UPDATE: Mississippi River shipping resumes at Illinois lock

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | 12:49 p.m. CST; updated 9:28 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ST. LOUIS — A key stretch of the Mississippi River reopened to shipping Wednesday after hasty repairs were made to a lock damaged by a barge, marking the latest victory for stewards of the drought-plagued waterway they have maneuvered to keep open.