Latest Mississippi River News

Search called off for man in Mississippi River

Aug. 19, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard has called off the search for a pajama-clad man seen entering the Mississippi River. The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports that the search has concluded. A spokesman for the Coast Guard told the news outlet that rescue teams couldn't find any sign of the...

Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers

Aug. 19, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. August 15, 2019 When a sitting congressman sees an upside to rape and incest, sex abusers get the message Accused rapists have long defended themselves by claiming it didn't happen, or the victim "asked for it," maybe by dressing too provocatively. But never, to my knowledge, has a defense...

Coast Guard searching for man in Mississippi River

Aug. 17, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for a man in the Mississippi River in New Orleans. News outlets report the Coast Guard received a report of a person entering the water at 9:03 a.m. Saturday. The man, described as being in his mid-60s, was seen wearing pajamas with a white shirt. Authorities...

Louisiana seeks federal aid for Mississippi River flooding

Aug. 16, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking the Trump administration to issue a federal disaster declaration for Louisiana because of Mississippi River flooding. The Democratic governor's office said Friday it sent a letter to FEMA seeking the designation that would give state and local...

Federal agency to consider protections for lake sturgeon

Aug. 14, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators said Wednesday they will consider extending legal protections to lake sturgeon — prehistoric fish once abundant in the Great Lakes but reduced to dangerously low numbers by overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

Aug. 14, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water has been pushing against the levees keeping a city mostly below sea...

Mississippi firms affected by cyanobacteria can seek help

Aug. 14, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Businesses along Mississippi's Gulf Coast might be able to get federal aid if they've suffered economic losses due to toxic blue-green bacteria in the water. News outlets are reporting on the process that could enable Small Business Administration loans to affected businesses. At least...

Study: Asian carp could find plenty of food in Lake Michigan

Aug. 12, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Asian carp are likely to find enough food to spread farther if they establish breeding populations in Lake Michigan, reinforcing the importance of preventing the invasive fish from gaining a foothold, scientists said in a paper released Monday. A study led by University of...

AP: States brace for long-term flood fight as damages mount

Aug. 12, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After devastating flooding this year, Iowa funneled $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri budgeted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to help buy a moveable floodwall for a historic...

Volunteers fill shoreline with plants during drawdown

Aug. 12, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

RICE, Minn. (AP) — More than 70 volunteers put in time earlier this month to help restore Little Rock Lake at Benton Beach. Since the drawdown started this month, residents, Boy Scouts, volunteers and state Department of Natural Resources employees have been working to get 45,000 plants in the exposed mud...