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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »
  • Forum: Prepare for Mississippi River changes

    November 12, 2012 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Speakers at a coastal conference say the mouth of the Mississippi River is moving north, and authorities need to prepare for it. Paul Kemp, vice president of the Louisiana Audubon Society's Gulf Coast Initiative, says the changes present opportunities to get more sediment into eroding coastal... more »
  • Two killed in Miss. River Bridge wreck Play Video

    November 2, 2012 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said two people died in a wrong-way wreck which tied up traffic all morning on the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said Alex Dillman, 29, was driving an SUV the wrong way on I-10 East overnight when he struck a Freightliner head-on just... more »
  • Task force holds river counterterrorism drill Play Video

    October 11, 2012 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Joint Task Force 7 held a counterterrorism drill on the Mississippi River to test their inter-agency skills, while neutralizing a simulated terrorist threat. The drill had sheriff's deputies from seven different agencies working together to find a mock bomb strapped to a pillar on the Mississippi... more »
  • Dolphin found dead near Baton Rouge bridge

    October 2, 2012 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Wildlife officials said they will attempt to retrieve a dead dolphin discovered in the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge this week. A spokesperson for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the dolphin was reported yesterday near the Old Mississippi River Bridge, but they couldn't... more »
  • EBRSO: Woman coming down after climbing onto La. 190 bridge

    September 7, 2012 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities said a woman climbed out onto the Highway 190 bridge from East Baton Rouge to West Baton Rouge Parish this afternoon, forcing them to shut the bridge down. EBR Sheriff's Office spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said they were called to the bridge around 4 p.m.... more »
  • ExxonMobil reports minor oil spill in Miss. River

    September 5, 2012 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE -A minor crude oil spill was reported this morning by the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery. Lana Sonnier Venable, ExxonMobil spokeswoman for Baton Rouge, said the spill in the river at its Mississippi River docks is less than five barrels of crude oil and was stopped immediately after... more »
  • Barges moving slowly through Miss. trouble spot

    August 23, 2012 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Shipping is being allowed to move slowly through a stretch of the Mississippi River near Greenville, Miss., that has been a trouble spot as low water caused by drought exposes sand and mud bars. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said on Thursday barges are being allowed... more »
  • Corps: Low Mississippi causes harbor closures

    August 21, 2012 3:32 PM

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say low water levels that are restricting shipping traffic, forcing harbor closures and causing towboats and barges to run aground on the Mississippi River are expected to continue into October. Major Gen. John W. Peabody, commander of the Corps'... more »
  • 11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed

    August 20, 2012 3:55 PM

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The U.S. Coast Guard says 97 boats and barges are waiting for passage along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed because of low water levels. Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets told The Associated Press on Monday that the stretch of river near... more »
  • Midwest drought and low Mississippi River to increase food prices Play Video

    August 13, 2012 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The cost to do business for farmers could trickle down to the consumer as early as the end of this year. Drought conditions in the Midwest and transportations issues on the Mississippi River are making it difficult to grow and ship product. The Mississippi River... more »
  • Mississippi River's depth lowest in years Play Video

    July 17, 2012 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At a depth of 6.4 feet, the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge is the lowest it's been in years, and it's much worse further north. The river's center channel between Baton Rouge and the mouth of the Mississippi River is much deeper, though, ranging between 44... more »
  • UPDATE: All lanes open after I-10 bridge wreck

    July 10, 2012 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A wreck blocked several lanes of I-10 on the Mississippi River bridge during the noon rush today. The Department of Transportation and Development said the center and left lanes of I-10E on the bridge were blocked after the wreck. All lanes were reopened just before 1... more »
  • Arrest made in July 4 bridge shooting

    July 9, 2012 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police in Baton Rouge arrested a man in connection with a shooting that happened on the Mississippi River Bridge July 4, and closed one side of I-10 over the bridge for hours. Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said Eric Jackson, 35, of Port Allen faces charges of attempted... more »
  • I-10 open after shooting shut down traffic

    July 4, 2012 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- All lanes of I-10 Eastbound across the Mississippi River have are now open. Lanes were closed after a shooting near the I-10/110 Junction around 7p.m. Wednesday. A Baton Rouge Police spokesperson said things started with an altercation involving the victim in Port Allen, and led to... more »
  • Body found in Mississippi River in Ascension Parish

    May 12, 2012 2:35 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reports a body was discovered this morning in the Mississippi River. It was recovered near Darrow. A worker at a Geismar Plant made the discovery. Investigators say they believe the body could be a crew member from a Russian cargo ship.... more »
  • More Crawfish Coming?

    May 2, 2012 8:58 AM

    Your platter of crawfish may be served up longer this season if the feds step in. Governor Bobby Jindal has asked the feds to help keep the crawfish industry alive by flooding the Atchafalaya Basin. He wants the Army Corps of Engineers to divert water from the Mississippi River into... more »
  • DOTD studying how to eliminate I-10 traffic jams Play Video

    April 24, 2012 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Department of Transportation and Development has hired a consulting firm to study how to improve traffic conditions on I-10 between the Mississippi River Bridge and the 10/12 Split. DOTD also wants to get some input from drivers and people who live near the interstate to help... more »
  • Corps monitors levees as waters rise on river

    March 28, 2012 8:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - With the Mississippi River rising as it does every spring, the Army Corps of Engineers has begun monitoring the levees along the river. The corps says it has begun patrolling levees up and down the river between Baton Rouge to the mouth of the Mississippi because water... more »
  • High water, extra Mississippi River levee checks

    February 10, 2012 4:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers says it's keeping an eye on Mississippi River levees because the river is high. The twice-weekly checks are a precaution because the water is expected to remain high for a while. The corps said Thursday that patrols began this week for levees... more »
  • Coal freighter grounded in Mississippi River

    January 17, 2012 2:25 PM

    VENICE, La. - The Coast Guard says a coal freighter has run aground near the mouth of the Mississippi River and a tug has been dispatched to free it. The Coast Guard says the 738-foot-long Panamanian-flagged ship ran aground Tuesday morning on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, but... more »
  • Study: Miss. River channel woes huge for economy

    January 10, 2012 2:34 PM

    Associated Press- The U.S. economy faces losing billions of dollars in trade unless the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for dredging the Mississippi River is not increased to prevent the river from silting in. That's according to a new study commissioned by businesses that rely on the river. Every... more »
  • Corps of Engineers to receive millions for levee repairs

    December 30, 2011 3:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers says it's getting $802 million to repair levees and other structures damaged by the historic flooding on the Mississippi River this year - work considered urgent before the next spring flood season starts. With forecasts for another wet spring next year,... more »
  • Black bear found dead in Pointe Coupee Parish

    December 22, 2011 2:20 PM

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents are looking for leads into who may illegally killed a black bear that was found floating in the Mississippi River in Pointe Coupee Parish. Hunters in the area reported the bear to LDWF on Sunday, Dec. 11 near the old ferry landing.... more »
  • I-10 traffic flowing smoothly after morning delays

    December 20, 2011 5:44 AM

    Update: All lanes are open on I-10 West. BATON ROUGE - An accident involving two tractor trailers caused major traffic congestion along I-10 westbound this morning. The accident is now cleared, however delays continued along the interstate for hours. more »
  • Mississippi River threatens electricity in Pointe Coupee Play Video

    December 9, 2011 5:50 PM

    BONANZA LANDING - Pointe Coupee Electric leaders thought as many as 350 homes and camps could lose power before the end of next week because of the rising Mississippi River. That number dropped to about 50 homes and camps late Friday afternoon, according to Joseph Cotten, Jr., the general... more »
  • Sediment shuts down Miss. river at St. Louis

    November 18, 2011 2:11 PM

    ST. LOUIS - Barge traffic on the Mississippi River is at a standstill in both directions near St. Louis as crews scramble to clear sediment that's clogging the waterway. Barges were lined up in a holding pattern near downtown St. Louis at midday Friday. They were expected to... more »
  • Mississippi river levels dropping

    October 17, 2011 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- The Mississippi River is nearly 20 feet below flood stage, in stark contrast with the swollen behemoth it was in May-- nearly ten feet above flood stage. That's because a drought in the mid west means land north of Baton Rouge has soaked up much of the... more »
  • Gambling board agrees to delay BR casino opening

    September 15, 2011 1:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's gambling regulators have agreed to delay the deadline for Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. to wrap up construction of its new $231 million Baton Rouge casino. The Gaming Control Board voted Thursday to give Pinnacle until July 31 to finish building the casino and hotel project,... more »
  • Body found in river believed to be bridge jumper

    August 31, 2011 11:47 AM

    HAHNVILLE - Sheriff's deputies reported that a body found in the Mississippi River this morning is believed to be a man that led authorities on a high-speed chase before jumping off a Gramercy bridge last week. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said the Valero Refinery workers found a... more »

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