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Jul 21, 2013

Canadian train disaster a dark turn for rail veteran

July 21 (Reuters) – A blinding flash of orange light jarred
Weyauwega residents awake before dawn on March 4, 1996. An
81-car freight train had been barreling toward the farm town in
central Wisconsin when it jumped a broken rail. The train’s
propane and petroleum cargo had caught fire and exploded.

Gerald Poltrock II, a rookie local police officer, thought
it was a prank when the dispatcher called to say the city “blew
up.”

Jun 25, 2013

Rising Mississippi River to halt barge shipping again -Army Corps

June 25 (Reuters) – Rising water on the Mississippi River
will force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close numerous
locks on the major shipping waterway for the second time this
month, from central Iowa to central Missouri.

The river is already above flood stage at numerous locations
following recent heavy rains and more precipitation is in the
forecast for the region.

Jun 23, 2013

Blackhawks’ Kane, small in stature but big in the clutch

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Patrick Kane is among the smallest players on the ice but the speedy forward continues to rise to the occasion at the game’s biggest moments.

Just under six feet tall (1.83m), the 24-year-old Blackhawks playmaker has a knack for important goals and on Saturday scored twice in Chicago’s 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Jun 15, 2013

Threats made to figures at center of IRS controversy: sources

WASHINGTON/CINCINNATI (Reuters) – A current and a former top tax official have been physically threatened in recent weeks as the scandal over Internal Revenue Service targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups has gathered steam, people familiar with their situation say.

Ousted IRS acting commissioner, Steven Miller, has received such threats, according to a source familiar with his situation. The source declined to elaborate on the nature or the source of the threats.

Jun 10, 2013

USDA mediates wheat dispute after Egypt’s GASC rejects cargo

June 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Agriculture Department officials in
Cairo stepped in to resolve a major contract dispute between
U.S.-based grain exporter CHS Inc and the General Administration
for Supply Commodities (GASC), Egypt’s government wheat buyer,
according to a USDA attache report.

The dispute arose after a 60,000-tonne cargo of Canadian
soft red winter wheat sold by CHS was rejected by Egyptian
quarantine authorities in April for containing a
higher-than-allowed amount of ambrosia seeds.

Jun 4, 2013

Flood halts Mississippi River barge traffic north of St Louis

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – Barge traffic on a flooded stretch of the Mississippi River remained at a standstill on Tuesday, but relatively few vessels stood waiting at the channel’s system of locks as shippers had received ample warning of the rising water.

The Port of St. Louis and eight locks on the major shipping artery from northern Iowa to St. Louis have been closed by the U.S. Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers following record rains around the U.S. Midwest.

Jun 3, 2013

Floods halt Mississippi River shipping, shut Port of St Louis

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – The Mississippi River was effectively closed to barge traffic from northern Iowa to St. Louis as flooding shuttered several locks on the major shipping waterway and stranded at least 70 barges, the U.S. Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers said.

The Coast Guard officially closed the busy Port of St. Louis from mile markers 179 to 184 due to high water and warned mariners about increased debris in the river.

May 30, 2013

Floods close Mississippi River locks, halt barge shipments

May 30 (Reuters) – Heavy spring rains across the U.S.
Midwest swelled the Mississippi River above flood stage at some
locations and forced the closure of three river locks on the
major shipping waterway, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

At least four more locks were likely to be closed by early
next week, disrupting the flow of grain barge shipments from the
Midwest farm belt to export terminals at the Gulf of Mexico.

May 14, 2013

Slowest plantings ever should trim U.S. corn yields -agronomists

CHICAGO, May 14 (Reuters) – U.S. corn yields are unlikely to
reach their full potential this year as the slowest planting
pace on record shortens the growing season, increasing risks
that plants will pollinate under peak summer heat, agronomists
said on Tuesday.

“We have taken some off of our yield potential,” said
Emerson Nafziger, extension agronomist at the University of
Illinois. “Our preference is to have it in the ground by May 1.”

May 8, 2013

Lock repair to close part of Illinois River at least a week -Army Corps

CHICAGO, May 8 (Reuters) – Barge shipping returned to normal
this week on most of the Illinois River after spring floods, but
lock repairs will halt navigation on a northern stretch for at
least a week beginning on Friday, the Army Corps of Engineers
and Coast Guard said.

Marseilles Lock and Dam near Seneca, Illinois, was
critically damaged when seven barges broke loose from a tow on
April 18, tearing 20-foot (6-meter) holes in two of the dam’s
gates.