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  • All lanes now open on I-10 W on the Mississippi River Bridge

    September 24, 2015 9:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All lanes are now open on I-10 West on the Mississippi River Bridge following an earlier accident. Congestion from this accident has backed up to the I-10/I-110 split. more »
  • Part of Mississippi River closes; 2 boats collide, spill oil in Kentucky

    September 3, 2015 11:56 AM

    PADUCAH, Ky. - The U.S. Coast Guard says part of the Mississippi River has been closed as crews investigate and clean up an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats. The Coast Guard says the collision Wednesday evening near Paducah, Kentucky, damaged at least one barge carrying... more »
  • Construction of Water Campus building to begin this year

    September 2, 2015 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Water Institute of the Gulf's headquarters will be a futuristic feat of glass and metal that's propped up above the Mississippi River. That's according to a rendering released Monday shows. Construction of the $22 million headquarters, research and interpretative center will start later this year. The building... more »
  • La. governor candidates back plans to divert river water

    August 18, 2015 7:15 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. - The four candidates in the race to become the next Louisiana governor each said fixing Louisiana's dire coastal land loss will require moving ahead with multibillion-dollar plans - opposed by many fishermen - to divert Mississippi River water into disappearing estuaries. The three Republicans and lone... more »
  • Body found floating in Mississippi River

    August 1, 2015 11:37 AM

    BRAITHWAITE, La. - A body has been recovered from the Mississippi River near the Scarsdale ferry landing in Braithwaite. Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco says the body was found Friday and investigators have positively identified the victim through fingerprints. However, he says the person's identity is being withheld pending notification... more »
  • Search underway for missing swimmer in Mississippi River

    July 29, 2015 8:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Authorities are searching for a man who disappeared while swimming in the Mississippi River in New Orleans on Tuesday night. Port of New Orleans official Matt Gresham says authorities from multiple agencies, including New Orleans police and fire, the Coast Guard and Emergency Medical Services were searching by... more »
  • Stalled vehicles stall traffic throughout Baton Rouge

    July 23, 2015 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two vehicles which stalled an hour apart from each other on the Mississippi River Bridge left drivers stuck and steaming during near-100 degree heat Thursday. Around 4 p.m. the Department of Transportation and Development said a nine-mile traffic jam on I-10 West stretched from the bridge... more »
  • Flood waters cover parts of West Feleciana Parish Play Video

    July 21, 2015 7:45 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Flood waters covered a few low-lying roads and structures in West Feliciana Parish on Tuesday. No inhabited homes were in danger, but officials want residents to watch out for road flooding. Brian Spillman is the Parish's Emergency Preparedness director. He said flooding this late in the... more »
  • Army Corps of Engineers to begin levee inspections

    July 18, 2015 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is beginning daily inspections of levees from Baton Rouge to Venice as the Mississippi River rises. The corps says in a news release that construction projects within 1,500 feet of the levee will be halted. Inspectors also will look for scouring... more »
  • Chinese chemical company facility in Vacherie opposed

    June 1, 2015 11:11 AM

    VACHERIE - A China-based company's methanol manufacturing facility planned along the Mississippi River in St. James Parish is being opposed by two environmental groups. Yuhuang Chemical Inc., a subsidiary of Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Co. Ltd., will make a $1.85 billion capital investment in the project that represents the first major... more »
  • Common core, infrastructure on session agenda Wednesday

    May 27, 2015 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers will revisit common core standards during Wednesday's session. They'll be looking at a bill that would review the academic benchmarks throughout the state. The bill would also include required public hearings in every congressional district. A House committee will also look at another bill that would... more »
  • Memorial Day traffic trouble continues

    May 25, 2015 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Interstate traffic through Baton Rouge continued to pile up behind the Mississippi River Bridge through the lunch hour. The Department of Transportation and Development said congestion on I-10 West was back from the bridge all the way past Essen Lane just after 1 p.m. The... more »
  • Army Corps begins study on dredging the Mississippi River check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 22, 2015 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Army Corps of Engineers just started a study this month to look into deepening the Mississippi River. As of now, the river can accommodate ships with a draft of 45 feet. The Corps wants to deepen the river by 5 feet to accommodate bigger ships.... more »
  • Engineers to consider deepening MS River

    May 19, 2015 9:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a meeting here soon to discuss the impacts of dredging the Mississippi River by as much as five feet. The Associated Press reported the discussion Tuesday evening. The Corps said Baton Rouge will play host to one of three... more »
  • Mississippi River diversion proponents use ad to state their case

    May 4, 2015 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A full-page advertisement that ran Sunday in a number of publications in Louisiana highlights the need for large, land-building diversions to be built along the Mississippi River as part of the state's coastal restoration plan. Andy Nyman, a wetland scientist at LSU, said scientists discussed the need to... more »
  • Debris causes closures on Mississippi River Bridge

    April 27, 2015 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities closed parts of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge due to debris blown down by storms Monday morning. The Department of Transportation and Development said scaffolding on the bridge for its recent painting was damaged and knocked down by the the morning's storm. I-10 East... more »
  • River traffic slowly resuming after collision check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 6, 2015 8:09 PM

    CONVENT - Traffic on the Mississippi River is slowly resuming after three vessels collided Monday night. The Coast Guard said Monday night that a smaller ship broke free from its mooring near Convent, drifted across the river and hit a tug or towing vessel as well as a tanker... more »
  • Spillway set to be tested due to high water levels

    April 4, 2015 11:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to test the historic Bonnet Carre Spillway next week. The corps and other flood-fighting agencies are on alert due to high water levels in the Mississippi River. On Wednesday, crews will practice removing and replacing large crane-hoisted wooden needles -... more »
  • Corps precaution at weirs built to keep Mississippi in place

    March 19, 2015 3:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers is getting ready in case of high water at the complex built to keep the Mississippi River flowing past New Orleans. Spokesman Rene Poche says that Thursday, crews at the Old River Control Structure opened gates at the "Overbank Structure" - one... more »
  • Bridge wreck blocks noon rush traffic on I-10

    March 3, 2015 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Transportation officials reopened two lanes of I-10 West across the Mississippi River Bridge after a wreck just before noon snarled traffic. The wreck happened just past the on-ramp from Nicholson onto the bridge and blocked the right and center lanes. Congestion behind the wreck was... more »
  • Carnival bringing larger cruise ship to New Orleans

    March 3, 2015 10:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Carnival Cruise Lines says it's increasing its cruise capacity in New Orleans by replacing the smaller Carnival Elation ship with the Carnival Triumph. Carnival Triumph will shift from Galveston to New Orleans to launch year-round four- and five-day cruises to Mexico beginning April 4, 2016. On this... more »
  • European cruise giant Viking plans Mississippi River tours

    February 24, 2015 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Viking River Cruises, a major European river cruise company, is coming to New Orleans and the Mississippi River. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Viking officials announced Tuesday that New Orleans will be the first North American home port for the cruise line. Jindal says the move means hundreds... more »
  • South Baton Rouge businesses excited for water campus check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 11, 2015 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Business owners in south Baton Rouge say they can't wait for the new water campus to open. The facility, which will be located on the site of the old city docks, is expected to generate thousands of jobs over the next two decades. Restaurant owner Foudil... more »
  • With police escort, first cars cross bridge 6 hours after crash

    January 30, 2015 2:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic started moving on I-10 late Friday, six hours after a crash closed the interstate completely in one direction and slowed traffic in another. Two 18-wheelers and a motorcycle collided in eastbound lanes just across the East Baton Rouge Parish line on the Mississippi River Bridge... more »
  • Bonfires along river light Christmas sky check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 24, 2014 10:30 PM

    GRAMERCY - A centuries old bonfire tradition lighting the way for Papa Noel along the Mississippi River is getting more explosive than ever. "I don't think we wold do this in California at all," first time spectator Ashley Kim said. About a hundred bonfires along several miles of... more »
  • Mississippi man cited for drowning deer

    December 17, 2014 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Mississippi man has been cited for allegedly drowning a deer in the Mississippi River in Concordia Parish. Sgt. Trey Mason, of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Enforcement Division, says 40-year-old David Hayes, of Natchez, Mississippi, was cited for not possessing non-resident basic hunting and... more »
  • Barge group: Mississippi River closing during harvest

    November 9, 2014 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A trade group for barge shipping says Mississippi River bank reinforcement could be a catastrophe for grain exports. The Army Corps of Engineers is closing a three-mile stretch between Memphis, Tennessee and Greenville, Mississippi, during the day to reinforce a washed-out area. Waterways Council president Mike... more »
  • Public hearings over Morganza spillway this week

    September 30, 2014 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Corps of Engineers scheduled two public hearings this week in south Louisiana to discuss changes to how the Morganza spillway is operated during another possible flood. The spillway was opened in 2011 to help alleviate historic flood conditions on the Mississippi River. After the flood,... more »
  • Search suspended for missing shrimpers

    September 26, 2014 10:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard has suspended its search for two missing shrimpers last seen south of Southwest Pass near the mouth of the Mississippi River. The Coast Guard called off the search Thursday. Authorities say the shrimping vessel Christopher's Joy capsized around 4 p.m. Tuesday throwing the four... more »
  • State leaders sick over sickness scare check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 18, 2014 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A sick ship on the Mississippi River more than a hundred river miles south of the capitol created ripples all to the state's seat Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and the Coast Guard took command when a group of sick crewmen needed assistance aboard the... more »
  • Final phase of Huey P Long Bridge repair begins

    September 3, 2014 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State traffic officials announced the beginning of the final phase of painting and structural steel repairs to the U.S. 190 Mississippi River Bridge on Wednesday morning. The bridge, officially called the Huey P. Long Bridge, connects Baton Rouge with Port Allen and is commonly called the... more »
  • Race on Mississippi returns to Baton Rouge

    August 21, 2014 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The second annual Big River Regional Race on the Mississippi is coming back to Baton Rouge August 30th. The event, hosted by Muddy Water Paddle Company and the Baton Rouge Paddle Club, brings water sport enthusiasts from all over the country to race in a 13-mile... more »
  • Coast Guard re-opens Mississippi River

    August 13, 2014 5:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard Captain re-opened the Mississippi River between mile markers 96 and 98 to all river traffic Wednesday afternoon. The river shut down due to a two vessel collision and oil spill Tuesday near Gretna. According to the Coast Guard, the Maltese-flagged vessel Flag... more »
  • Ships collide on Mississippi River check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 13, 2014 4:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An investigation is underway following a multiple-ship collision on the Mississippi River just outside of New Orleans. The Coast Guard received a report that a Maltese-ship lost power and steering near Gretna. It collided with another ship and barge that were docked at the International Matex... more »
  • Former Marine paddles from Minnesota to Louisiana

    August 7, 2014 3:40 AM

    VENICE - A Marine has completed his trip in a canoe all the way down the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to Louisiana. Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz. He was injured by a roadside bomb and lost friends to combat and suicide. When the Winona, Minnesota,... more »
  • I-10 bridge inspection complete

    August 3, 2014 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - DOTD says the I-10 Mississippi River bridge inspection is complete and is safe to use. Rodney Mallett, DOTD Communications Director, says the inspection was routine and has to be done every two years and that the safety of the bridge was never in question. The... more »
  • Coast Guard suspends search for MS River canoer

    June 10, 2014 11:32 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing canoer, who was possibly last seen canoeing across the Mississippi River. Kevin "rooster" Guy was last seen Friday night. He told friends as he left a concert in Baton Rouge, he was riding his bike to the river... more »
  • Search of river fails to find missing Port Allen canoer

    June 9, 2014 7:46 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The Coast Guard spent Monday searching the Mississippi River for a missing canoer. A helicopter flew above 180 miles of the river and a crew in a boat searched 22 miles on the water looking for "Rooster" Guy. Guy was last seen by a member of a... more »
  • DOTD: new bridge could be beneficial to traffic

    May 22, 2014 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Traffic leaders said they'll likely look at traffic counts and the other data when studying the feasibility of a new bridge over the Mississippi River. The Department of Transportation and Development talked about the proposal Thursday, a day after state lawmakers backed a resolution requesting an additional... more »
  • La. sheriff, FBI investigating racial images found along MS River

    May 8, 2014 5:28 PM

    BELLE CHASSE - The sheriff of one southern parish said Thursday he won't put up with racist behavior, and is looking for people who set up a symbolism of hate along the Mississippi River. A rope with a noose-like knot was hanging from a willow tree along Highway 23.... more »
  • Who is playing in our sandbox?

    May 7, 2014 9:56 AM

    Year after year, storm driven and natural erosion contour and change the Louisiana landscape. Much of the region was initially shaped by sand and silt deposits left behind by the southward flowing Mississippi River. As washouts erode and compact more land while upstream dams block the flow of additional sand,... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Our Big Floods"

    May 6, 2014 5:57 PM

    On this date, three years ago, hydrologists monitored the record rise of the Mississippi River. The National Weather Service's River Flood History posted a timely item. In 1543, Hernando Desoto experienced a 40 day flood near what-is-now, Memphis. In 1788 a hurricane caused severe flooding which also marked the arrival... more »
  • Man accused of killing family still missing

    April 18, 2014 9:04 AM

    GONZALES - Authorities are still searching for the man accused of killing his wife and son Thursday morning. The bodies of 40-year-old Dewona Green and her 12-year-old son were found in their home on Lakeway Cove Ave. Investigators are looking for her estranged husband Ronald Green Jr. in connection... more »
  • Section of Mississippi River reopens following oil spill

    February 24, 2014 2:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard says it is conditionally reopening 40 miles of the Mississippi River from New Orleans upriver, but 25 miles remain closed after oil spilled into the river. Port spokesman Matt Gresham says each vessel's hull must be certified clean of oil before it can move along... more »
  • River traffic backing up after oil spill

    February 24, 2014 11:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard said more than two dozen vessels are waiting to get through the Mississippi River after an oil spill Saturday between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The Coast Guard reopened 40 miles of river with conditions, including the Port of New Orleans, but a... more »
  • Part of Miss. River still closed after oil spill check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 24, 2014 7:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River is still closed Monday morning due to an oil spill. Crews are working to clean up oil from a barge that hit a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.The collision happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie , 47 miles... more »
  • Oil spill closes part of Miss. River in Louisiana

    February 23, 2014 5:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River is closed until further notice while crews clean up oil from a barge that hit a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The collision happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie , 47 miles west of New... more »
  • Autopsy: man was stabbed to death

    December 9, 2013 10:52 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- An autopsy found a man, found dead and dumped near the Mississippi River, was stabbed. Marcus Franklin, 31, was discovered dead about a week after he was reported missing in Baton Rouge. His body was found behind the levee near the ferry dock in Iberville Parish. ... more »
  • Body found along river, identified check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 6, 2013 10:22 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - The dead body found along the Mississippi River in Iberville Parish has been identified as 31-year-old, Marcus Franklin. Earlier this week, a car tied to Franklin was found severely burned in Ascension Parish, according to Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi. Baton Rouge Police say, he was... more »
  • Towboat sinks into Mississippi River

    November 26, 2013 8:08 AM

    LECLAIRE, Iowa - The Coast Guard says a towboat sank in the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities-area community of LeClaire, releasing oil into the water. The Stephen L. Colby struck a submerged object Monday afternoon, which caused the vessel to sink. The Coast Guard says the nine members... more »
  • Meeting on restoring coastal marshes

    October 20, 2013 3:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority plan a public meeting Wednesday on the Louisiana Coastal Area-Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study. The study began in August 2011 and focuses on using freshwater and nutrients from the Mississippi River to restore... more »
  • Hurricane watch canceled for Karen

    October 4, 2013 4:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The National Weather Service canceled a hurricane watch along the Gulf Coast for Tropical Storm Karen Friday afternoon. The National Hurricane Center changed it to a tropical storm watch instead for the New Orleans metro, Lake Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain, and east of the Pearl River's mouth... more »
  • Oil Spill on the Mississippi River

    September 7, 2013 4:18 PM

    CONVENT - The Coast Guard says they are working with a vessel in the Mississippi River to clean up an oil spill. Officials say the spill is coming from a vessel at Yara Terminal Mile 167 stationed in Convent. Yara operators say the crew on board the vessel is... more »
  • Paddleboarding takes over Mississippi River check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 31, 2013 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 13 mile section of the Mississippi River was shut down this morning as the growing sport of paddleboarding took over the river. "At first everyone was scared to death. They were lying if they weren't scared to death," said paddleboarder Mark Salvetti. Nearly 70... more »
  • Hopes are high for a Delta Queen return

    July 29, 2013 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There's a hope along the Mississippi River that the sound of the Delta Queen's three octave calliope will pierce the air along the river. Legislation has moved out of the U.S. House of Transportation Committee allowing the vessel to resume river cruises. The Delta Queen, built in... more »
  • Sunken tugboat pulled from river bottom

    July 10, 2013 6:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An arduous, five-day effort to locate a tugboat and bring it to the surface after it sank in the Mississippi River, interrupting the flow of traffic and commerce for days, has finally come to an end. Crews pulled the sunken 47-foot-long towing vessel from the river and... more »
  • Miss. closes in SE La. for salvage of sunken tug

    July 9, 2013 11:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says it has closed a section of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans so a tugboat that sank over the weekend can be salvaged. Spokesman Jonathan Lally says the river was closed around 6 a.m. Tuesday from mile marker 7.3 to mile marker... more »
  • Miss. River reopens south of New Orleans

    July 8, 2013 8:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - One-way traffic is moving on the Mississippi River while crews search for a sunken tugboat. Although 15 ships were waiting to travel upriver at one point Monday, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash says the queue had been cleared by late morning Authorities don't know why... more »
  • Miss. River closed during search for sunken tug

    July 7, 2013 5:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard has shut down Mississippi River traffic in southeastern Louisiana while searching for a sunken tugboat. Coast Guard Petty Officer Carlos Vega said Sunday that 28 southbound and 22 northbound vessels were anchored and awaiting the river's reopening. Two people aboard the 48-foot tug C-Pec,... more »
  • Carnival ship diverted to Alabama Cruise Terminal

    July 7, 2013 1:05 PM

    MOBILE, Ala.- Carnival Cruise Lines officials say a ship is being diverted from the Mississippi River in New Orleans to the Alabama Cruise Terminal after a tugboat sank on Saturday. Officials say the ship, named The Carnival Conquest, is expected to arrive at the terminal Sunday afternoon as U.S. Coast... more »
  • Miss. River closed during search for sunken tug

    July 7, 2013 11:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard has shut down Mississippi River traffic in southeastern Louisiana near Venice as the search continues for a sunken tugboat. The 48-foot tug "C-Pec" sank Saturday afternoon. The Coast Guard says two people aboard were rescued by a vessel in the area. River traffic was... more »
  • Flipped car causes backup on Miss. River Bridge

    May 22, 2013 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A wreck involving a flipped vehicle caused traffic to back up this morning on the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge. The Department of Transportation and Development reported the wreck on I-10 East flipped a car and forced authorities to close some lanes in both directions.... more »
  • Miss. River still closed after barges hit bridge

    April 22, 2013 9:10 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss.- The Mississippi River remains closed at Vicksburg as authorities work to determine whether a sunken barge was a navigation hazard. Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Gomez says an assessment is underway but it is uncertain when the river will reopen to ship traffic. Gomez says 233 barges are waiting... more »
  • I-10 West back open after wreck closed Miss. River bridge

    April 17, 2013 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities reopened I-10 West this evening after a wreck on the Mississippi River Bridge closed it for more than an hour. The Department of Transportation and Development said several vehicles were involved, including multiple tractor trailers. Traffic was diverted north at the I-10 and I-110... more »
  • Donaldsonville shedding light on history check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 28, 2013 6:14 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - A piece of history along Donaldsonville's Mississippi river front is getting a face-lift. Crescent Park, and the area around the park, will be updated with a new pavilion, a paved plaza, park lighting, trees and a dominant gateway, leading people to downtown. The city will use $780,000... more »
  • Bills call for dredging Miss. River to Baton Rouge

    March 14, 2013 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond want the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Mississippi River deep enough so it can handle the huge cargo ships expected to use the Panama Canal once its expansion is completed next year. The Louisiana Democrats submitted... more »
  • Army Corps reports on 2011 Mississippi River flood

    February 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the near-historic Mississippi River flood of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like no other flood before it. A report released today said the Mississippi River and Tributaries system worked as... more »
  • Person on Miss. River bridge slowing traffic

    February 21, 2013 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police in Baton Rouge removed a woman who was impeding noontime interstate traffic on the Mississippi River Bridge. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said the woman was removed safely from the bridge a short time ago. According to DOTD, westbound I-10 traffic is backed up to the... more »
  • Oil sheen spotted after barge collision on Miss. River

    February 15, 2013 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Coast Guard says a collision between two barges spilled less than 400 gallons of oil into the Mississippi River at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. No injuries were reported after one of the barges struck another that was offloading fuel at a transfer station Thursday night.... more »
  • Oil cleanup resuming at leaking Miss. River barge

    January 31, 2013 2:49 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Vessels are moving cautiously through a section of the Mississippi River where a barge is leaking oil as the Coast Guard tries to ease the economic impact of shutting down one of the nation's vital commerce routes. Chief Petty Officer Paul Roszkowski says officials are allowing northbound... more »
  • Barges testing closed section of Miss. River

    January 30, 2013 11:08 AM

    JACKSON, Miss.- The Coast Guard is letting southbound vessels pass through a closed section of the Mississippi River at Vicksburg to test how they will affect efforts to remove oil from a leaking barge. Chief Petty Officer Paul Roszkowski tells The Associated Press a 16-mile stretch of the river remains... more »
  • Coast Guard: Barge leaked 7,000 gallons of oil

    January 30, 2013 7:03 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - With more than 50 vessels idling on the water for a fourth day, authorities say they still don't know when they will be able to reopen a stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to an oil spill near Vicksburg. Coast Guard Petty Officer... more »
  • Miss. River remains closed after barge accident

    January 29, 2013 6:14 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - The Coast Guard says nearly four dozen vessels are stacked up on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, awaiting clearance as crews work around the clock to clean up an oil spill. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally told The Associated Press early Tuesday workers are skimming oily water... more »
  • Tug boat sinks in Mississippi River check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 18, 2013 11:54 AM

    LAPLACE - The Coast Guard says a tug boat carrying 4,000 gallons of diesel and 100 gallons of lube oil sank in the Mississippi River near LaPlace. Petty Officer Alex Washington tells The Times-Picayune no one was on the vessel at the time and no injuries were reported. Washington... more »
  • Wreck closes I-10 Miss. River bridge

    January 6, 2013 11:16 AM

    UPDATE: All westbound lanes crossing the river are open. Eastbound lanes will be intermittingly closed to remove vehicles involved in crash. BATON ROUGE - A crash this morning closed all lanes of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge into East Baton Rouge Parish. The multi-vehicle crash involves an 18-wheeler... more »
  • Mississippi River drops, threatening barge traffic

    December 27, 2012 2:33 PM

    ST. LOUIS- The Mississippi River's water level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warn that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis. The Coast Guard remains confident that the nation's largest waterway will remain open... more »
  • Annual bonfires will burn despite naughty forecast

    December 24, 2012 5:49 PM

    LUTCHER- An annual Christmas Eve tradition is a go, despite concerns of inclement weather. St. James and St. John parishes will light the bonfires on the Mississippi River levee. There was discussion about cancelling the event because of the severe weather. But, the weather situation is holding-off, and... more »
  • Corps: Ridding Miss. River of rock pinnacles close

    December 14, 2012 6:32 PM

    ST. LOUIS - The Army Corps of Engineers says it's close to shoring up how soon contractors could begin removing treacherous southern Illinois rock formations impeding barge traffic in the drought-plagued Mississippi River. The corps says it has hired Newt Marine Service of Dubuque, Iowa, and Kokosing Construction Co. of... more »
  • Mississippi River dropping slower than expected

    December 5, 2012 7:42 PM

    A bit of a breather for shippers on the Mississippi River as the forecast shows water levels are dropping slower and may not halt barge traffic. At least two companies are already lightening their loads over concerns about the river's depth. The level at St. Louis is 13 feet and... more »
  • Mississippi river dropping slower than expected

    December 5, 2012 2:26 PM

    ST. LOUIS - A revised Mississippi River forecast is offering a bit of a reprieve for shippers, showing the water level isn't dropping as quickly as feared. Still, at least two large barge companies already are reducing loads over concerns about the river's depth. The river at St. Louis on... more »
  • Lawmakers discuss low Miss. River with Corps

    November 29, 2012 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - A top Army Corps of Engineers official told federal lawmakers the agency can't legally reverse its decision to reduce the Missouri River's flow into the rain-starved Mississippi River. But Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy did tell him and senators from Iowa and... more »
  • Low Mississippi River could shutdown traffic

    November 28, 2012 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State leaders are warning there could be dire consequences if something isn't done soon about the water levels in the Mississippi River. In two weeks, a 200 mile section between Missouri and Illinois could shutdown because the levels are too shallow to operate river traffic. "We're... more »

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