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Port commissioner resigns; term ran through 2015

GULFPORT — State port commissioner Frances Turnage has resigned from the five-member board. Commission president Jim Simpson tells the Sun Herald that Turnage emailed late Friday about her resignation. Simpson says she has retired from Mississippi Power and intends to relocate to be nearer her grandchildren. She will no longer be living in Harrison County. Simpson said he understands the ...

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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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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, made the request in a ...

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Crews to demolish rock pinnacles in bid to keep river open

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Crews might be allowed to begin destroying two rock pinnacles impeding barge traffic on the Mississippi River as early as next week, more than a month ahead of schedule, a senator said, cautioning that further steps may be needed to ensure the vital shipping route remains open. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and two river industry trade ...

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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 levels, a problem worsened last ...

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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 Darcy. At issue is the ...

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Senator may seek emergency declaration to keep barges moving

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri may seek a presidential emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the drought-riddled Mississippi River. The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the outflow from an upper Missouri River dam in South Dakota. That means less water coming down the Missouri and into the Mississippi River. ...

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Businesses asking for help as river approaches historic low

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Businesses that move products on the Mississippi River continue to seek the government’s help as the river approaches historic lows. The Army Corps of Engineers last Friday began reducing the outflow from an upper Missouri River reservoir to ease drought conditions in that part of the country. The move will reduce the amount of water flowing into ...

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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 Gavins Point Dam in South ...

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Corps to reduce flow from reservoir; could worsen low-water problem

MISSOURI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with plans to reduce the flow from an upper Missouri River reservoir despite concerns that it will worsen low-water problems on the Mississippi River, officials told The Associated Press yesterday. The Corps expects to cut the flow from the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota to 12,000 cubic feet per ...

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