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Mississippi River faces shipping closure as water levels drop

Grist: The Mississippi as seen from Ed Drager`s tug boat is a river in retreat: A giant beached barge is stranded where the water dropped, with sand bars springing into view. The floating barge office where the tug boat captain reports for duty is tilted like a funhouse. One side now rests on the exposed shore. "I`ve never seen the river this low," Drager said. "It`s weird." The worst drought in half a century has brought water levels in the Mississippi close to historic lows and could shut down all...