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New Orleans' levees face a hard test as storm bears down

Jul. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

Even as Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the Mississippi River's levees held up when those in other parts of the city did not. But as Tropical Storm Barry threatened New Orleans with torrential rains that will test the city's flood defenses this weekend, the height of the city's river levees was the U.S....

The Latest: New Orleans mayor declares emergency

Jul. 10, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local): 3:45 p.m. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city's Treme (truh-MAY) neighborhood got 8.4 inches (21.3 centimeters) of rain in three hours, and more nasty weather is on the way. Cantrell has declared...

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...

The Latest: Trump promises July 4th 'show of a lifetime'

Jul. 3, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the July Fourth celebration (all times local): 11:05 a.m. The District of Columbia says it expects the federal government to pay for any damage to roads caused by military tanks and other heavy vehicles brought to city for President Donald Trump's...

Keystone XL pipeline opponents pursue new legal challenge

Jul. 1, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmentalists asked a federal judge on Monday to cancel approvals issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, opening another front in the legal fight over a long-delayed energy project that President Donald Trump has tried to push...

Corps: Platte, Missouri River flood repairs to cost over $1B

Jun. 28, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flood-damaged levees and other infrastructure along the Platte and Missouri Rivers will cost far in excess of $1 billion to repair, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The first 61 of 108 projects deemed eligible for federal funding will cost $1 billion, Corps spokesman Matt...

Spillway north of New Orleans expected to close in July

Jun. 27, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers expects to begin closing a spillway north of New Orleans sometime in the second or third week of July. The corps began opening the Bonnet Carré Spillway on May 10 to relieve stress on levees protecting New Orleans. It was the first time the spillway's...

Tribes to get more documents sought in Dakota Access lawsuit

Jun. 25, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to turn over more documents that four Native American tribes say could bolster their lawsuit seeking to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg directed the federal agency to give...

OSHA: Street should have closed before Miami bridge collapse

Jun. 11, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Engineers had knowledge of extensive cracking and failed to order a street closed and shore up a pedestrian bridge before it collapsed and killed six people at a Miami university last year, according to findings revealed by a federal workplace safety agency. The U.S. Occupational Safety and...

Mississippi seeks seafood disaster amid spillway complaints

Jun. 7, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's governor wants the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster as freshwater from a Mississippi River spillway gushes into what's normally a partly salty estuary, killing countless oysters and crabs. The unprecedented second opening of Louisiana's Bonnet...