Latest Mississippi River News

Drought, sluggish Mississippi River make small dead zone

Aug. 03, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drought made the Mississippi River sluggish and led to a smaller than average dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — an area where there’s too little oxygen to support marine life, the scientist who's been measuring it for decades said Wednesday. Each year,...

Big Louisiana coastal restoration projects continue

Jul. 30, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has completed one of its biggest coastal restoration projects yet, and is at work on even bigger ones. The dredge used to suck up sediment from the Gulf of Mexico to add 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of habitat to sites in the Terrebonne Basin is...

Corps' Memphis district gets 2nd new commander in a month

Jul. 26, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a new commander for the second time in about a month. Col. Brian D. Sawser assumed command of the expansive district at a ceremony Friday in Memphis, the Corps said in a news release. Lt. Col. Robert...

Trial for Iowa teen charged with killing teacher moved

Jul. 20, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — A trial for a 17-year-old teen charged with murder in the death of a southeast Iowa high school Spanish teacher will be moved to Davenport, a judge ordered Tuesday. The judge ordered that the trial for Jeremy Everett Goodale be moved about 80 miles (128...

Mississippi teen recounts rescuing 4 people from drowning

Jul. 08, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When Corion Evans saw three people at a party, the 16-year-old never imagined he would save their lives a few hours later. But that's what happened in the early hours of Sunday when a car drove off a boat launch into a south Mississippi river. The Mississippi...

River, park searched for missing 6-year-old Northfield girl

Jul. 06, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are searching a portion of the Mississippi River and a surrounding park in Stearns County for a missing 6-year-old girl whose mother was found dead of an apparent suicide. Officials believe Lisa Wade, 39, may have been involved in the...

15 years after death, boy's message in a bottle back home

Jul. 02, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — It was just a green bottle floating above a barge. Over the past 33 years, currents had taken it 295 river miles through the Mississippi Delta. However, Billy Mitchell didn’t know that when he walked by it at first, before it caught his eye....

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jun. 23, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

Frankort State Journal. June 21, 2022. Editorial: County, state need to recognize Juneteenth as paid holiday President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday last year and the Frankfort City Commission followed suit, voting unanimously last June to make the...

From 'carp' to 'copi': unpopular fish getting a makeover

Jun. 22, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — You're in the mood for fish and your server suggests a dish of invasive carp. Ugh, you might say. But how about broiled copi, fresh from the Mississippi River? Here's the catch: They're the same thing. Illinois and partner organizations...

Kentucky motorists advised of lane closures; ferry reopens

Jun. 20, 2022 04:28 AM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky transportation officials are advising motorists of lane closures on Interstate 75 and state highways during this coming week. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet also says the Dorena-Hickman Ferry connecting the state with Missouri across the...