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Army Corps to spend $732M on Mississippi River lock upgrade

Jan. 19, 2022 23:17 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps said it will spend $732 million to expand a lock and dam system to help barges more efficiently transport millions of tons of corn, soybeans and other goods along the Mississippi River. The lock expansion was part of the Biden...

Corps: $2.6B in Louisiana infrastructure, disaster money

Jan. 19, 2022 19:26 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers will be getting $2.6 billion for Louisiana under the infrastructure and supplemental disaster acts, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday. The disaster bill to help recovery from Hurricane Ida includes over $2 billion for flood...

Pipeline spills 300,000 gallons of diesel near New Orleans

Jan. 12, 2022 19:27 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A severely corroded pipeline ruptured and spilled more than 300,000 gallons (1.1 million liters) of diesel fuel just outside New Orleans after the operator delayed needed repairs, according to federal records. Most of the fuel drained into two artificial ponds...

How old, new I-74 bridges came to be at Illinois-Iowa border

Jan. 08, 2022 01:02 AM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Two bridges crossing the Mississippi River, spanning from the banks of Bettendorf to Moline, represent over 100 years of history. They sit close together, graceful arches butted up against dark, rigid towers. One sits empty, while the other is filled with cars crossing...

55 fire crew members battle huge wharf fire in New Orleans

Jan. 04, 2022 11:03 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dozens of firefighters and a fire boat battled a large wharf fire in New Orleans. Fire officials say a large part of the wharf was engulfed in flames Monday night, and it took 55 fire personnel to get the blaze under control nearly two hours later. ...

Fire guts family home of Illinois officer killed in August

Dec. 28, 2021 12:23 PM EST

MAKANDA, Ill. (AP) — A fire has destroyed the family home of a southern Illinois police officer who died in August after he was allegedly struck on a Mississippi River bridge by a motorist fleeing police. Six relatives of Brian Pierce Jr., including his mother, father and sister,...

National Weather Service confirms storm spawned 8 tornadoes

Dec. 27, 2021 13:22 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a rare December wind storm spawned eight tornadoes across west-central Wisconsin. The Dec. 15 storm swept across multiple states. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday that the storm produced three tornadoes rate...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Dec. 27, 2021 10:04 AM EST

Des Moines Register. Dec. 26, 2021. Editorial: Here are our 5 birthday wishes for Iowa as our state turns 175 On Dec. 28, 1846, when President James K. Polk signed the bill making Iowa the 29th state, its population was estimated at 96,000 people. Since then, Iowans’...

For GOP, national party line trumps bringing home the bacon

Dec. 23, 2021 10:23 AM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport's 81-year-old Centennial Bridge across the Mississippi River creaks under the weight of tens of thousands of cars and trucks every day. Rust shows through its chipped silver paint, exposing the steel that needs replacing. This city's aging landmark...

One dead, three injured in shooting near St. Louis

Dec. 20, 2021 07:23 AM EST

BROOKLYN, Ill. (AP) — A St. Louis man is dead and three other men are injured after a shooting in the parking lot of a former nightclub. The shooting happened just after 3 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of what used to be Roxy's Nightclub in Brooklyn, Illinois, just across the...