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  • Coast Guard, good Samaritans help burning ship in the gulf

    January 16, 2017 2:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard and good Samaritans are responding to a vessel that caught fire 150 miles south of Southwest Pass Monday morning. Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received a report at 3:28 a.m. from the National Command Center of an electrical fire... more »
  • Barge spills 500 gallons of diesel into Mississippi River

    January 3, 2017 10:36 AM

    RESERVE - A barge spilled about 500 gallons of diesel oil into the Mississippi River during a fuel transfer in Reserve, upstream from New Orleans. United States Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dochtermann tells NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune that a fuel line burst while transferring diesel Monday evening. The Coast Guard said in... more »
  • Report: Deepen Mississippi River for bigger cargo ships

    December 13, 2016 10:05 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers says the Mississippi River should be dredged so three southeast Louisiana ports can accept the bigger cargo ships built to take advantage of the Panama Canal's expansion. Many other U.S. ports either already have completed similar projects or are trying to get... more »
  • Body could be of missing US Army Corps of Engineers employee

    November 7, 2016 10:05 AM

    HAHNVILLE - Authorities in Louisiana are trying to determine if a body recovered from the Mississippi River belongs to a missing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Local news organizations report that the body was discovered Sunday morning by workers on a barge. The St. Charles Parish... more »
  • Good Samaritan recovers body of man who fell into Mississippi River

    July 19, 2016 11:28 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - The body of a missing man who fell into the Mississippi River has been recovered. The Coast Guard said that Ambarish Parekh's body was recovered by a good Samaritan recovered Parekh's body in the water and transferred him to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office The Coast Guard... more »
  • Delta Queen closer to cruising after Senate committee vote

    June 29, 2016 2:46 PM

    ST. LOUIS - An effort to get the legendary Delta Queen riverboat back up and running on the Mississippi River and its tributaries has gotten a boost from the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. The committee on Wednesday agreed to reinstate an exemption for the 89-year-old vessel, which has been docked... more »
  • Mississippi River coalition gains pledges to protect rivers

    June 3, 2016 11:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A coalition of mayors of cities and towns along the Mississippi River says it has added new organizations to an international pledge to protect the world's rivers in the face of threats from climate change and population growth. The Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative says new... more »
  • Body of 1 of 2 missing fishermen found in Mississippi River

    April 23, 2016 3:29 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Authorities say the body of a Mississippi fisherman who had been missing for more than a month has been found in the Mississippi River in Louisiana. James Lee, the coroner in Mississippi's Adams County Coroner, says the body of 26-year-old Joshua Wilson was recovered Friday. Authorities were... more »
  • Human remains found in St. Gabriel identified

    April 21, 2016 3:14 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- The human remains discovered along the levee bank in St. Gabriel last week are those of a 38-year-old woman who jumped off the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge in February. Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said Thursday that the LSU FACES Lab confirmed that the woman was... more »
  • Mississippi River levee repairs limit high water problems

    March 28, 2016 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the $450 million spent on repairing levees after the 2011 Mississippi River flood has paid dividends this year, allowing the 2016 winter flood to come and go with little damage expected. Mark Wingate, deputy district engineer for project management with the... more »
  • Port of New Orleans looking at former Avondale Shipyard

    March 22, 2016 8:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Port of New Orleans is looking at whether a portion of the former Avondale Shipyard on the Mississippi River could be put to use as a breakbulk cargo terminal. The 260-acre shipyard closed 15 months ago. Officials say the site was designed for building ships, not moving... more »
  • Mississippi River levels require levee inspections from Baton Rouge to Venice

    March 21, 2016 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began phase II of flood inspections along the Mississippi River on Monday. The phase begins after the river rose 15 feet at the Carrollton gage in the New Orleans District. The phase II activation applies to levees along the Mississippi River from... more »
  • Roads closed, traffic gridlocked as storms pass through Baton Rouge

    March 10, 2016 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As severe weather passes over Baton Rouge, drivers traveling on the interstates can expect to have serious traffic delays. DOTD officials say a stalled tractor trailer blocked the left lane on I-10 west on the Mississippi River Bridge. Congestion from that incident backed up traffic to... more »
  • Corps checking some levees twice a week

    March 7, 2016 1:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers has begun twice-weekly checks of Mississippi River levees south of Baton Rouge because the river is 11 feet and rising at New Orleans. Spokesman Ricky Boyett (boy-ET) says the patrols are a standard precaution under these conditions. Other precautions include a ban... more »
  • State monitoring oil spill in Mississippi River

    February 8, 2016 11:12 AM

    NATCHEZ, Miss. - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is on the ground monitoring the site where a damaged barge may have leaked oil slurry last month. The Natchez Democrat reports the leak happened after a barge carrying oil slurry struck one of the Mississippi River bridge's support piers Jan.... more »
  • LEAN seeks more information on handling of mercury release

    February 4, 2016 3:10 PM

    CONVENT - A Louisiana environmental non-profit organization wants more information from a St. James facility and state agency about the handling of a mercury release concern. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network tells Noranda Alumina and previous owner, Kaiser Aluminum Corp., in a notice of intent to sue letter that... more »
  • Finally, Mississippi drops below flood stage

    February 4, 2016 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - For the first time in 31 days, the Mississippi River has dropped below flood stage. Thursday morning, the river was just lower than flood stage of 35 feet in Baton Rouge. It crested at 43.5 feet between January 18th and 21st. The rising river required... more »
  • Coast Guard investigates tanker crash on Mississippi River

    February 3, 2016 8:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard is investigating an accident on the Mississippi River involving an empty oil tanker. The Coast Guard said in a news release that the Nordbay, a 62,000-ton tanker, struck the Jefferson Parish water intake just up river from New Orleans on Tuesday night. The vessel was... more »
  • I-10W reopened after truck loses load on bridge

    January 29, 2016 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials shut down the westbound side of I-10 over the Mississippi River bridge after a truck loaded with steel construction materials lost its load. DOTD shut the interstate down at the I-10 / I-110 split in order to divert traffic to US-190. The ramp from... more »
  • Span of Mississippi River near Hahnville reopened after barge capsize

    January 27, 2016 3:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard announced they’ve reopened a stretch of the Mississippi River near Hahnville that was closed to traffic after a barge capsized. The span of river that was affected was from mile marker 127 to mile marker 129. The Mississippi was closed in that area... more »
  • Barge collision closes Mississippi River near Hahnville

    January 26, 2016 6:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard say they’re responding to yet another barge collision between two towing vessels near mile marker 129 on the Mississippi River near Hahnville. The Mississippi River has been closed from mile marker 126 to mile marker 131, according to the Guard. The Coast... more »
  • Corps of Engineers begins closing bays at Bonnet Carre Spillway

    January 25, 2016 12:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Members of the U. S. Corps of Engineers started closing bays along the Bonnet Carre Spillway Monday as water levels in the Mississippi River began to slowly return to normal. The Corps opened 210 bays of the Spillway on Jan. 10 to divert water from the... more »
  • New Orleans police: Body found floating in Mississippi River

    January 25, 2016 5:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Police in New Orleans are investigating after they say a body was found floating in the Mississippi River. Police say the body of an unidentified man was discovered shortly after 5 p.m. Officials have not yet publicly identified the man, and did not immediately release any further details.... more »
  • Coast Guard reopens stretch of Miss. River near Plaquemines Parish

    January 22, 2016 11:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says they reopened the Mississippi River to one-way traffic for a stretch of the river near West Pointe à la Hache Thursday night. Vessels planning to travel the area from mile marker 50 to mile marker 52 should contact the tow vessel Kyle... more »
  • Coast Guard response to breakaway barges near Plaquemines Parish continues

    January 21, 2016 12:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard is still responding to a barge breakaway involving 22 vessels that happened on the Mississippi River near West Pointe à la Hache Wednesday. The river remains closed between mile markers 50 and 53 with the Guard overseeing operations to assess the location of... more »
  • 22 barge breakaway closes stretch of Mississippi River

    January 20, 2016 6:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says they’re responding to a 22 barge breakaway on the Mississippi River near West Pointe à la Hache. The Guard reports all 22 barges were loaded with coal and petroleum coke when they broke free at mile marker 54 on the river. ... more »
  • Mississippi River pilots await decision on raises

    January 20, 2016 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's chemical industry and two groups of Mississippi River ship pilots will wait to find out what happens to raises that would lift the pilots' pay more than $50,000 by 2019 to $473,692. Following a two-hour period, District Court Judge Janice Clark said she plans a... more »
  • PHOTOS: flooding Mississippi River reaches crest

    January 19, 2016 10:43 AM

    Aerial photos of the Baton Rouge area are coming into the WBRZ Weather Team as the Mississippi River is cresting. While the river is leveling off at many regional gauges, it will not recede very quickly. Water can be seen inundating river plain north and west of Baton Rouge.... more »
  • Mississippi River crests in Baton Rouge

    January 19, 2016 8:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The rising Mississippi River has crested Baton Rouge at a slightly lower than expected level of 43.3 feet. But officials said Monday the high water is expected to stick around for a while. Forecasting how long the river will remain above flood stage is difficult because there are... more »
  • Mississippi River cresting this week Play Video

    January 18, 2016 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The swollen Mississippi started cresting Monday. At Red River Landing, the river crested at 60 1/2 feet, 12 feet above flood stage. In downtown, the crest is forecast to happen Tuesday ten feet above the 35-foot flood stage. " It was pretty amazing watching it... more »
  • Plaquemine Ferry to suspend service Monday due to Miss. River levels

    January 15, 2016 1:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials announced Friday that Plaquemine Ferry service will be suspended starting Monday due to high Mississippi River stages. LA DOTD said they will be monitoring the conditions of the river closely over the weekend, and in the event that the river rises to a level... more »
  • Coast Guard investigating Mississippi River barge collision at New Orleans

    January 15, 2016 9:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard reports they are responding to a barge collision at mile marker 95 on the Mississippi River, close to the Crescent City Connection Bridge in New Orleans on Friday. Officials say a tow vessel named Lucia collided with barges located at Stone Fleet at... more »
  • Areas in West Feliciana parish flooded

    January 14, 2016 6:37 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - High water in West Feliciana Parish as a result of Mississippi River flooding has parish officials on standby. The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office told News 2 they are monitoring water levels 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "Most of the properties that have been... more »
  • Barges hit railroad bridge at Vicksburg, 3rd day straight

    January 14, 2016 11:35 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - For the third day in a row, barges have hit a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River near Vicksburg. The Coast Guard says it's evaluating ways to reduce the chance of future accidents, after three in three days. A news release says the barges all... more »
  • Cold winter water cuts Mississippi flood stages

    January 13, 2016 6:38 PM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - Flood forecasters say Mississippi River crest predictions continue to fall in part because cold water and sand are more compact than the warmer water of a spring flood. National Weather Service hydrologist Marty Pope said Wednesday that means more water can move through the river's channel... more »
  • Edwards heads upriver for flood briefings

    January 13, 2016 11:30 AM

    VIDALIA, La. - For his second day on the job, Gov. John Bel Edwards headed to briefings on flood fighting efforts along the Mississippi River. State emergency managers briefed the new governor on current operations along the Mississippi River as well as future concerns and plans for flooding along... more »
  • Two barge collisions with bridges reported along flooding Mississippi

    January 12, 2016 12:20 PM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - Two barges carrying coal down the Mississippi River sank Tuesday after colliding with a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, the second such collision in less than 24 hours according to the Coast Guard. WAPT-TV reported 22 barges containing coal were headed south down the Mississippi when they... more »
  • Army Corps of Engineers: Opening Morganza Spillway not necessary Play Video

    January 11, 2016 3:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers says it won't need to open the Morganza Floodway to draw down the Mississippi River's crest. This will be a relief for homeowners and farmers in the spillway. On Monday the corps said forecasts on the Mississippi's crest and flow rate... more »
  • Coast Guard issues Western Rivers high water closures, restrictions

    January 11, 2016 1:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard announced a number of river closures, restrictions and other advisories Monday as a part of ongoing response efforts to Midwest flooding. A press release from the 8th District details all closures and restrictions throughout this period of high water and flooding with the... more »
  • Mississippi River hits crest in Tunica and Helena

    January 10, 2016 5:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The National Weather Service says the Mississippi River was cresting Sunday at Tunica, Mississippi, and Helena, Arkansas. Crest is predicted to happen Tuesday in Arkansas City, Arkansas; Wednesday in Greenville, Mississippi; Friday in Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Saturday in Natchez, Mississippi. In Vicksburg and Natchez, low-lying areas have... more »
  • Bonnet Carre Spillway opened to ease Mississippi River levels Play Video

    January 10, 2016 2:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway after heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising river water stages. The Corps opened the spillway Sunday morning to divert river water into Lake Pontchartrain. The opening will help keep the volume of Mississippi... more »
  • Jindal holds command group meeting to discuss possible flooding Play Video

    January 8, 2016 2:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal held a Unified Command Group meeting with state agency leaders and emergency response officials Friday to assess current and future response efforts to flooding of the Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River. Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards and his incoming team were present at the... more »
  • Bonnet Carre Spillway to be opened Sunday morning Play Video

    January 7, 2016 7:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising Mississippi River water stages and flow have prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to decide to open the Bonnet Carré Spillway this Sunday morning. The spillway opening is to keep the volume of the river flows at... more »
  • Corps warns opening Morganza is likely after Jan. 11th Play Video

    January 6, 2016 8:47 PM

    MORGANZA - At a meeting Wednesday night with people who live near a flood control structure north of Baton Rouge, the Army Corps. of Engineers warned the floodgates may need to be opened. The US Army Corp says #MississsippiRiver will likely force them to open the Morganza Floodgates... more »
  • Daily levee inspections begin along Mississippi River Play Video

    January 6, 2016 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Daily levee inspections of the Mississippi River levees have begun as the river continues to rise. This morning, the Pontchartrain Levee District began monitoring the levees daily and checks around the clock are about to start. Already, seepage from the river is occurring in some neighborhoods... more »
  • Sandbags, Guard members head out to prepare for flooding

    January 6, 2016 4:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana National Guard mobilized dozens of members and began moving equipment around to flood-prone areas of the state as river levels continue to rise. Guard officials said 70 people have been mobilized so far, and more are expected to be activated in the coming days.... more »
  • Bonnet Carre Spillway could be opened by Saturday Play Video

    January 5, 2016 5:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Representatives with the Army Corps of Engineers said they're prepared to recommend the Bonnet Carre Spillway be opened fully by the end of the week. The recommendation could be made as early as Wednesday, according to Colonel Rick Hansen of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.... more »
  • Corps to discuss flood threat Tuesday

    January 4, 2016 2:21 PM

    MORGANZA - People here and in other floodways should expect their annual warning in the mail from the Army Corps of Engineers. The corps said Monday, it disseminated its yearly memo to residents and landowners, reminding them that floodways along the Mississippi River could be activated in a high... more »
  • Police: body apparently dragged 6 miles in hit-and-run

    January 3, 2016 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a driver apparently hit a pedestrian in the city's French Quarter and dragged the body more than 6 miles, crossing a Mississippi River bridge to the other side. Police say a driver found the disfigured body about 3:30 a.m. Friday in the road... more »
  • West Feliciana braces for flooding Play Video

    December 31, 2015 5:04 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - People in West Feliciana Parish are watching close and gearing up as Mississippi River flood waters continue to flow south. For the past week Missouri has dealt with heavy flooding. In West Feliciana you can see the river rising, and even some tourists have stopped by to... more »
  • High water warning issued for lower Mississippi River

    December 31, 2015 1:01 PM

    MEMPHIS - The Coast Guard issued a high water safety warning Thursday for the Lower Mississippi River after heavy rains and flooding further up the river system. Capt. Timothy Wendy, commander of that stretch of that river for the USCG, issued the warning due to rising water levels as... more »
  • Flood control structure opened along Mississippi

    December 30, 2015 4:26 PM

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says its opening a flood control structure roughly 50 miles northwest of Baton Rouge as Louisiana deals with a rising Mississippi River. The Old River Overbank Structure is part of the Old River Control Complex that distributes water between the Mississippi and the... more »
  • Gov. Jindal declares state of emergency ahead of imminent Miss. River flooding

    December 30, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal issued a state of emergency as the threat of flooding along the Mississippi River, Red River and other bodies of water in the state looms. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning along the length of the Mississippi River with predicted... more »
  • Steamship supporters seek exemption to resume cruises

    December 28, 2015 1:29 PM

    HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. - Supporters of the Delta Queen say they'll continue working to get Congress to approve an exemption that would allow the historic steamship to resume offering cruises on the Mississippi River. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports legislation for the exemption from federal fire safety laws was bogged... more »
  • November 20, 2015 Morning News Pop Play Video

    November 20, 2015 7:04 AM

    Here are today's top stories: 1 person taken to the hospital in shooting on Monet Drive Long list of projects could mean a new bridge in 30 years Many key positions up for grabs in Saturday's election Frosty cold front to cross Louisiana Updates all... more »
  • November 17, 2015 Morning News Pop Play Video

    November 17, 2015 8:14 AM

    Here are today's top stories: Jindal issues order to halt refugee resettlement in La. Police scratching their heads at car on guardrail Man swimming Mississippi River to raise money for famililies of fallen service members Heavy rain, severe storms possible in Louisiana, Mississippi Updates all... more »
  • USDA invests $30M to improve Mississippi River Basin

    November 4, 2015 8:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest $30 million in 33 new projects and 40 existing ones to improve the Mississippi River Basin's water quality. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a news release Tuesday, said the projects reduce loss of nutrients and sediment to... more »
  • All lanes reopen after crash on LA-1 S

    October 15, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All lanes are now open on LA-1 South on the Intercoastal Canal Bridge in Port Allen following an earlier accident. Traffic from the crash has backed up Essen Road on both I-10 and I-12 Westbound in Baton Rouge. Drivers are advised to use US-190 West as an... more »
  • 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 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 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 »

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