1st black priest in US, ex-slave, positioned for sainthood

U.S. 06/12/19, 15:58

Pope Francis has positioned for sainthood a former slave and the first known black Roman Catholic priest in America.The pontiff on Wednesday declared the Rev. Augustine Tolton, of Quincy, to be "venerable." The Diocese of Springfield announced that the designation ...

Mississippi River spillway opening cut by 4/5ths

U.S. 06/05/19, 16:52

Plans for opening a Mississippi River spillway in Louisiana have been cut back dramatically because the river is rising more slowly than expected.The Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to release 20 percent of the water originally planned through ...

Floodwaters test sandbag fortifications around Missouri

U.S. 06/05/19, 16:30

The flooding Missouri and Mississippi rivers were testing sandbag fortifications Wednesday as surging waters making their way downstream rose to some of their highest levels in more than two decades in parts of Missouri.The Missouri River had been projected to ...

Mississippi River spillway opening postponed to June 6

U.S. 05/30/19, 16:26

Plans to open a Mississippi River spillway in Louisiana for the third time ever have been put off for four days because the river's rising more slowly than expected.The Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release Thursday that ...

No end seen to struggle as Mississippi flood enters month 4

U.S. 05/29/19, 08:13

Larry Walls should have been out working in his fields last week. Instead, his John Deere tractor is parked on high ground, just beyond the reach of the ever-encroaching floodwaters in the southern Mississippi Delta.Four months into what seems like ...

Update: 2 bodies found in flooded car near St. Louis

U.S. 05/24/19, 16:48

The Latest on tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Authorities in suburban St. Louis are investigating after the bodies of two people, a man and a woman, were pulled from a car submerged in floodwater. The Missouri State ...

Missouri River causes new problems in areas levees broke

U.S. 05/10/19, 08:13

The Missouri River is causing new problems in a flood-battered part of northwest Missouri where levees were busted in March.The rain-swollen waterway has again inundated the tiny village of Big Lake in Holt County, where some residents were beginning to ...

Officials seek to open major spillway on Mississippi River

U.S. 05/09/19, 15:42

Army Corps of Engineers officials in Louisiana aim to open a historic flood control structure above New Orleans on Tuesday for an unprecedented second time in one year. "It's an unprecedented amount of water that's coming down," David Ramirez, chief of ...

Severe storms tear roof from Arkansas apartment complex

U.S. 05/09/19, 08:25

Several people were injured when a possible tornado tore the roof off an Arkansas apartment building, part of a powerful line of thunderstorms that was dumping more rain Thursday on already drenched areas throughout the nation's midsection. The severe weather moved ...

Midwest downpours prompt more evacuations, flash flood fears

U.S. 05/08/19, 16:17

Rain swamping the nation's midsection forced people from their homes in Kansas, stranded dozens of Texas children at school overnight and strained levees along the surging Mississippi River in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere Wednesday prompting yet more flash flood concerns. The ...

Latest: Interstate reopens weeks after flooding closed it

U.S. 05/08/19, 14:10

The Latest on spring flooding across midsection of the U.S. (all times local): 2:05 p.m. A stretch of interstate highway in northwestern Missouri is open again for the first time since floodwaters shut it down in March. Marcus Gilbert, center, tosses a sandbag ...

Update: Sandbagging seeks to save Missouri levee

U.S. 05/07/19, 11:06

The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local):11 a.m.Residents of a small Missouri town are busy sandbagging yet another levee being threatened by the seemingly ceaseless flood of 2019.A vehicle drives through Mississippi River flood water in downtown ...

More heavy rainfall adds to Midwestern flooding problems

U.S. 05/07/19, 07:07

Another round of rain has led to more flash flood watches across the Midwest.The National Weather Service issued the watches Tuesday for parts of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. And communities along the Mississippi River remained under flood ...

Midwest rivers recede, but flooding danger lingers

U.S. 05/06/19, 15:31

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The swollen Mississippi River and its tributaries were receding in many flood-ravaged communities on Monday, but concerns remained high because of the threat of heavy rain over the next few days. The Mississippi’s levels slowly fell north ...

Crests aside, more rain means more worries for river towns

U.S. 05/04/19, 13:22

Rainfall in the coming days could raise water levels in the Mississippi River higher than expected and lead to more flooding, the National Weather Service at St. Louis said Saturday. At some points, including Davenport, Iowa, the past week's levels were ...

Update: Coming rounds of rains hold key to flooding

U.S. 05/04/19, 11:23

The Latest on flooding along the Mississippi River (all times local):11:30 a.m.The National Weather Service at St. Louis says rain in the coming days will determine whether Mississippi River levels will rise more than expected.An aerial photo of Davenport, Iowa, ...

Officials: Actions in wake of ’93 flood ease flood damage

U.S. 05/03/19, 16:19

When the Mississippi River reached record levels 26 years ago, the overflowing water covered 400,000 square miles (1 million square kilometers) and caused dozens of deaths. This week, though, when the river exceeded those levels in parts of the Midwest, ...

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