Latest Mississippi River News

Louisiana inshore shrimp season starts Monday in most areas

Aug. 6, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The fall inshore shrimp season will open Monday across most of Louisiana, but the Biloxi Marsh and part of the Mermentau River won’t open for another two weeks. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries posted a map and a detailed description of those areas and a map on...

Dusk envelopes the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians' trademark globe atop the Golden Moon Casino and Hotel, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Philadelphia, Miss. The seriousness of COVID-19 and its effect on the tribe, are highlighted by the continued closure of the gaming venues, their hotels and the widely attended water park in Philadelphia. Around 1,000 people tribal members have tested positive for the virus, including the tribal chief. More than 70 have died. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Pearl River Resort to reopen 1 Mississippi casino Friday

Aug. 6, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

CHOCTAW, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is planning a phased reopening of its Pearl River Resort amid the coronavirus pandemic. The tribe said its Bok Homa Casino in Sandersville is opening its doors Friday. Golden Moon Hotel & Casino in Neshoba County will open a week later, on...

Gulf of Mexico's 'dead zone' much smaller this year

Aug. 4, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical weather stirred up the Gulf of Mexico, reducing this year’s dead zone off Louisiana’s coast to the third-smallest ever measured, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Tuesday. Marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais said the area where there’s too little...

Louisiana OKs deepening Mississippi River to 50 feet

Aug. 1, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Mississippi River in Louisiana is getting deeper. The state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday agreed to start deepening the shipping channel from the Gulf of Mexico to Baton Rouge from a depth of 45 feet (13.7 meters) to 50 feet (15.2 meters). The move will also provide...

River pilots union asks Louisiana commission for pay raise

Jul. 31, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A trade union representing river pilots who guide vessels, including cruise ships, from the mouth of the Mississippi River to New Orleans wants a pay increase to get their salaries to match those of other river pilots doing similar work in Louisiana and at ports around the country. The...

Shoppers wear face masks as they leave a Walmart store in Vernon Hills, Ill., Thursday, July 30, 2020. Many retail stores are requiring customers to wear face masks inside all of their stores where local governments do not require it amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, limited enforcement, at Walmart avoids physical confrontations with customers who refuse to wear mask. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

12 Bradley students test positive for COVID-19 after event

Jul. 30, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A dozen Bradley University students a, including some who attended a social gathering after leading freshmen orientation programs this month, have tested positive for COVID-19, the school said. After the Peoria school learned of the new cases on July 23, it determined after testing and...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jul. 29, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ July 29 The Advocate on the anniversary of a shooting at a Lafayette movie theater: Five years have slid past Lafayette since a madman fired 13 rounds from a .40-caliber handgun at his two dozen fellow moviegoers there. Then he reloaded and fired again. A din of...

Funeral held for rescue leader who drowned while saving son

Jul. 26, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — A funeral was held Sunday for a Mississippi sheriff's deputy who drowned while saving his 10-year-old son at a Florida beach. William Nichols, who died Wednesday in Walton County, Florida, was director of the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Unit for the past...

1 dead, child missing on Mississippi River in Tennessee

Jul. 26, 2020 12:40 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — One person died and a child is missing after the two went underwater near a boat ramp on the Mississippi River, officials in Tennessee said Saturday. A body was recovered, and the search for the child was expected to continue though the night at the Shelby Forest boat ramp near...

Teacher plans solo trip sailing the length of the Ohio River

Jul. 25, 2020 3:02 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Every summer, Dennis Simpson, 66, of Elizabethtown, Ohio, takes on a challenge that tests his endurance. This summer of COVID-19, when just existing is testing the endurance of so many, he is solo sailing the length of the Ohio River, from its beginning at Pittsburgh’s Point to...