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Largest river system in North America

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Mississippi River: Largest river system in North America
The Mississippi River is the second-longest river and chief river of the second-largest drainage system on the North American continent, second only to the Hudson Bay drainage system. Its source is Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota and it flows generally south for 2,320 miles (3,730 km) to the Mississippi River Delta in the Gulf of Mexico. With its many tributaries, the Mississippi's watershed drains all or parts of 32 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains. The main stem is entirely within the United States; the total drainage basin is 1,151,000 sq mi (2,980,000 km2), of which only about one percent is in Canada. The Mississippi ranks as the fourth-longest and fifteenth-largest river by discharge in the world. The river either borders or passes through the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.


Louisiana to fight coastal erosion

Louisiana plans to save its disappearing coastlines by harnessing the flow of the Mississippi River. (Oct. 3)
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Deep in Trump Country, Democrats Take Aim at Three Governors’ Seats

The political headwinds still work in favor of Republicans, but Democrats are surprisingly competitive in Louisiana, Mississippi and Kentucky.
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Videos for Mississippi River

What The CDC Knows About Vaping-Related Illnesses So Far [Video]What The CDC Knows About Vaping-Related Illnesses So Far

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated their figures concerning vaping-related deaths. California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas , Minnesota, Mississippi, and..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:44Published

Flames, black smoke engulf derailed train in Illinois [Video]Flames, black smoke engulf derailed train in Illinois

A train was on fire in DuPo, Illinois Tuesday, after it derailed just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:55Published


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Flooding, tornado warnings issued for much of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. How to prevent overheating car batteries. Cleaning batteries, getting rid of corrosion and checking acid may help.
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Rain, flooding follow Storm Barry as it spins north from New Orleans

Tropical Storm Barry trudged through northwestern Louisiana on Sunday, dropping up to 15 inches of rain in some places to create life-threatening flood conditions along the Mississippi River.
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Storm Barry moves inland from New Orleans, leaves rain and flooding in its wake

Tropical Storm Barry trudged through northwestern Louisiana on Sunday, threatening tornadoes and dropping up to 15 inches of rain in some places to create life-threatening flood conditions along the..
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Intense rainfall from Barry swamps Louisiana, Mississippi

Barry quickly lost its punch after coming ashore Saturday as the first hurricane of the year. But up to 20 inches of rain may fall as the system moves inland. Omar Villafranca, in Mandeville on Lake..
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Tropical Storm Barry: What to know about Barry's path, hurricane status, timeline and more

Some 14 trillion gallons of rainwater are forecast to fall on Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas during Barry. Three million people may be impacted.
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New Orleans residents on high alert for flooding

New Orleans is below sea level -- and Barry will test the safeguards that the city put in place following the devastation from Hurricane Katrina 14 years ago. Residents felt a sigh of relief after..
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Storm Barry's threat to New Orleans heightened by climate change: scientists

Tropical Storm Barry, which is expected to flood New Orleans and threaten lives along the Mississippi River, is being fueled by warmth in the Gulf of Mexico that was likely exacerbated by climate..
Reuters - Published

New Orleans braces for Mississippi flooding as storm Barry bears down

Some residents and visitors prepared to flee New Orleans on Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry closed in and city officials warned of severe flooding if it makes landfall by early Saturday as the first..
Reuters - Published

Louisiana braces for possible weekend hurricane

A potential tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico presents twin troubles for southeast Louisiana - the possibility that a high Mississippi River will approach the tops of levees and a danger of..
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As potential tropical storm forms, floodwaters swamp New Orleans

Storm system could push already swollen Mississippi River precariously close to tops of levees that protect New Orleans
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Tropical Storm Expected to Form in Gulf as Rain Pounds New Orleans

With the Mississippi already running high, the threat of a storm surge and more heavy rain has New Orleans bracing for flooding when the storm reaches land, expected over the weekend.
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"Sunday Morning" Full Episode 7/7

This week's edition of "Sunday Morning," hosted by Jane Pauley, features Allison Aubrey reporting on hamburgers that are made from plants instead of beef. Plus: Serena Altschul reports on "Beyond the..
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A trip down the mighty Mississippi

From the gentle rising headwaters in Northern Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico over 2,300 miles downstream, Mo Rocca takes a trip on the Mississippi River.
CBS News - Published

Armada of barges cleared for Mississippi River shipments after floods

The upper Mississippi River reopened to barge traffic on Friday as vessels were cleared to ship through St. Louis harbor, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said, and the situation quickly became a logistics..
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Mississippi River flooding creates dire situation in some towns

More historic flooding will ravage the central U.S. into the weekend. Seven million Americans are at risk from rising rivers. Adriana Diaz reports.
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Flooding swamps central US

The middle-section of the country has been experiencing major flooding since mid-March especially along the Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi Rivers.
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Mo. Gov. Parson: Floods happening more often

The swollen Mississippi River is straining levees, snarling traffic and forcing people from their homes as it approaches record levels. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson toured flooded areas Monday in the..
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Downtown Burlington, Iowa, inundated as flood wall fails along Mississippi River

Downtown Burlington, Iowa, was overrun with water after a barrier along the Mississippi River failed Saturday.
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Mississippi River flood is longest-lasting in over 90 years, since 'Great Flood' of 1927

Flooding along portions of the Mississippi River is the longest-lasting flood since 1927, during that year's Great Flood.
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In the Midwest, Heavy Rains, Devastating Floods and ‘Then the Sirens Go’

First came floods across Nebraska and Iowa. Then the Mississippi River rose and rose, threatening towns. And on Wednesday, a series of violent tornadoes tore through the region.
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AP Top Stories May 13 A

Here's the latest for Monday May 13th: Trump economic adviser says tariffs cost Americans money; Pompeo heads to Europe; Fatal shooting outside Trump resort in South Florida; Flooding in Louisiana,..
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Severe weather wallops the South with flooding and hail

Outside New Orleans, the Bonnet Carre Spillway was opened to stop the Mississippi from overflowing levees
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Trump Has a Strong Economy to Proclaim. In Wisconsin, It Just Might Work.

With good job creation and low unemployment, the president may have a winning message — if he can stay on it — in crucial swing counties near the Mississippi River.
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Midwest rains swell Mississippi River

The Army Corps of Engineers is asking to do something unprecedented -- open a historic flood control structure above New Orleans for the second time in one year to ease pressure on city’s levee..
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Suspected tornado hits Arkansas, leaving some people homeless

The severe weather moved eastward Thursday after forcing people from their homes in Kansas, stranding dozens of Texas children at school overnight and straining levees along the surging Mississippi..
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Midwestern Floods Pit Communities Against One Another as Levees Rise Ever Higher

Residents of Grafton, Ill., which has no levee, are being pummeled by flooding from the Mississippi River, again and again. “It’s frightening,” the mayor said.
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Video captures moment levee fails in Davenport

Surveillance video from a riverfront restaurant in Davenport, Iowa, captured the moment when a temporary barrier holding back the swollen Mississippi River broke, sending millions of gallons of..
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Historic Mississippi River flooding could extend into June, experts warn

Flooding along the Mississippi river could persist through the end of the month and even into June as relentless rains continue to saturate the Midwest, forecasters say.
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A floodwall failed in Davenport, Iowa. When restaurant workers went back, they realized it was caught on video

Large amounts of melting snow in the region has raised flood concerns, and rain this week pushed the Mississippi River crest in Davenport to record highs.
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Mississippi River hits record high flooding Iowa street

The Mississippi River hit a record high of 22.64 feet, flooding Davenport, Iowa.
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Mississippi River reaches record level in northern Illinois

The Mississippi River has reached record high levels in the area of Rock Island, Illinois, as melting heavy snowpack coupled with rain has caused widespread flooding, a national hydrologist said on..
Reuters - Published

Flood-swollen Mississippi River closed to shipping at St. Louis: U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard said it closed the Mississippi River near St. Louis to boat and barge traffic on Friday as excessive rains and heavy snow melt this spring swelled the major shipping waterway to..
Reuters - Published

Mississippi River floodwaters at historic level – and rising – in Davenport, Iowa

The river reached 22.64 feet just before noon Thursday, according to the National Weather Service — and it continues to rise.
USATODAY.com - Published

Residents deal with Mississippi River flooding

Iowa, Illinois residents along the Mississippi River fill sandbags to slow rising floodwaters. (May 2)
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Mississippi River rising amid dangerous Midwest flooding

Rescue teams were busy in places like Dearborne, Michigan, where at least 100 homes were left under water
CBS News - Published

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