Low Mississippi’s Ripple Effect Threatening 20,000 Jobs in U.S.

Low Mississippi’s Ripple Effect Threatening 20,000 Jobs in U.S.

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Barges float along the banks of the Mississippi River near downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The usual dry season, combined with the worst drought in 50 years, may push water levels so low in coming weeks it will halt traffic in a section south of St. Louis, near the river’s midpoint.