterway. Contractors could begin drilling holes into troublesome river bedrock south of St. Louis and detonating explosives as early as Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers said. Demolition of the massive formations near Thebes, Ill., coincides with an unusual move by the agency to release water from a southern Illinois lake, adding a few inches of depth to a river that is getting lower by the day - largely because of the lingering effects of the worst drought in decades.
NEWS
April 20, 2013
Ex-D.A. charged in 25-year jailing GEORGETOWN, Texas - A Texas judge ruled Friday that a former district attorney acted improperly when he prosecuted an innocent man who spent nearly 25 years in prison for his wife's slaying, and ordered his arrest on criminal contempt and tampering charges. Judge Louis Sturns, of Fort Worth, issued an arrest warrant for Ken Anderson for his handling of the case of Michael Morton. Anderson surrendered at the courthouse, where he now serves as an elected district court judge.
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December 19, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
COWBOYS OWNER Jerry Jones may have lost his mind. How else can you explain the comments he made on Dallas' 105.3 The Fan yesterday? Jones started to answer a question about whether he pays attention to what's happening with the Redskins, who are owned by his friend Dan Snyder. Before long, he had segued into his own little "Twilight Zone" episode. "Barry Switzer, our coach, used to tell the team, 'I'm your wagon master, we're back in the covered wagon days, we're going to California,' " Jones said.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | Associated Press
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - Those fighting floods in several communities along the Mississippi River were mostly successful Sunday despite the onslaught of water, but an ominous forecast and the growing accumulation of snow in the upper Midwest tempered any feelings of victory. The surging Mississippi was at or near crest at several places from the Quad Cities south to near St. Louis - some reaching 10-12 feet above flood stage. Problems were plentiful: Hundreds of thousands of acres of swamped farmland as planting season approaches; three people died; roads and bridges closed, including sections of major highways like U.S. 61 in Iowa and Missouri and crossings at Quincy, Ill., and Louisiana, Mo. The Coast Guard said 114 barges broke loose near St. Louis on Saturday night, and four hit the Jefferson Barracks Bridge in St. Louis County.
NEWS
April 21, 2013 | By Jim Suhr and Jim Salter, Associated Press
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - The fast-rising Mississippi River made travel difficult Saturday, on the water as well as for those simply trying to cross it. The Mississippi, Missouri, and other Midwestern rivers in at least six states have surged since heavy rains drenched the region over the last few days. At least two deaths were blamed on flash flooding and a third was suspected, and crews in Indiana were searching for a man whose car was swept away. The National Weather Service predicted what it characterized as major flooding on the Mississippi from the Quad Cities through just north of St. Louis by the weekend, with similar projections farther south into early in the week.
NEWS
April 20, 2013
Ex-D.A. charged in 25-year jailing GEORGETOWN, Texas - A Texas judge ruled Friday that a former district attorney acted improperly when he prosecuted an innocent man who spent nearly 25 years in prison for his wife's slaying, and ordered his arrest on criminal contempt and tampering charges. Judge Louis Sturns, of Fort Worth, issued an arrest warrant for Ken Anderson for his handling of the case of Michael Morton. Anderson surrendered at the courthouse, where he now serves as an elected district court judge.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
If you're going to write a concerto inspired by the majesty of the Mississippi River, one appropriate voice would have to be the deep, otherworldly tuba - so often heard in everyday orchestral life but rarely in solos. Or did the tuba idea come first and the river second? Whatever the motivation, Michael Daugherty's Reflections on the Mississippi was a charmer at its world premiere by Philadelphia Orchestra's Carol Jantsch and the Temple University Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, in the ensemble's annual Kimmel Center concert.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press
VICKSBURG, Miss. - Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spreading a sheen of light crude that kept part of the waterway shut to ship traffic Monday, authorities said. It remained unclear Monday morning how much oil had leaked into the river, according to the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers. Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Third Class Jonathan Lally said on Monday afternoon that oil was "still discharging, but it is slowly discharging.
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | THE WASHINGTON POST
ON A STRETCH of the Mississippi River, the U.S. Coast Guard has been reduced to playing traffic cop. For eight hours a day, shipping is allowed to move one way in the 180 miles of river between St. Louis, Mo., and Cairo, Ill., depending on the hour. For the other 16 hours, boats go nowhere, because the river is closed to traffic. The mighty Mississippi, parched by the historic summer drought, is on the verge of reaching a new low. That could mean that tugboats pushing barges loaded with billions of dollars worth of cargo - enough to fill half a million 18 wheelers - would not be able to make their way up and down the river.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2012 | By Jim Suhr and Jim Salter, Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - Barge operators along a key stretch of the Mississippi River braced Monday for months of restricted shipping as crews prepared to begin blasting large rock formations impeding navigation on the drought-plagued waterway. Contractors could begin drilling holes into troublesome river bedrock south of St. Louis and detonating explosives as early as Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers said. Demolition of the massive formations near Thebes, Ill., coincides with an unusual move by the agency to release water from a southern Illinois lake, adding a few inches of depth to a river that is getting lower by the day - largely because of the lingering effects of the worst drought in decades.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2012 | By Jim Suhr and Jim Salter, Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - After months of drought, companies that ship grain and other goods down the Mississippi River are being haunted by a potential nightmare: If water levels fall too low, the nation's main inland waterway could become impassable to barges just as the harvest is ready for market. Any closure of the river would upend the transport system that has carried American grain since before steamboats and Mark Twain. So shipping companies are scrambling to find alternative ways to move tons of corn, wheat, and other crops to the Gulf Coast for shipment overseas.
NEWS
November 28, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. LOUIS - A group of U.S. senators will ask President Obama for an emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the drought-riddled Mississippi River, a spokesman for Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday. Senators from Mississippi River states are seeking an emergency directive that would increase the flow of water from an upper Missouri River dam and expedite removal of rock formations in the middle Mississippi River that impede barge traffic during periods of low water.
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