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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri officials say freight already has started moving again on the Missouri River - even before the official start of the shipping season.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says that cement, fertilizer and other freight was being transported on the river this week. The U.S. Coast Guard is to place navigational buoys on the waterway April 1.

State transportation officials say their goal is to boost the amount of products moved by barge on the Missouri River. About 334,000 tons of freight was transported on the river last year, up about 24 percent from 2009.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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