Cairo http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Between Two Rivers: Cairo, Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/between-two-rivers-cairo-illinois <p>One of the films at this month’s St. Louis International Film Festival is about the history of Cairo, Illinois, the southernmost town in the state.</p><p>Host Steve Potter talks with co-directors and filmmakers Nick Jordan and Jacob Cartwright of <a href="http://www.betweentworivers.net/">“Between Two Rivers.”</a>&nbsp; Potter is also joined by Stace England, the lead singer of Stace England and the Salt Kings.</p><p>England calls Cairo the most fascinating town in America, and a few years ago, came out with a CD highlighting the town. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Related Event</strong></p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 22:56:58 +0000 Alex Heuer & Mary Edwards 6284 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Between Two Rivers: Cairo, Illinois Morning headlines: Thursday, June 16, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-june-16-2011 <p><strong>Army Corps to Begin Immediate Repairs to Mississippi River Levee</strong></p><p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Mississippi River levee&nbsp;during flooding earlier this spring.</p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon announced&nbsp;Wednesday that Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, who ordered the breach in early May, said the levee in southeast Missouri will be rebuilt at three breach points. The corps breached the levee to relieve pressure on the floodwall at nearby Cairo, Ill., which spared the town from being flooded but inundated about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland.</p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:22:09 +0000 Julie Bierach 1445 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, June 16, 2011 Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-may-10-2011 <p><strong>Missouri Senate Stops Short of Approving Local Control of St. Louis Police Dept.</strong></p><p><span lang="EN">Missouri senators have embraced a </span><span lang="EN">proposal that would allow St. Louis to control the city police </span><span lang="EN">force, ending the state&#39;s Civil War-era oversight of the department. </span></p> Tue, 10 May 2011 14:33:26 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & KRCU 1205 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Record crests continue along Mississippi River http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/record-crests-continue-along-mississippi-river <p><strong>Updated with Gov. Nixon&#39;s request for a disaster declaration.</strong></p><p>The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/army-corps-decides-blow-missouri-levee">blast the levee at Birds Point</a> appears to have brought some relief to Cairo, Ill., but the possibility of record crests continues all along the Mississippi River.</p> Thu, 05 May 2011 19:28:58 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 1184 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Record crests continue along Mississippi River Cairo, Ill. spared with levee blast, but concerns for area farmers remain http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cairo-ill-spared-levee-blast-concerns-area-farmers-remain <p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is <a href="http://www.semissourian.com/story/1723979.html">continuing to blow holes into agricultural levees</a> to relieve rising floodwater on the town of Cairo, Ill. (See video footage of today&#39;s second blast below).</p><p>However, sparing Cairo came at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars of Missouri crops.</p><p>Ed Marshall farms about 8,000 acres in Mississippi County in southeast Missouri.&nbsp; At this time of year he normally looks out on miles of corn and wheat, but right now, his view is different.</p> Tue, 03 May 2011 22:43:56 +0000 Adam Allington 1168 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cairo, Ill. spared with levee blast, but concerns for area farmers remain 25 SE Missouri farmers sue over levee breach http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/25-se-missouri-farmers-sue-over-levee-breach <p><strong>Updated 1:23 p.m. May 3 with information about lawsuit:</strong></p><p><em>Via the Associated Press:</em></p><p>A group of 25 southeast Missouri farmers is suing the federal government over its decision to blow a hole in a levee, causing their farmland and houses to flood.</p><p>Cape Girardeau attorney J. Michael Ponder filed the lawsuit Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated explosives on the Birds Point levee to ease pressure from the swelling Mississippi River.</p> Tue, 03 May 2011 17:09:24 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 1163 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 25 SE Missouri farmers sue over levee breach Army Corps decides to blow up Missouri levee http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/army-corps-decides-blow-missouri-levee <p><strong>Updated 10:30 p.m. May 2:</strong></p><p>Around 10:15, the Army Corps of Engineers posted to its <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Birds-Point-New-Madrid-Floodway-Joint-Information-Center/120898681323357">Facebook page </a>that the first section of the levee had been breached.</p><p><strong>Updated 5:58 p.m. May 2 with information that levee will be broken and additional information:</strong></p><p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to detonate the Birds Point levee in southern Missouri tonight.</p><p>Officials announced the decision this evening.</p> Mon, 02 May 2011 22:35:31 +0000 Maria Altman & The Associated Press 1157 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Army Corps decides to blow up Missouri levee Lawmakers weigh-in on pending decision on levee from Army Corps of Engineers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-weigh-pending-decision-levee-army-corps-engineers <p><strong>Updated 12:29 p.m. April 29: </strong></p><p><em>Via the Associated Press:</em></p><p>Missouri officials are appealing a federal judge&#39;s ruling that says the Army Corps of Engineers can break a levee and flood Missouri farmland if necessary to spare an Illinois town upstream.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. ruled Friday that the corps&#39; plan to breach the Birds Point levee is appropriate to ensure flood-control along the Mississippi. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis a short time later.</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 17:29:09 +0000 Adam Allington & The Associated Press 1053 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawmakers weigh-in on pending decision on levee from Army Corps of Engineers Morning headlines: Thursday, April 28, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-april-28-2011 <p><strong>Army Corps of Engineers to Decide on Levee Breach this Weekend</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.usace.army.mil/Pages/default.aspx">The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers </a>will wait until this weekend to decide whether to punch a massive hole in a Mississippi County, Missouri levee to protect Cairo, Ill.</p><p>The mayor of the small city isn&#39;t waiting that long to take action.</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:45:10 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & KRCU 1057 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, April 28, 2011