Mississippi River

National Weather Service of Paducah

The National Weather Service of Paducah said the region should brace for another round of wintery weather arriving Wednesday, with accumulation of snow potentially accompanied by freezing rain and sleet. But meteorologists also forecast warmer temperatures are on the horizon beginning this weekend and into the coming weeks. 

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  Erich Mische isn’t used to being on the water. He has his makeshift boat — a garden shed from Home Depot built on top of a 52-year-old pontoon frame — tied up to the dock for the river ferry just outside of Hickman, Kentucky, next to the Mississippi River. 

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After a decade in dock, the historic 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again.

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Economic development and agriculture are the focus areas for a collaborative effort that aims to restore jobs in Kentucky’s four westernmost counties.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Police are investigating a body found in the Mississippi River at the far western edge of Kentucky. 

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The U.S. Coast Guard says it has removed a sunken tow boat from the Mississippi River near Cairo, Illinois, and taken it to Kentucky for repairs. 

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Counties surrounding the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers are facing high flood levels after the region received several inches of rain over the weekend. National Weather Service Hydrologist Mary Lamb said flood levels are reaching about 35 feet in Smithland and as high as 46 feet further west in Cairo, Illinois.

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A riverport authority official in far west Kentucky is concerned with potential cuts to the Delta Regional Authority in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. The DRA is a federal and state-funded partnership that assists in development projects in communities along the Mississippi River.

It's a chilly February day as we set out from the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River. We're in a 24-foot cypress canoe, paddling south, with John Ruskey guiding in the stern.

The first stretch of journey, just south of Helena, Ark., is far from wild. We paddle past lots of industry lining the riverbanks: Along the shore, we see grain being pumped from a giant grain elevator into barges on the river. We pass coal and petrochemical docks, too, supplying or offloading the barges that ply this river up to Minnesota, and down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Hickman riverport

The Hickman-Fulton County Riverport Authority says barge-unloading operations on Kentucky's side of the Mississippi will resume after a year-long hiatus, thanks to the port’s new crane.

The old crane had been in use since 1972 and was decommissioned last November following an accident, which greatly diminished the port’s ability to process cargo.