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Scientist stumbles on to sweet deal for Coast Guard boats

VICKSBURG — A fleet of seven new vessels has arrived at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, providing an upgraded capability for fresh and salt water studies by the facility’s scientists and engineers. Led by the efforts of William Butler, a physical scientist in ERDC’s Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, the boats were transferred from the ...

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Forecasters predict higher, later river crest at Vicksburg

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River is now predicted to crest Friday at 44 feet in Vicksburg. The forecast is a foot higher and a day later than predicted last week. Forecasters tell the Vicksburg Post the updated projection is based on rainfall amounts in areas near tributaries that feed the Lower Mississippi. The river was 43.4 feet at Vicksburg ...

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Senator introduces amendments in wake of La. levee flak

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has introduced a series of amendments intended to ensure the safety of Mississippians from flooding or storm surge threats that might result from a new flood control proposal for Louisiana. To various degrees, the three Cochran amendments to the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (S.601 or WRDA) would force the Army ...

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Attorneys for lab owner to ask for dismissal of charges

WATER VALLEY — A hearing is scheduled today on a motion to dismiss the charges against a laboratory owner charged with faking wastewater samples she was hired to test for a company in Mississippi. Tennie White, who owns Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc., was indicted Nov. 7 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The indictment says Borg Warner Emissions Systems ...

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Lab accused of falsifying testing results to Corp, Stennis

DIAMONDHEAD — Authorities have accused a company of making false statements about concrete tests it was hired to do for NASA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Gulf Cities Testing Laboratories LLC, based in Diamondhead was charged in a criminal information in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. A criminal information often means ...

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Corps repairing beach damaged by Hurricane Isaac

PASCAGOULA — The Army Corps of Engineers is working to repair the sand beach along the west end of Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula. The Sun Herald reports the corps built the beach after Hurricane Katrina and installed wind fencing and plantings to promote dune growth. Dunes help prevent sand from blowing onto the road and yards. Hurricane Isaac damaged the ...

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Officials watching river walls during rainy weather

VICKSBURG — Two concrete walls blasted into the Mississippi River bank below the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge are passing a tough test during a rainy start to 2013, bridge officials said, as the latest study on the Interstate 20 bridge shows piers moved at the same pace last year as its older neighbor. In October, barriers 18 feet high ...

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Mat Sinking Unit docks after long, extended season

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District’s (Corps) Mat Sinking Unit (MSU), has completed an extended mat-sinking season. This revetment season included a larger than normal program with critical repairs being made to sites damaged as a result of the 2011 historic flood. During this longer, eight-month, revetment season, the MSU placed 442,786 squares covering approximately 1,018 ...

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Shippers tip hat to Corps for keeping river open

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Barge operators are crediting the hustle by stewards of the Mississippi River for averting a potentially crippling shutdown of the vital commerce artery. Shippers say the Army Corps of Engineers has done all it can to keep the river open. Those efforts include ongoing work to rid a stretch of the river south of St. Louis of ...

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Removal of rock pinnacles in dropping river progressing slowly

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Crews scooping out Mississippi River bedrock in southern Illinois are making steady progress but have removed just a fraction of the rock pinnacles that are impeding navigation along a stretch of the drought-plagued waterway, an Army Corps of Engineers official said. Excavating machinery had chiseled away 39 cubic yards of rock by Tuesday morning, less than 5 ...

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