Latest Mississippi River News

River watchers already wary about 2020 spring flooding

Nov. 29, 2019 4:48 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After a year that has seen some of the worst flooding ever in parts of the Midwest, concern is already rising that the spring of 2020 may bring more high water to places that still haven’t fully recovered. Flooding ravaged much of the Missouri and Mississippi River basins and...

Louisiana editorial roundup

Nov. 27, 2019 3:04 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Nov. 27 The Advocate on regulating emissions: In Louisiana’s economy, it’s about oil and gas. That may seem obvious, but the phrase typically conjures up mental images of oil rigs, the exploration and production segment of the industry. A huge...

Tornadoes, damaging winds in forecast for parts of US

Nov. 26, 2019 1:31 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Forecasters say severe thunderstorms and a few tornadoes are possible Tuesday in areas along the Mississippi River Valley. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri and extreme western Tennessee are at the greatest risk of severe...

Nearly $1M being spent to fix historic bridge at Vicksburg

Nov. 23, 2019 4:46 PM EST

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A government agency has declared a state of emergency to make nearly $1 million in repairs on a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River. Warren County Bridge Commission Superintendent Herman Smith tells The Vicksburg Post that a Missouri contractor will begin work on Dec. 9. The...

Burlington to become cruise ship stop for European company

Nov. 19, 2019 7:48 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Burlington is set to become a stop for a major river cruise line in the next few years. City officials signed a two-year agreement Monday with Viking Cruises, which is based in Basel, Switzerland. The agreement says the city will lease docking facilities to Viking for two years, and...

Man shot dead near Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

Nov. 17, 2019 12:14 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a man was fatally shot near the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. The Pioneer Press reports police at 10:13 p.m. Saturday received reports of the shooting near the Mississippi River and just southeast of the historic Stone Arch Bridge. Officers found a man outdoors...

Old Champ Clark Bridge demolition to continue Monday

Nov. 16, 2019 4:46 PM EST

LOUISIANA, Mo. (AP) — Officials expect to demolish the last two trusses of the old Champ Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River on Monday. The Missouri Department of Transportation tells the Quincy Herald-Whig that it will use explosive devices to bring down the trusses on the Illinois side between 9 a.m....

Study links Asian carp with Mississippi River fish drop

Nov. 16, 2019 11:18 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Sport fish have declined significantly in portions of the Upper Mississippi River infested with Asian carp, adding evidence to fears about the invader’s threat to native species, according to a new study. Analysis of nearly 20 years of population data suggests the carp...

Lock on Red River reopens after first draining since 1982

Nov. 11, 2019 3:39 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A navigation lock on the Red River in central Louisiana has reopened. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it reopened the John H. Overton Lock and Dam at Alexandria earlier this month. The Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District closed the lock in September, draining all the water...

Flooding once again closes road to Louisiana wildlife refuge

Nov. 11, 2019 4:08 AM EST

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) — High water levels have forced the main road into a Louisiana wildlife refuge to close, days after it reopened for the first time since 2016. The Advocate reported Sunday that access to the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge in St. Francisville has been limited since flooding...