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Luck could be the only answer to Minnesota's severe drought

Jul. 26, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Lucky or not might be the best way to describe crop conditions across Minnesota. Bryan Biegler raises corn and soybeans near Lake Wilson in the southwestern part of the state. It’s dry there, but crops look surprisingly healthy, said Biegler,...

Analysis: Wicker says Yazoo pumps would alleviate injustice

Jul. 25, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Installing massive pumps to drain water from the south Mississippi Delta would be a way to fight environmental injustice because the pumps would help low-income and minority residents whose lives are disrupted by flooding, Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of...

A rush to judgment raises questions about bridge inspections

Jul. 25, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Monty Frazier was on leave when he received the phone call that ended his career. It was May 11, and the 51-year-old father of three had taken the week off from his job as a heavy bridge inspector with ArDOT, the Arkansas Department of...

I-40 bridge in Tennessee likely won't reopen until August

Jul. 23, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation now says it will likely be early August before the Interstate 40 bridge between Arkansas and Tennessee can reopen to traffic. Contractors are working on phase 3 of the repairs that began after a crack was...

Mississippi Lt Gov: Corps ignored spillway operating manual

Jul. 20, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers ignored its own operating manual when it twice opened a Mississippi River spillway in 2019, causing an environmental and economic disaster in Mississippi and Louisiana, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said Tuesday. He...

Deepening drought prompts Minnesota to step up response

Jul. 16, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials stepped up their drought response on Friday as the state grows drier, which threatens water supplies, agriculture and more wildfires. Minnesota has now reached the threshold to trigger the “warning phase” under the statewide...

Mississippi marker honors 2 Black men killed by Klan in 1964

Jul. 15, 2021 20:22 PM EDT

MEADVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Friends and relatives gathered Thursday in a tiny town in southwestern Mississippi to dedicate a new state historical marker honoring two young Black men who were kidnapped and killed by Ku Klux Klansmen 57 years ago. Investigators found the...

Line 3 pipeline opponents appeal to Minnesota Supreme Court

Jul. 14, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tribal and environmental groups opposed to Enbridge Energy's Line 3 oil pipeline project asked the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a lower court decision affirming the approvals granted by independent regulators that allowed construction to begin last...

Funky fish: Gar garners protections from Minnesota lawmakers

Jul. 12, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One of Minnesota’s oddest, perhaps coolest, and definitely historically underappreciated fish — the gar — is about to get some love. The ong, slender, toothy and prehistoric-looking fish will, for the first time ever in the state, be...

Route 66 exhibit opens with Illinois State Fair

Jul. 11, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Visitors to this year’s Illinois State Fair will be able to visit one of the nation’s more historic highways with the creation of the Route 66 Experience. The multiyear project will turn the Springfield fairgrounds’ Gate 2 into a...