Posts Tagged ‘dry’

Governor wants bill to force Corps to release water into river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is urging U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to sponsor legislation that would force the Army Corps of Engineers to release water from dams on the Missouri River to raise the water level on the Mississippi River, where drought conditions could soon halt barge traffic. Beshear, a Democrat, […] [...]

River not dropping as fast as expected, but concerns remain

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — A revised Mississippi River forecast is offering a bit of a reprieve for shippers, showing the water level isn’t dropping as quickly as feared. Still, at least two large barge companies already are reducing their loads over concerns about the river’s depth. Months of drought have left the Mississippi near historic low […] [...]

Isle points to Isaac, low river for quarterly loss

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. recorded a loss of $4.3 million during the quarter ended Oct. 28, compared to a loss of $1 million the same quarter last year. Net revenues for the quarter were $223.2 million, compared to $231.4 million the same quarter last year. Consolidated adjusted EBITDA decreased $3.2 […] [...]

Leaders hoping to meet with Corps over critically low river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Federal lawmakers from Mississippi River states hope their meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers addresses the waterway’s critically low levels, which threaten to bring barge traffic to a halt. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois will join colleagues from middle America during a meeting today in Washington with Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen […] [...]

More officials voice concern over Corps’ plan for reservoir

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri are joining the chorus expressing concern over the Army Corps of Engineers plan to reduce flow from an Missouri River reservoir, potentially affecting shipping on the Mississippi River. The Corps has said that around Nov. 23 it will reduce the flow at […] [...]

State’s hay producers see increased yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s hay producers increased acreage and yields this season in spite of variable rainfall across the state. “Hay production systems in the central part of the state had a really good season,” said Rocky Lemus, Mississippi State University Extension Service forage specialist. “We’ve been blessed with quite a bit of rain in […] [...]

Dredger leaves Greenville for last emergency project

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bringing in a contract dredge from Greenville to work at the Port of Vicksburg by next week. Corps officials tell the Vicksburg Post the Dredge Iowa is, owned by Illinois-based Great Lakes Barge Dredge and Dock Company. Corps spokesman Kavanaugh Breazeale says the dredge was to […] [...]

State’s grain sorghum crop may beat forecast

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Timely rains followed by sunny days provided optimal growing conditions for Mississippi’s grain sorghum crop, and yields may be higher than anticipated. Mississippi producers planted about 63,000 acres in grain sorghum in 2012, up from 50,000 acres in 2011. The state ranked No. 8 nationally in grain sorghum production in 2011. Erick […] [...]

River shipping resumes after emergency repairs to lock

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Shipping resumed today through one of the Mississippi River’s busiest locks after crews completed emergency repairs that took days and that stranded hundreds of barges destined for points north or south. By the time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened Lock 27 at Granite City, Ill., just north of St. Louis, […] [...]

Three more drought-ridden counties eligible for assistance

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration reports federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Alcorn, Benton and Tippah counties as a result of the drought and excessive heat. Under this declaration, the […] [...]

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