Photos: Rivers rise in soggy South as days of rain flood roads

U.S. 02/22/19, 18:53

A soggy South saw floodwaters push into homes and submerge highways Friday as a week of relentless rain continued to pound the Mississippi and Tennessee valleys. Saturday could be worse across parts of eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee, with forecasters predicting inches more rain and a strong chance of ...

Mississippi sues federal government over river flooding

U.S. 02/11/19, 19:31

The state of Mississippi on Monday sued the federal government, claiming a dam complex in Louisiana that keeps the Mississippi River from changing course is harming state land.The suit seeks at least $25 million in damages and touches on one of the most sensitive engineering questions in the nation — ...

92-year-old Eola Hotel being restored, updated in Natchez

U.S. 01/19/19, 08:26

A noted hotel in a Mississippi River town is undergoing a transformation, years after closing.The Natchez Democrat reports the Eola Hotel In Natchez shut in 2014 after a Virginia attorney bought the building. It is being remodeled into a 70- to 80-room hotel.Project engineer Keyla Carney says people ask her ...

Update: Midwest winter storm turns deadly on roads

U.S. 01/12/19, 15:35

The Latest on a winter storm sweeping across parts of the Midwest this weekend (all times local):2:35 p.m.The Illinois State Police says that troopers along the Mississippi River across from St. Louis have responded to more than 100 traffic collisions during the winter storm that's rolling through the Midwest.Trooper John ...

Toot! Toot! New riverboat to ride Mississippi in New Orleans

U.S. 01/02/19, 03:04

Few experiences capture old New Orleans and the Mississippi River quite like a paddlewheel riverboat coming round the muddy bend with its tooting whistle horn, towering smoke stacks and water-churning propeller.This month the first new riverboat in more than a decade is set to launch in this Louisiana port city. ...

Missourians want action over too-high Illinois levee

Enviroment 12/26/18, 13:49

Missouri landowners and environmentalists are urging a federal agency to sanction a levee district on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, arguing that the earthen barrier has been built above its authorized height, worsening flooding for its neighbors.Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, a river conservation organization based in St. Louis, ...

Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds

Texas 10/17/18, 05:16

Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren't quite certain why.Tornado activity is increasing most in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, ...

Convicted Chicago officer moved to Western Illinois jail

U.S. 10/09/18, 12:31

The white Chicago police officer convicted of murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald has been moved to a Western Illinois jail and will remain there while he awaits sentencing.Rock Island County Sheriff Berry Bustos tells the Chicago Tribune that Jason Van Dyke arrived Tuesday afternoon ...

Elgin apple company big player in Minnesota’s apple industry

Business 10/06/18, 01:15

Fred Wescott never planned on a career in apples.But a family orchard and a call to help market apples more effectively for local growers put him on a path to create a new company and consolidate apple distribution along the Upper Mississippi River region."I wasn't planning on being in the ...

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