Mississippi River

August 15, 2018 - 10:35 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Giant cranes loading and unloading gargantuan barges. Oil tankers, supply vessels and pipelines serving a vital energy industry. Flood control structures. Chemical plants. Cruise ships. Drinking water sources. All computer-reliant and tied in some way to the internet. All of them...
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July 31, 2018 - 2:36 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists say this year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is surprisingly small but the oxygen-depleted water rose higher toward the surface than usual. Tuesday's report describes the fourth-smallest area ever measured where water at and above the sea floor off Louisiana holds too...
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April 17, 2018 - 3:10 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Scientists working on new ways to battle the erosion that threatens Louisiana's coastline have a dramatic new tool: a massive replica of the lower Mississippi River. The Louisiana State University's Center for River Studies is home to the newly opened Lower Mississippi...
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April 15, 2018 - 5:28 am
State officials have talked about spending billions of dollars on redirecting sediment carried by the Mississippi River to rebuild the state’s vanishing coast, but a study out of Tulane says the diversions will produce new land, but not fast enough. "We see that what the system is capable of...
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Chris Miller
April 12, 2018 - 1:30 pm
A fuel spill on the Mississippi River fouled the water and the air as thousands filled Woldenberg Park on the New Orleans riverfront for French Quarter Festival. A strong petrochemical odor was noticeable in the park. The Coast Guard says a cargo ship hit a pier and spilled 4,200 gallons of diesel...
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Don Ames
April 09, 2018 - 7:17 am
The Port of New Orleans continues to grow as a cruise hub.​ Tourists and locals alike are taking to the seas and rollin' on the river. "We are on pace to surpass our 2017 milestone for cruise passengers," says Donnell Jackson, Media Relations Manager for the port. "In 2017, we saw more than 1.15...
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Chris Miller
March 30, 2018 - 11:12 am
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today announced that the Mississippi River at the Red River Landing has dropped enough to shut down the last of the open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. "The Spillway’s 12th operation began March 8 and continued for another 21 days," said Corps spokesman Matt Roe...
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March 25, 2018 - 1:39 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The U.S. Coast Guard has responded to a barge leaking biodiesel on the lower Mississippi River near New Orleans. A U.S. Coast Guard release says a report was received around 6 a.m. Sunday of the uninspected towering vessel Dixie Express with two loaded red flag barges moored at...
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March 13, 2018 - 8:30 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has identified two men missing from a tugboat that sank Monday in the Mississippi River. Multiple news outlets report the men were identified as Malon Dawsey and Karl Prince and were still listed as missing Tuesday. A third person, whose name was not...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
March 12, 2018 - 8:52 pm
A boat capsized in the Mississippi, sending thee crew members into the water. It happened after the tug reportedly crashed into an anchored ship. "New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting three persons in the water following a collision on the Mississippi River,"...
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