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Mississippi River spillway opening indefinitely postponed

Plans to open a major Mississippi River spillway have been canceled. Part of the Morganza Spillway structure northwest of Baton Rouge had been scheduled to open Sunday. But a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman said Thursday that the opening has been indefinitely postponed. Sunday’s opening had been planned to keep the river from overtopping the structure. However, spokesman Ricky ...

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Officials seek to open major spillway on Mississippi River

Army Corps of Engineers officials in Louisiana aim to open a historic flood control structure above New Orleans on Tuesday for an unprecedented second time in one year. “It’s an unprecedented amount of water that’s coming down,” David Ramirez, chief of water management for the Corps’ New Orleans District, told reporters Thursday. The request for authorization from the Corps’ Mississippi ...

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Mississippi River mayors: Paris pullout hurts US ag exports

Mayors along the Mississippi River say President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a worldwide climate agreement could severely damage U.S. agricultural exports. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative says in a news release Friday that nations remaining in the Paris agreement will impose carbon pricing through taxes or trading systems, without any say from the United States. The group ...

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Corps to improve Mississippi River monitoring in Vicksburg

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is soon going to be able to better monitor the stages of the Mississippi River using information gleaned from a Vicksburg bridge. The Vicksburg Post reports that Warren County and the Corps signed an agreement Monday to allow the engineers to upgrade the equipment it has on the old bridge on U.S. Route 80. ...

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Portofino owners: plans for old hotel in mid-February

The owners of a shuttered Vicksburg hotel say they’ll announce their plans for it by mid-February. Company representative Greg Stewart won’t say what Vicksburg Hotel LLC plans for the Portofino Hotel, but tells the Vicksburg Post that it won’t include a casino. Harrah’s Casino owned the hotel and associated riverboat casino from 1993 until 2003. It was a Horizon casino ...

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New deal could increase business at Vicksburg port

Officials are working on a deal that could bring new equipment and business to the Port of Vicksburg. State Rep. Alex Monsour was quoted by The Vicksburg Post on Monday as saying that the deal could increase the amount of business at the port fivefold. Terminal manager Chris Maxwell of Watco Terminal and Port Services, which manages Vicksburg’s port, says ...

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Mississippi River levee repairs underway near Greenville

Workers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are in the Greenville area to repair several levee slides after the area had high water earlier this year. Forty slides have been found along the 212mile Mississippi Levee District, which runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Cairo, Illinois. The Delta Democrat-Times reported that 14 of those are in Washington County, ...

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New cruise ship to stop in Vicksburg on first voyage

The paddle wheeler America is expected to stop in Vicksburg Tuesday as it makes its maiden voyage for owner Connecticut-based American Cruise Lines. The Vicksburg Post reports the boat is the newest in the company’s fleet of eight boats that cruise American rivers and the East Coast. It is one of the company’s two boats cruising the Mississippi River. During ...

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Mississippi River traffic limited after ship hits 2 vessels

NEW ORLEANS — A three-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is limited to one-way traffic upriver, a day after a ship broke free of its mooring and hit two other vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Petty Officer Carlos Vega said the one-way traffic would continue until the three vessel involved in Monday’s collision ...

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FBI asks agencies to watch Memphis, Tenn., bridges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The FBI asked law officers assigned to areas around the Mississippi River bridges at Memphis, Tennessee, to help keep an eye on the spans after a vague threat came in warning that one would be blown up. FBI spokesman Christopher M. Allen said Tuesday from Washington the threat was “unsubstantiated.” The agency’s Memphis office alerted local ...

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