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Barge accident spills oil, closes stretch of Mississippi River

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Coast Guard says an oil tanker barge collided with another barge on the Mississippi River, spilling oil and leading officials to close a five-mile stretch of the river. Officials say the collision happened around 2 a.m. today about 50 miles upriver from New Orleans. The wreck tore a gash into the double-hulled tank of the ...

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Cochran questions river maintenance budget

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is seeking insight into how the Army Corps of Engineers will set priorities for maintaining Mississippi river shipping lanes and harbors in light of reduced federal funding. Cochran serves on the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee that conducted a hearing April 13 on the FY2012 budget requests for the Army ...

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Final work on I-110 drawbridge to get underway

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin the final phase of the rehabilitation project to repair the Walter L. Nixon Sr. Interstate 110 drawbridge. Work on the $4.1-million project, which was awarded to Boh Brothers Construction Company, LLC., began earlier this year. Beginning April 18, traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction ...

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Legislators: Corps' dredging policy hurting river commerce

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — American merchandise and farm products intended for export via the Mississippi River are being hampered due to a lack of dredging activity on lower reaches of the river, U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) asserted in a letter sent April 1 to President Obama. Cochran and Wicker signed a letter drafted by Senators David Vitter ...

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Corps looking to widen bayou

JACKSON COUNTY — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has launched an environmental study of widening Bayou Casotte in Jackson County. John Crane, project manager with the corps, said Feb. 25 that work on the environmental impact statement could take from 18 to 36 months. The Mississippi Press reports the study will examine widening the channel by 50 to 150 ...

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