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Weakened Barry rolls into Louisiana, drenches Gulf Coast

Jul. 13, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Barry rolled into the Louisiana coast Saturday, flooding highways, forcing people to scramble to rooftops and dumping heavy rain that officials had feared could test the levees and pumps that were bolstered after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. After briefly becoming a...

Flood control measures push endangered species to the brink

Jul. 5, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Historically, the pallid sturgeon made its home in the chutes, sloughs and side channels of the floodplain of the Missouri River. The whiskered bottom feeder fed in turbid waters on smaller fish and aquatic insects. When it was time to spawn, the fish braved rapid waters to travel...

Missouri scientists try to save alligator gar population

Jul. 4, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Missouri scientists are trying to save the state's dwindling population of alligator gar, one of the country's largest and most feared species of fish. For the past 12 years, the Missouri Department of Conservation has stocked the species in locations near the Mississippi River...

Mississippi senator asks Trump for pumps to ease flooding

Jun. 12, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Faced with weeks more flooding in a part of Mississippi that's been underwater since February, one of the state's U.S. senators on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to order temporary pumps to the area to begin pumping water over the levee and into the already-swollen Mississippi...

No end seen to struggle as Mississippi flood enters month 4

May. 29, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

HOLLY BLUFF, Miss. (AP) — Larry Walls should have been out working in his fields last week. Instead, his John Deere tractor is parked on high ground, just beyond the reach of the ever-encroaching floodwaters in the southern Mississippi Delta. Four months into what seems like a never-ending flood, he's...

Fearsome invasive fish found for first time in Missouri

May. 26, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri conservation officials say a particularly troublesome invasive fish has been found in the state for the first time. An angler caught a northern snakehead in a ditch within the St. Francis River levee in April in Dunklin County. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the...