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Ex-US official gets 19 years for bribery scheme

A former manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was sentenced to more than 19 years in prison Thursday for orchestrating a $30 million bribery and kickback scheme that authorities called historic in scope. Full story

Charleston Corps district getting new engineer

A change of command ceremony is scheduled for the Charleston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Lt.  Col. John Litz is set tp become district engineer during a ceremony in Charleston on Thursday. Litz is coming to Charleston from Fort Benning, Ga. Outgoing District Engineer Lt. Col.  Ed. Full story

Two Mississippi River locks reopen as water recedes: Army Corps

(Reuters) - Receding water levels on the rain-swollen Mississippi River have allowed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reopen two locks on the waterway, and a Corps spokesman said on Friday that two other locks are expected to reopen this weekend. Full story

Floods close Mississippi River locks, halt barge shipments

(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. Full story

Damaged Illinois River lock may hinder barges for weeks

(Reuters) - A northern stretch of the Illinois River, a main artery for shipping bulk commodities to export terminals at the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to remain closed for several weeks as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works to repair a lock damaged during recent heavy flooding. Full story

Mississippi barge traffic snarled by floods, accidents

(Reuters) - Commercial shipping traffic was moving again on the Mississippi River south of St. Louis after a pair of barge accidents that forced the U.S. Coast Guard to close the waterway over the weekend, but navigation remained severely impaired further north. Full story

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  Drought conditions dry out Mississippi River

Water levels in the Mississippi River have dropped so low that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is blasting the river bottom to create enough room for the shipping lanes to remain open. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports.

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A sightseeing helicopter is lifted from the Hudson River at the 79th Street Boat Basin to the deck of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ship Hayward, after landing on the water, in New York
A sightseeing helicopter is lifted from the Hudson River at the 79th Street Boat Basin to the deck of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ship Hayward, after landing on the water, in New York

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO A sightseeing helicopter is lifted from the Hudson River at the 79th Street Boat Basin to the deck of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ship Hayward, after landing on the water, in New York, June 30, 2013. The Bell 206 helicopter, on a sightseeing tour, was towed ashore by t

A sightseeing helicopter is seen on the deck of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ship Hayward, after landing on the Hudson River and being lifted from the water for transport, in New York
A sightseeing helicopter is seen on the deck of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ship Hayward, after landing on the Hudson River and being lifted from the water for transport, in New York

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPOA sightseeing helicopter is seen on the deck of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ship Hayward , after landing on the Hudson River and being lifted from the water for transport, in New York, June 30, 2013. The Bell 206 helicopter, on a sightseeing tour, was towed ashore by th

A sightseeing helicopter is seen on the deck of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ship Hayward, after landing on the Hudson River and being lifted from the water for transport,  as people sit at the end of a pier watching in New York
A sightseeing helicopter is seen on the deck of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ship Hayward, after landing on the Hudson River and being lifted from the water for transport, as people sit at the end of a pier watching in New York

A sightseeing helicopter is seen on the deck of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ship Hayward, after landing on the Hudson River and being lifted from the water for transport, as people look on sitting at the end of a pier in New York, June 30, 2013. The Bell 206 helicopter, on a sightseeing tour, w