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Portion of Mississippi reopened after oil spill; ships still stuck

Portion of Mississippi reopened after oil spill; ships still stuck

A portion of the lower Mississippi River reopened Monday after a weekend oil spill, but another stretch remained closed, leaving 29 ships stuck, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials. Officials had closed a 65-mile stretch of the river and the port of New Orleans after 31,500 gallons of light crude oil spilled from a barge that ran into a towboat Saturday about 50 miles west of New Orleans. On Monday, officials reopened a portion of the river east of the spill to vessels with Coast Guard approval. Part of the port of New Orleans was also reopened as the threat of pollution there was lifted. Crews were still cleaning up in the closed sections of the river and port and investigating what...

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