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In this Monday, May 11, 2020, photo, Melvin Logan, 63, speaks with a reporter about the effects of casino closures in his hometown of Tunica, Miss. A county in the heart of the historically impoverished Mississippi Delta has been dealt a serious economic blow by the new coronavirus. Gambling halls and associated businesses in Tunica County have been shuttered for two months. That means thousands of people along the Blues Highway south of Memphis, Tennessee, are out of work. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

'Twilight Zone:' Casino closings hurt Mississippi county

May. 20, 2020 3:25 AM EDT

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — Since mid-March, the wide roads leading to the gambling halls of Tunica County, Mississippi, have been devoid of cars. The bells of the slot machines and chatter from hopeful card players have gone silent. Hundreds of hotel rooms have been empty for two months, and thousands of people...

3 Gulf Coast states get $88 million for fisheries flooding

May. 18, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three Gulf Coast states are getting more than $88 million in fisheries disaster funds for damage from last year’s flooding, which included an unprecedented two openings of a spillway west of New Orleans. “These funds will help industries and individuals recover from this...

This photo taken March 12, 2020, near Rock Port, Missouri, shows tenant farmer Phil Graves examining grain storage bins that were destroyed in a 2019 flood. Some of the land where Graves grows corn has been offered for sale to provide room for a levee to be rerouted so the Missouri River can roam more widely. Levee setbacks are among measures being taken in the U.S. heartland to control floods in ways that work with nature instead of trying to dominate it with concrete infrastructure. Graves says he'd prefer to keep cultivating the parcel but understands why the setback is needed. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

Takeaways from a trend toward natural flood controls

Apr. 28, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

Some communities in the U.S. heartland are taking a more natural approach to preventing the kinds of floods that have devastated the region in recent years. As climate change brings more extreme weather, the network of levees and walls that keeps rivers such as the Mississippi and the Missouri under control has...

This photo taken March 12, 2020, near Rock Port, Missouri, shows once-productive farmland that was ruined after a Missouri River flood blew open part of an earthen levee and inundated the area in 2019. The landowner is among several in the area who have offered to sell about 500 acres so the levee can be moved farther back, giving the river more room to roam. Levee setbacks are among measures being taken in the U.S. heartland to control floods in ways that work with nature instead of trying to dominate it with concrete infrastructure. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

Battered by floods, U.S. river communities try new remedies

Apr. 28, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

ARNOLD, Mo. (AP) — Hollywood Beach Road was once such prime real estate that the neighborhood had its own airstrip, enabling well-heeled residents to zip back and forth between homes in nearby St. Louis and weekend cottages on the Meramec River in suburban Arnold, Missouri. Floods eventually took their...

In this undated photo provided by the City of West Memphis, Mayor Marco McClendon poses for a photo. The mayor of the east Arkansas city has a pointed message for residents who he says aren't following social distancing guidelines to curb the coronavirus. McClendon told residents in a Facebook video Tuesday, April 14, 2020, to stay home, and he used an expletive that can also mean

Arkansas mayor has blunt message for residents on distancing

Apr. 15, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The mayor of an eastern Arkansas city has a pointed message for residents who he says aren’t following social distancing guidelines to curb the coronavirus. “With all emotion and no disrespect, stay your ass at home,” West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon said in...

2 largest US rivers top new listing of endangered waterways

Apr. 14, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The nation's two largest rivers top a new listing of the most endangered waterways, according to a report released Tuesday. The Washington, D.C.-based conservation organization American Rivers released its list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the United States. The Upper...

FILE - In this May 10, 2019 file photo, workers open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, to divert rising water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, upriver from New Orleans, in Norco, La. The major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, April 3, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. 
That would likely lead to the opening of a structure that diverts water through the Bonnet Carré Spillway. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

Mar. 31, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps...