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Army Corps moves forward on scheduled rock blasting

Dec 18, 2012
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The Army Corps of Engineers will begin blasting Mississippi River rock outcrops later today, and the rocks could impede barge traffic south of Cape Girardeau near Thebes, Illinois.

Corps officials originally planned to start this work in late January. Instead, they began this weekend. Contractors are already scraping off the tops of the underwater rocks. Today, they will drill holes and fill them with explosives, according to spokesperson Mike Peterson.

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A new study suggests the Army Corps of Engineers made the right decision when it blew up the Birds Point-New Madrid levee last year.

The study’s authors argue the floodway would have been inundated with or without Corps action.

Ken Olson is a soil sciences professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he co-authored the study.

The same storm that produced tornadoes in Harrisburg, Illinois and Branson, Missouri also struck  rural Stoddard County, Missouri. The National Weather Service confirmed the level EF - 03 tornado left a 21 mile stretch of destruction from Puxico to Bell City. As KRCU’s Jacob McCleland reports, residents are now sorting through the wreckage … and beginning to put their lives back together.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he needed to cover all his bases before proposing to add $40 million to his higher education budget.