Latest Mississippi River News

Police: Boater finds human bones near Mississippi River

Oct. 7, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee say they are trying to identify human remains found by a boater near a marina off of the Mississippi River. News outlets report Memphis police were called to the Riverside Park Marina on Sunday morning where a boater led officers to human bones he found near a...

American Queen adding boat to Mississippi River cruises

Oct. 5, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The American Countess is set to join the American Queen Steamboat Co.'s fleet in April. The company offers Mississippi River cruises that call on New Orleans, Baton Rouge and St. Francisville. The Advocate reports the Countess will accommodate 260 passengers and have about 100 crew...

Voters in Memphis choose incumbent mayor for another term

Oct. 3, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jim Strickland, the mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, likes to say the city has momentum. Voters appear to agree with him. Strickland won a big victory Thursday for the opportunity to lead the soulful Mississippi River city for another four years. He soundly defeated several other mayoral...

3-way battle for Memphis mayor marked by bitter conflicts

Oct. 1, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Even in an era known for divisive politics nationally, this year's race for Memphis mayor stands out, with accusations of racism, a magazine caricature widely viewed as offensive, a candidate who refuses to mention a female opponent by name and a dustup over homophobic tweets from...

Water quality sensor hitching ride on Mississippi River boat

Sep. 16, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A data-gathering sensor attached to the American Queen steamboat will give scientists and cities a better understanding of water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi River, officials said Monday. U.S. Geological Survey and Army Corps of Engineers officials, a group of...

Water quality sensor hitching ride on Mississippi River boat

Sep. 16, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A data-gathering sensor attached to the American Queen steamboat will give scientists and cities a better understanding of water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi River, officials said Monday. U.S. Geological Survey and Army Corps of Engineers officials, a group of...

$2B waterway through Deep South yet to yield promised boom

Sep. 16, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

EPES, Ala. (AP) — More than a century in the making, the 234-mile (376-kilometer) Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was supposed to fulfill a dream of "orderly growth and prosperity" when it opened in 1985, snaking its way through the poor, rural Deep South. It hasn't worked out that way. Delayed for decades by...

2-year-old boy found floating in river days after wreck

Sep. 12, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

DUNDEE, Miss. (AP) — The body of a 2-year-old-boy has been recovered from the Mississippi River, more than 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of where a woman drove into the river. Tunica County Sheriff KC Hamp tells WREG-TV that a body matching the description of Cortez Moore was spotted by a helicopter on...

Sheriff: Woman's body recovered; search resumes for children

Sep. 10, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — Northern Mississippi authorities have recovered the body of a woman who crashed into the Mississippi River near Fitz Casino. WMC-TV reports Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp confirms the body of 29-year-old Symphony Wilson was found late Monday night. The two children who were also in...

Minnesota oil pipeline fight highlights Democratic dilemmas

Sep. 9, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A divisive fight over the future of a crude-oil pipeline across Minnesota is pinning presidential candidates between environmentalists and trade unions in a 2020 battleground state, testing their campaign promises to ease away from fossil fuels. Progressive candidates Elizabeth Warren...