Latest Missouri River News

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska win another legal battle over casino

Aug. 13, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has scored another legal win in its fight to keep its casino in western Iowa open. U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose on Monday rejected motions in a lawsuit by the states of Iowa and Nebraska and the Iowa city of Council Bluffs seeking to derail the casino....

Authorities say man drowned in river after saving daughters

Aug. 13, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a northeast Nebraska man died after rescuing two daughters from the Missouri River. The body of 49-year-old Felipe Mendoza was recovered a short distance from where he'd gone under the water Saturday just west of South Sioux City. South Sioux City Fire Chief...

AP: States brace for long-term flood fight as damages mount

Aug. 12, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After devastating flooding this year, Iowa funneled $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri budgeted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to help buy a moveable floodwall for a historic...

AP: States boost flood prevention as damage costs soar

Aug. 11, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After devastating flooding this year, Iowa put $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri allotted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to help buy a moveable floodwall for a historic Mississippi...

Corps to keep water releases into Missouri River high

Aug. 6, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — As predicted, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to keep water releases into the lower Missouri River elevated, as runoff continues to keep upstream reservoirs full. The Corps said in a news release Tuesday that water releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South...

Plane returns to honor Montana firefighters killed in 1949

Aug. 5, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The plane that dropped 15 smokejumpers into one of the most infamous firefighting tragedies in U.S. history once again flew over the rugged Montana gulch along the Missouri River on Monday to mark the 70th anniversary of the fire. The C-47 now called Miss Montana dropped 13 wreaths,...

Montana to lower flags to mark Mann Gulch fire anniversary

Aug. 4, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has ordered flags lowered across the state Monday to mark the 70th anniversary of the deadly Mann Gulch fire. The Aug. 5, 1949, blaze north of Helena near the Missouri River killed 13 firefighters and was the subject of the Norman Maclean book "Young Men and...

Swarms of mayflies, frogs emerge along Missouri River

Aug. 3, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Swarms of mayflies have emerged from under water along the Missouri River and are caking windshields on stretches of road between Omaha and Kansas City, forcing drivers to pull over and clean up the mess. Mayflies spend 99% of their lives in water, but they rise when they become winged...

Southwest Iowa highway and bridge access to Nebraska reopens

Aug. 2, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

PERCIVAL, Iowa (AP) — Highway travel has been restored between Interstate 29 and the Missouri River near Percival in southwest Iowa. The Iowa Transportation Department said Thursday that a contractor has laid down temporary pavement in damaged areas of the westbound lanes of Iowa Highway 2. The two lanes...

No injured in Nebraska City derailment of 11 rail cars

Aug. 1, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — A derailment left one rail car half submerged in water and two others on a creek bank in southeast Nebraska. Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said Thursday that the incident occurred around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday on the east side of Nebraska City, just west of the Missouri...