Mississippi River

This July 20, 2014 photo provided by the National Weather Service in LaCrosse, Wis., shows a massive swarm of mayflies captured on radar as they emerge from the Mississippi River and drift north with the wind.  (AP Photo/National Weather Service)

Radar captures mayfly swarm on Mississippi River

  MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They’ve already been blamed for at least […]

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In this aerial photo, river traffic is halted along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Vacherie, La., due to a barge leaking oil in St. James Parish, La., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Lower Mississippi River back open after oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard reopened a normally bustling stretch of the lower Mississippi River to ships and boaters Monday, two days after an oil spill closed the major inland waterway between Baton […]

02/24/2014

A large excavator is drops a load of limestone boulders from a barge into the gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The huge boulders are being put in place to help rebuild a reef that once filled some 400 acres and now barely exists. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Major oyster reef rebuilding begins on Texas coast

MATAGORDA, Texas (AP) — A deep sea oyster reef restoration being touted as the largest ever in the Gulf of Mexico began in an unlikely place: a quarry in landlocked Missouri. That is where years […]

11/01/2013

C.J. Johnson pulls a shrimp boat out of the water in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Karen, at Myrtle Grove Marina in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Karen threatens US during quiet hurricane season

BRAITHWAITE, La. (AP) — Pickups hauling boat trailers and flatbed trucks laden with crab traps exited vulnerable, low-lying areas of southeast Louisiana on Friday as Tropical Storm Karen headed toward the northern Gulf Coast, a […]

10/04/2013

Workers pump water from the parking lot of the Dadeland Plaza shopping center, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after heavy rains in Pinecrest, Fla., a suburb of Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Karen

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From a tiny, vulnerable island off the Louisiana coast to the beaches of the Florida Panhandle, Gulf Coast residents prepared Thursday for a possible hit from Tropical Storm Karen, which threatened […]

10/03/2013

This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows a low pressure system tracking across the Northern Plains with showers and thunderstorms. Areas of scattered showers are seen over the Ohio Valley and Tennessee Valley. Farther south a tropical disturbance is seen moving into the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Fair weather is seen over the Northeast. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

Tropical Storm Karen forms in the Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Preparations began Thursday along the central Gulf Coast as newly formed Tropical Storm Karen threatened to become the first named tropical system to menace the United States this year. Hurricane and […]

10/03/2013

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Miss. weight record falls as ‘gator season opens

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — During the first weekend of Mississippi’s alligator season a hunting party held the weight record for an alligator taken in the state. But the record only lasted about an hour. Beth […]

09/03/2013

Louisiana state, federal and local law enforcement gather along La. Highway 128 outside a Tensas State Bank branch during a hostage situation in St. Joseph, La., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Man releases 1 of 3 hostages from La. bank

ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) — A man whose family owns a store across the street from a bank branch in rural Louisiana took three bank employees hostage Tuesday, then released one of them nine hours […]

08/13/2013

AP graphic locates site of bank hostage situation in Louisiana.

Gunman takes 3 hostages at north La. bank

ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) — A gunman took three people hostage Tuesday at a bank in rural Louisiana and a state police negotiator was brought in to talk to the man, authorities said. The man, […]

08/13/2013

In this undated photo provided by Brookhaven National Laboratory, a bird’s-eye view of the Muon g-2 ring, 50-foot electromagnet, is ready to be transported across the Brookhaven National Laboratory site on New York's Long Island. (AP Photo/Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Mysterious giant magnet attracts rock-star status

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (AP) — It skipped tolls. It had a Twitter hashtag and a GPS tracker. It even posed for photos with groupies. The 50-foot-wide, 15-ton electromagnet attracted a sensation wherever it went during […]

07/26/2013

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Rising Mississippi River threatening towns

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mississippi River communities scrambling Tuesday to fend off the rain-engorged waterway got discouraging news: More rains looming across much of the nation’s midsection threatened to slow the potential retreat of the […]

06/04/2013

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Crests approaching in several towns in Midwest

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — An all-too-familiar springtime ritual played out around the nation’s heartland this weekend as volunteers, National Guardsmen and even prison inmates joined together in an effort to ward off fast-rising floodwaters. Dangerously […]

04/21/2013

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