Birds Point Levee

Morning round-up
9:27 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, January 30, 2012

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breached the levee at Birds Point as part of the activation of the floodway May 2, 2011.

Army Corps inspecting Birds Point Levee daily

Inspectors with the Army Corps of Engineers are performing daily inspections of the area where the Birds Point levee was intentionally breached in May. Maj. Jon Korneliussen told the Sikeston Standard Democrat that daily patrols are checking the middle and upper crevasses created by the implosion that happened at the height of spring flooding.

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Disaster assistance
2:57 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

State gets additional federal help for Joplin tornado, flooding

Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. pictured here on May 23, 2011, following a devastating tornado that ripped through the town.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

Missouri has received another $47 million in federal grants to help cover the costs of natural disasters that pounded the state over the summer.

The grants, announced today by Republican senator Roy Blunt, include:

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Morning round-up
9:39 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 27, 2011

An overturned car sits where a house once stood in Joplin, Mo. on May 24, 2011. The Associated Press has named the Joplin tornado the top story of 2011.
UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock

Joplin tornado top story in 2011

The May 22 tornado that killed 161 people and left much of Joplin in ruins was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press' top story in 2011 by editors across the state. That was followed by the intentional breach at Birds Point, which sent water rushing over southeast Missouri farmland in a bid to save the upstream Illinois town of Cairo. 

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Cardinals have submitted an offer to Albert Pujols that isworth, reportedly, $220 million for 10 years.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Cardinals submit new offer to Pujols

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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rod Blagojevich signs autographs at Illinois State University in 2006. A judge today ruled that his second corruption trial will start next Wednesday as schedulded.
(via Flickr/soundfromwayout)

Two day sentencing hearing for Blagojevich begins today

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentencing hearing is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Much of today's hearing will be a repeat of what attorneys have already argued in written motions filed with the court.

The one unknown variable is the governor himself. He'll get a chance to address the court.

Former federal prosecutor Dave Weisman says Blagojevich should read a prepared statement and keep it short.

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Birds Point Levee
3:42 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Corps of engineers warns of SE Mo. flood risk

Satellite images show the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway before (bottom) and after (top) the intentional breach of the levee in May 2011.
(via Flickr/NASA Earth Observatory)

The Army Corps of Engineers says it's likely there will be more flooding along a Mississippi River floodway in southeast Missouri that was inundated earlier this year.

The corps says that based on forecasts of unseasonably high river levels there is a "significant risk" of more flooding along the Birds Point Floodway in the near future.

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Morning round-up
9:30 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

An Ill. law takes effect November 15, 2011 allowing more adoptees to get copies of their original birth certificates.
Flickr/Mat Culpepper

Ill. law regarding original birth certificates takes effect today

An Illinois law taking effect today will allow more adoptees to get copies of their original birth certificates and possibly learn the names of their biological parents.

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Morning round-up
9:16 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, October 21, 2011

Members of the Texas Rangers celebrates after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 to take game 2 of the World Series in St. Louis on October 20, 2011. The series stands tied 1-1.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Cardinals lose Game 2 of World Series

The Texas Rangers rallied against the Cardinals’ bullpen last night to win Game 2 of the World Series 2-1 at Busch Stadium.  

Both starters Jaime Garcia and the Rangers’ Colby Lewis matched zeroes for the first six frames before Allen Craig’s pinch-single broke the ice. Cards closer Jason Motte was called on to protect the Cards’ 1-0 lead. He’s been hot, with five postseason saves, but was tagged with the loss in this one.

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Birds Point Levee
2:56 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Corps plans to rebuild Birds Point levee shorter than original height

Satellite images show the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway before (bottom) and after (top) the intentional breach of the levee.
(via Flickr/NASA Earth Observatory)

The Army Corps of Engineers now plans to rebuild the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri to 55 feet, four feet higher than originally scheduled.

Even with the extra four feet, however, the levee is actually being rebuilt shorter than it was before it was intentionally breached to relieve flooding pressure on the Mississippi River.

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Birds Point Levee
2:08 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Blunt meets with Corps to talk restoration of Birds Point floodway

Mo. Sen. Roy Blunt.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from KRCU's Jacob McCleland was used in this report.

Army Corps of Engineers officials and Mississippi County farmers met with Senator Roy Blunt Thursday to discuss the restoration of the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway.

The Corps is currently building a temporary levee to 51 feet - more than eleven feet lower than the original levee that was detonated in May to relieve massive flooding on the Mississippi River.

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