Corps praised for averting Mississippi River shutdown

Thursday, January 10, 2013 | 4:23 p.m. CST; updated 4:41 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 10, 2013

ST. LOUIS — Shippers who have idled towboats and lightened barge loads as the Mississippi River shrinks from drought credit the waterway's stewards for so far averting their worst fear: a potentially crippling shutdown of the artery used to move everything from corn and grain to construction materials and petroleum.