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File photo (KMOX/Brett Blume)

Rock Blasting to Begin on Mississippi River

Barge operators along a key stretch of the Mississippi River braced Monday for months of restricted shipping as crews prepared to begin blasting large rock formations that are impeding navigation on the drought-plagued waterway.

12/17/2012

Barge, UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Durbin Coming to East Alton To Discuss River Shipping

U.S. Senator from Illinois announces private gathering with other lawmakers and business leaders on low Mississippi river levels.

12/14/2012

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

Low water levels on Mississippi River near St. Louis could cause barges to stop costing billions

Plan to Pipe Missouri River Water to Colorado

Along with the debate over whether to send more water down the Missouri River for navigation purposes, enter Colorado in the picture.

12/11/2012

Mississippi River

Coast Guard: Mississippi River Won’t Shut Down

A spokesman said there will be dredging operations on the river that will allow for deep enough channels, regardless of how low the water gets.

12/10/2012

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Trade Organization Says Blasting is Too Little Too Late

The Army Corps will begin blasting rock pinnacles on the river to increase water flow, and now The American Waterways Operators says that blasting won’t happen soon enough.

12/07/2012

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US Drought Levels Off After 2 Weeks of Worsening

A new report shows that the nation’s worst drought in decades has leveled off last week after worsening during the two previous weeks.

12/06/2012

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

Photo: Getty Images

Missouri Farmers Fight Rise In Hay Thefts

Missouri Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst says thieves are actually targeting those big bundles of hay that are left out in fields prior to being harvested.

12/03/2012

Corn farmer Mike Campbell of Edwardsville shows how high it should be in August

Rain Is A Bittersweet Victory For Illinois Farmers

The harvest advanced from 80 to 87 percent, as farmers switched to soybeans or were kept out of the fields by rain.

10/16/2012

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