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Paddleboat to dock in Vidalia, La., not Natchez

VIDALIA, La. — The Queen of the Mississippi paddleboat will dock at the Vidalia Riverfront, just across the Mississippi River from Natchez, six times before the end of the year. The Natchez Democrat reports that the first of those stops will be 7:30 p.m. Monday until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Other stops will be Nov. 19 and 25, and Dec. 2, ...

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Oil spill trial begins look into how much oil leaked into Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — The focus of a trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP’s blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting scientific theories to explain their different estimates. Government experts estimate ...

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Judge suspends some oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement over BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill to immediately suspend making settlement offers and payments to some businesses that claim the company’s 2010 oil spill cost them money. U.S. District Carl Barbier issued Thursday’s order a day after an appeals court reversed his rulings in a dispute ...

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Federal shutdown closes Natchez Trace; road remains open

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Parkway motor road remains open, but no government facilities are available. All restrooms, visitor centers, sites, campgrounds, etc. are closed.  Law enforcement rangers remain on-duty for ...

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Corps to shut down campgrounds due to federal budget impasse

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is preparing for the closure of USACE-operated campgrounds and day-use parks nationwide beginning today if the potential shutdown of the federal government goes into effect for lack of fiscal 2014 funding legislation. Affected recreational areas would not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted. Some USACE-operated campgrounds and day-use parks may ...

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