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Coast Guard allows restricted traffic at oil spill site

VICKSBURG — The Coast Guard is permitting restricted commercial vessel traffic on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg as crews work to remove oil from a leaking barge, a Guard spokesman said today. Chief Petty Officer Paul Roszkowski said southbound commercial traffic will be allowed to pass through the area during daylight hours and northbound commercial traffic can move at night. ...

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Boats creep by as oil cleanup continues on Mississippi

VICKSBURG — Water vessels were moving cautiously today through a section of the Mississippi River where a barge was leaking oil as Coast Guard officials attempted to ease the economic impact of shutting down one of the nation’s vital commerce routes. Crews on Wednesday began pumping oil from the leaking barge onto another barge — a process known as lightering ...

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River remains closed as oil spill cleanup continues

VICKSBURG — Barges transporting commerce idled among the nearly four-dozen vessels stacked up today along a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River, denied transit as crews feverishly sought to clean up leaking oil spilled in a weekend barge accident. Workers have been skimming oily water around the clock near Vicksburg ever since a barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil ...

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Towboat hits bridge, spills light crude in Mississippi

VICKSBURG — A barge laden with 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge in Vicksburg over the weekend, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for miles each way, the Coast Guard said. A second barge was damaged. Although an oily sheen was reported up to three miles downriver from Vicksburg, investigators were uncertain how ...

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City wants to name bridge for late state lawmaker

HOUSTON — The city of Houston has asked the Legislature to name a local bridge for the late state Rep. Billy Bowles. Bowles served 20 years in the Mississippi House. Bowles died in 2012 at the age of 78. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports aldermen are asking that the Mississippi Highway 15 overpass over Highway 8 east of Houston ...

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Backers say GEO Project saving state millions of dollars

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University Extension Service reports an advanced database training project conducted by Extension is saving the state millions of dollars, improving skills and making jobs easier. The Geospatial Education and Outreach Project began working with local and state government agencies across Mississippi in June 2006. By November 2012, more than 2,600 people from more than 60 counties ...

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Want a bridge? MDOT offering historic one

LAFAYETTE COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is offering the Mississippi Highway 7 Tallahatchie River Steel Truss Bridge in Lafayette County to the public for relocation, preservation, and maintenance. Built in 1953, the three-span structure has been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge will soon be replaced and because of its historic status ...

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Trace bridge bid comes in $1.4M higher than expected

TUPELO — The lowest bid to build a bridge over the Natchez Trace Parkway came in $1.4 million higher than expected. Officials tell the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal members of the Major Thoroughfare Committee will discuss the bids on Oct. 8 before taking a proposal to the city council. The bridge is part of the city’s northern loop road project. ...

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