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Army Corps tamps down barge worries on Mississippi

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Efforts taken to keep a crucial stretch of the drought-starved Mississippi River open to barge traffic should be sufficient to avert a shipping shutdown that the industry fears is imminent, Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard officials said Friday. The corps said crews in recent weeks have made "fantastic" progress clearing treacherous bedrock from a channel about 150 miles...

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