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Mississippi rock blasting puts river in ship shape

Saturday, January 12, 2013 | 4:31 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — Crews have completed the most critical phase of removing bedrock that threatened barges along a crucial stretch of the drought-starved Mississippi River, staving off the shipping industry's fears that the treacherous channel could close to traffic, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Saturday.

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