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Low Mississippi River water levels may halt barges

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The gentle whir of passing barges is as much a part of life in St. Louis as the Gateway Arch and the Cardinals. It's a constant backdrop to a community intricately intertwined with the Mississippi River. But next month, those barges packing such necessities as coal, farm products and petroleum could instead be parked along the river's banks. The drought that has gripped...