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Thousands comment on proposed Mississippi pump project

Nov. 28, 2020 11:15 AM EST

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers says thousands of people have sent comments about a proposal for huge pumps to drain floodwaters from parts of the rural Mississippi Delta. They represent a wide range of viewpoints, Vicksburg District spokeswoman Jessica Dulaney told The Vicksburg Post....

$234M BP spill money for 5 wetlands projects in 2 parishes

Nov. 26, 2020 10:14 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is getting $234.6 million in BP oil spill settlement money for five wetlands restoration projects in three parishes. The allocations for Terrebonne, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes bring the state’s total in such restoration grants to more than $900 million...

Analysis: Mississippi pump proposal evokes strong reactions

Nov. 15, 2020 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Farmers, rural shopkeepers and Mississippi politicians from both major parties are speaking out to support a proposed flood control project that would pump water from parts of the south Delta. Environmental groups remain opposed to the Yazoo Backwater Project. They've said for decades...

Follow the smoke and spice along Louisiana’s Andouille Trail

Nov. 8, 2020 12:01 AM EST

LAPLACE, La. (AP) — A thick, spicy pork sausage called andouille links together Louisiana’s River Parishes. An essential ingredient in gumbo, jambalaya and even seafood boils, andouille adds smoky depth to dishes across Cajun country. Now the River Parishes, which straddle the Mississippi River...

Amount of water released into Missouri River to be reduced

Nov. 5, 2020 1:47 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the Missouri River from a key dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will be reduced later this month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Omaha said. The amount of water flowing out of Gavins Point Dam will be reduced starting on Nov. 22 by...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Myrtle Felton, from left, Sharon Lavigne, Gail LeBoeuf and Rita Cooper, members of RISE St. James, conduct a live stream video on property owned by Formosa in St. James Parish, La. The Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether potential environmental impacts require it to change, suspend or revoke the permit for a $9.4 billion plastics complex planned in Louisiana by a Taiwan company, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said Wednesday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Army Corps reconsidering permit for $9.4B plastics complex

Nov. 4, 2020 9:46 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether potential environmental impacts require it to change, suspend or revoke the permit for a $9.4 billion plastics complex planned in Louisiana by a Taiwan company, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said Wednesday. The Corps plans to...

Louisiana award goes to writer of books on pandemic, floods

Oct. 31, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana author who has written about the 1918 flu pandemic and the 1927 Mississippi River flood is receiving the state's annual writing award. John M. Barry has been chosen for the 21st annual Louisiana Writer Award, given by the state library's Louisiana Center for the Book....

A passing car's headlights illuminate a darkened Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday leaving much of the city and metro area without power. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: President declares emergency in Mississippi

Oct. 28, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): 10:45 p.m. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has declared an emergency exists in Mississippi and ordered federal assistance be expedited to aid state, local and tribal efforts to recover from Hurricane Zeta. The president authorized the...

Tourists walk on the beach as the tail end of Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Zeta is leaving Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on a path that could hit New Orleans Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Tomas Stargardter)

Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim

Oct. 27, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Residents of the storm-pummeled Gulf Coast steeled themselves Tuesday for yet another tropical weather strike as Tropical Storm Zeta took aim at southeast Louisiana, fraying the nerves of evacuees from earlier storms and raising concerns in New Orleans about the low-lying city’s...

St. Croix River in good health though pollution threats loom

Oct. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Croix River is still in good health but is facing pollution threats, according to two new reports. Popular for its scenic beauty and recreation opportunities for boaters and anglers, the St. Croix remains one of the cleanest tributaries to the Mississippi River, thanks in...