Latest Mississippi River News

Volunteer group suspends Mississippi River search for girl

May. 19, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After nearly a month, a search-and-rescue boaters’ group has suspended its search for an 8-year-old girl who fell into the Mississippi River last month, the group said Thursday. “It is with an extremely heavy, and painfully broken heart” that the United...

$39 billion state budget quickly passed by state Senate

May. 18, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $39 billion state operating budget that includes teacher pay raises and a down payment on a proposed bridge across the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge was approved with little discussion Wednesday afternoon by the state Senate. The House-passed bill,...

To stop Baton Rouge floods, they’re carving a 12-mile river

May. 15, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

ZACHARY, La. (AP) — You can’t quite see it yet from Plank Road or La. 19 near Zachary, but work crews are building a man-made river from scratch. Down inside a huge, wide “V” carved out of the earth, concrete pillars for a bridge have been poured and smoothed out by workers....

$1.5M bail for Minnesota woman accused in deaths of 2 babies

May. 10, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — Unconditional bail was set at $1.5 million Tuesday for the Minnesota woman charged with leaving her newborn son to die beside a lake nearly 20 years ago and who authorities say abandoned another infant in the Mississippi River years earlier. Jennifer...

Revenue forecasts improve; House voted to phase out tax

May. 09, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Higher tax revenue is helping add nearly $350 million to Louisiana’s general fund budget for the fiscal year that ends at the end of next month and $104 million in projected revenue for the year that starts July 1. The state Revenue Estimating Conference...

Murder complaint: Minnesota woman abandoned 2 newborns

May. 09, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman has been arrested and charged in the death of her newborn who was abandoned at a lake nearly 20 years ago, and in a criminal complaint acknowledged abandoning another newborn whose body was found in the Mississippi River years earlier, state and local...

Searchers find body of girl, 14, in Mississippi River

May. 06, 2022 16:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Law enforcement crews have found the body of a 14-year-old girl who fell into the Mississippi River late last month, but her 8-year-old sister is still missing. Alton Brown told WWL-TV that a body found Thursday is that of his daughter Brandy Wilson. ...

Competing bills deal with 2025 sales tax expiration

May. 02, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Competing ideas on what to do about the impending end of a 0.45% state sales tax — and the more than $420 million it generates annually — are on the way to the Louisiana House of Representatives. The seven-year tax was approved in 2018, ending a decade...

Grain elevator: Ruling lets slave descendants suit go ahead

Apr. 28, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

EDGARD, La. (AP) — Descendants of slaves who lived and toiled in southeastern Louisiana won a key ruling Thursday allowing their legal challenge to go forward against a $400 million grain elevator planned along the Mississippi River, although the company behind the project said it would likely...

Fireball spotted over southern Mississippi, NASA confirms

Apr. 28, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — A loud boom prefaced a streaking fireball spotted in three Southern states, scientists confirmed Thursday. More than 30 people in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi reported seeing the exceptionally bright meteor in the sky around 8 a.m. Wednesday after...