Latest Mississippi River News

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...

Cat Island refuge closed because of high water

Nov. 4, 2019 7:59 PM EST

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) — Federal officials are temporarily closing a wildlife refuge in Louisiana because of high water on the Mississippi River. An announcement Monday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says water has reached 24 feet at the Baton Rouge tide gauge, forcing the agency to shut down...

There's more to this ghost town than old, empty buildings

Nov. 2, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

RODNEY, Miss. (AP) — A dirt road carries visitors to the heart of a town frozen in time. Dust billowing behind the car settles as it stops at the intersection where Rodney Road turns left, and Muddy Bayou Road — or Commerce Street, as it was back in the day — goes right. Alston Grocery Store...

Missouri farmers seeking to reduce runoff in Gulf of Mexico

Nov. 1, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When corn and soybean farmer Kenny Reichard stopped plowing some of his fields in northern Missouri in 1982, other farmers told him that it was a terrible decision that would lower his yields. "I've been told many times that no-till doesn't work," said Reichard, 62, who farms north...

'Grim' oyster season brings new tactics for oyster bars

Oct. 27, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — People queued up as usual outside Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter one recent day, while inside the aroma of oysters bubbling on the grill filled the dining room and servers whisked past with trays of po-boys. But at the marble-topped oyster bar, something was starkly amiss: No...

Wisconsin-Iowa ferry service closes for the season

Oct. 24, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

A Mississippi River ferry service connecting northeast Iowa with southwest Wisconsin has closed for the season. The Pride of Cassville Car Ferry service posted Tuesday on its Facebook page that it was closing because of the continued high water. The Telegraph Herald reports that the ferry usually ends the service...

Lots of good terns: Bird ready to fly off endangered list

Oct. 23, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After 34 years on the endangered species list, a tiny Midwestern bird is ready to fly free of federal protection. Once diminished by hunting for feathers for hats and hurt by the damming of major rivers like the Missouri, the interior least tern population has increased tenfold since...

Kansas-Missouri hoops series to resume next season in KC

Oct. 21, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Border War is returning to college basketball. The acrimonious rivalry between Kansas and Missouri, once the longest continually played series west of the Mississippi River, will resume next season in Kansas City. The schools have agreed to play six times, with four of those...

Missouri agency apologizes for editing 'Trump' from photos

Oct. 21, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

LOUISIANA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Transportation has apologized for posting an edited photo that cropped out a boy's "Trump 2020" shirt and appeared to blur part of his "Trump 2020" cap. KSDK-TV reports that Mitchel Lemons of Nebo, Illinois, won a raffle to push the detonator for a...