Mississippi River

Rob Canning, WKMS

Gov. Matt Bevin says that in order for Kentucky to bolster economic development opportunities, more ‘shepherds’ need to come forward and take charge.  

Bevin opened the first WAVE Confluence in Hickman County Monday.  

2008 National Park Service

Kentucky’s Governor and state and regional economic leaders will be on hand at the first WAVE Confluence in far western Kentucky this month.

WAVE, or the Western Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy, is a four-county collaborative working to reverse job loss in Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton and Hickman Counties by promoting the area’s biggest resource: the Mississippi River.  

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

An Army veteran from Clarksville plans to travel the length of the Mississippi River by canoe for personal growth and to raise funds for fellow veterans. 

Allison Crawford, WKMS

County and economic development officials of Kentucky’s four western river counties are collaborating to develop a regional economic development initiative driven by the Panama Canal expansion. The expansion, which is set complete next month, is expected to significantly increase container shipping along the Mississippi River.

Allison Crawford

Farmers, fishermen, business owners, park managers and government officials from Kentucky counties along the Mississippi River met Thursday at Columbus-Belmont State Park for a National Geographic workshop on geotourism, which focuses on the distinctive geographical character of a place. 

The rare winter floodwaters that have already claimed the lives of 18 people in Missouri are continuing to swell, prompting the evacuation of several towns along the Mississippi River. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has activated the National Guard to help fight the floods.

Joseph Leahy of St. Louis Public Radio, citing the governor's office, reports that 12 of the flood-related deaths were caused by vehicles being swept from inundated roadways.

The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing efforts to clean up an oil spill along a stretch of the Mississippi River near Columbus, Ky., after two tow boats — one carrying about 1 million gallons of a potentially toxic petroleum product — collided earlier this week.

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The Mississippi River near Columbus, Ky. remains closed to traffic following a Wednesday night tow boat collision that dumped more than 120,000 gallons of waste oil into the waterway.

Assessment and clean-up is underway, but it’s a complicated process compared to cleaning up an oil spill in the ocean.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has shut down a portion of the Mississippi River after a tow boat collision last night released and what could be thousands of gallons of clarified slurry oil into the water. The slurry oil is a partially refined product used in gasoline production.  The Coast Guard reports up to 250,000 gallons could have been released at the crash site near Columbus, Kentucky.

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

The U.S. Coast Guard has shut down a section of the Mississippi River south of Paducah, Ky., after two tow boats collided, causing an oil spill of unknown size.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said that the collision occurred Wednesday at 8:22 p.m. at Mile Marker 937, just north of Columbus, Ky.