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Booking photo of James Watts

S. Illinois Man Due in Court on Deadly Bank Holdup

Watts was arrested May 15, hours after Anita Jo Grace of Olive Branch and Nita Jo Smith of Wickliffe, Kentucky, were found stabbed at Cairo’s First National Bank.

06/10/2014

Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mississippi Rock Removal Effort Moves to New Spot

To keep the channel open, the corps used dredging barges and explosives to remove rock pinnacles in the river near Thebes, Ill.

01/30/2013

Birds Point levee

Levee Repairs Progressing At Birds Point

The corps used explosives at the three points on the levee in May 2011 as floodwaters threatened nearby Cairo, Ill.

01/15/2013

Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Rock Blasting Efforts Commence in Effort to Keep Mississippi River Open

The corps has hired contractors to use explosives to remove the pinnacles that stretch over about six miles near Thebes, Ill.

12/19/2012

Mature corn (Zea mays) in Illinois fields stretch to the horizon on both sides of a rural, dirt road. Illinois is the country's second largest grower of corn, trailing only Iowa in total production. (Getty Images Bruce Leighty)

Illinois Farmers Feel The Mississippi River Pinch

The capacity of barges and the number of barges in tow are down, cutting tonnage by 45 percent, while the cost of fuel, personnel and time is the same.

12/17/2012

Corn plants struggle to survive in a drought-stricken farm field (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Expert Warns That Drought Is Likely To Linger

That is not good news for water levels on the Mississippi River which already threaten to slow down, if not shut down, barge traffic between St. Louis and Cairo, Illinois.

12/11/2012

Severe Drought Threatens Midwest Corn Crops

Illinois Climatologist Expects US Drought Through 2013

The drought has withered crops and lowered the Mississippi River’s levels to a point that could force slowdowns, if not shutdowns, of barge traffic.

12/07/2012

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Illinois State Senator Faces Felony Weapons Charge

State Sen. Donne Trotter was charged Wednesday with a felony count for allegedly trying to board an aircraft with a weapon.

12/05/2012

Mississippi River, KMOX/Brad Choat

Mississippi River Dropping Slower Than Expected

Months of drought have left the Mississippi near historic low levels, a problem worsened last month when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced the outflow from an upper Missouri River dam.

12/05/2012

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Illinois Governor Quinn Urges Army Corps Work On Mississippi

Low water on the river between East St. Louis and Cairo may limit barge traffic, affecting the transportation of grain and coal.

12/03/2012

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