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Patrick Sullivan participates in the Energy Session at MEDC’s Winter Conference

Patrick Sullivan, president of the Mississippi Energy Institute, recently participated in the Energy Session at the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s 2014 Winter Conference. Sullivan briefly shared findings from a recent MEI-funded study conducted by Dr. David Dismukes, an economist with the Acadian Consulting Group of Baton Rouge, La., that identified and highlighted specific industrial and workforce opportunities based on the ...

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River mayors press on despite Farm Bill failure in House

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Leaders of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), a mayoral-led effort to create a coordinated voice for the Mississippi River, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, have signed a memorandum of common purpose (MOCP) in support of meeting today’s challenges facing the Mississippi River as well as the collaborative actions needed ...

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Corps releasing water from lake to raise falling river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Amid strong concerns about the declining level of the already low Mississippi River, the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from an Illinois lake to add to the flow of the Mississippi. Last Saturday, Corps of Engineers officials began releasing water at Carlyle Lake in southern Illinois, saying the additional water will provide the depth needed ...

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Towboats still creeping through trouble spot on Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Shipping is being allowed to move slowly through a stretch of the Mississippi River near Greenville that has been a trouble spot as low water caused by drought exposes sand and mud bars. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said today barges are being allowed to proceed south with northbound traffic expected to move later. He said ...

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Corps official on dropping Mississippi: 'Worst is ahead of us'

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Low water levels that are restricting shipping traffic, forcing harbor closures and causing barges to run aground on the economically vital Mississippi River are expected to continue into October, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say. Meanwhile, more than 100 tow boats and barges remain backed up near Greenville due to the low river. The U.S. Coast ...

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Low water shuts down Mississippi River; nearly 100 boats idled

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage yesterday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. New Orleans-based Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets said the stretch of river near Greenville has been closed intermittently since Aug. 11, when a vessel ran ...

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Service Specialist wins museum contract from Corps

VICKSBURG and RIDGELAND — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, has awarded a contract to Service Specialist of Ridgeland for the operation and maintenance of the Lower Mississippi River Museum and Riverfront Interpretive Site (LMRM). The amount of the yearly contract is $305,000 and will provide staff, interpretive services, general maintenance and landscaping of the building, boat and ...

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Tenn-Tom signs trade pact with Panama Canal

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Officials have signed an international pact to link the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway with goods shipped through an expanded Panama Canal. The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Panama Canal Authority. The parties to the pact agree to joint marketing, information sharing and technology exchanges to promote the inland waterway. A similar two-year ...

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Gov't extends deadline for clunkers paperwork

WASHINGTON — Car dealers will have a bit more time to get reimbursed for their Cash for Clunkers deals after the government extended the deadline for filing applications for the $3 billion government incentives into Tuesday evening. All sales under the program ended Monday evening. But after already pushing back the deadline to submit records for the car rebate deals to ...

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