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NTSB: Broadcasting only boat size led to fatal towboat crash

Sep. 25, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fatal head-on crash between barges pushed by two towboats in Louisiana was caused by inadequate communication and failure to broadcast their total sizes, the National Transportation Safety Board says. The RC Creppel overturned and sank after the...

Louisiana's struggling seafood industry teetering after Ida

Sep. 22, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's oyster farmers, crabbers, shrimpers and anglers are nothing if not adaptable, producing millions of pounds of seafood annually, often in water that was dry land a generation ago. They've fought off a devastating oil spill, floods, changing markets and endless...

Questions on $16B plan to ease back bay flooding at NJ shore

Sep. 21, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — A proposed $16 billion billion plan to address back bay flooding, one of the major sources of storm damage at the Jersey Shore, is raising concerns about where water would go during storms, whether barriers proposed as part of it would hinder navigation and the...

Questions on $16B plan to ease back bay flooding at NJ shore

Sep. 20, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — A proposed $16 billion billion plan to address back bay flooding, one of the major sources of storm damage at the Jersey Shore, is raising concerns about where water would go during storms, whether barriers proposed as part of it would hinder navigation and the...

Authorities identify woman who died after fall at state park

Sep. 20, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials on Monday identified the person who died in a fall at an Iowa state park as an eastern Iowa woman. The state Department of Natural Resources said Iris Merfeld, 36, of Zwingle, died in the early morning hours of Saturday after falling from...

Donors add 144 acres to Tennessee state park in Memphis

Sep. 20, 2021 05:06 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say donors have added 144 acres to a state park in Memphis known for being the first one east of the Mississippi River to be open to African Americans. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation says the expansion...

La Crosse fire department rescues 5 stranded canoeists

Sep. 19, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say members of the La Crosse Fire department rescued five canoeists who became stranded on the La Crosse River Saturday evening. Captain Greg Temp said rescue crews responded to a call shortly before 8 p.m. and found the five people...

Georgia couple finishes 6,000-mile-long boating journey

Sep. 18, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — After 159 days, a Gainesville couple has completed a boating journey that took them through 20 states and more than 6,200 miles across the Eastern United States. Brian Chopin and Karen Silverthorn first set sail in October of 2020 to complete the...

Judge dismisses suit over Mississippi River spillway damage

Sep. 15, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge in Mississippi ruled in two cases that his court didn’t have the authority to order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete an environmental impact study on repeated openings of a Mississippi River flood control structure. ...

7 wounded in southern Illinois shooting; suspects caught

Sep. 10, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Three people suspected in a shooting that wounded seven people in southern Illinois were arrested early Friday, hours after a wild incident that included a getaway car crashing into a commuter train, police said. The shooting occurred...