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      Mississippi River level low

      (KATV) The Mississippi River is acritical highway but the low water levels are nearing record lows, threateningto bring barge traffic to a halt.

      The Mississippi is thenation's largest river system. Right now barges are leaving ports with lighterloads so barges sit higher.

      Waterway organizationswant a presidential declaration of emergency. They want the Corps of Engineersto remove exposed rock and release a water from reservoirs.

      Federal lawmakers aremeeting Thursday with the Army Assistant Secretary to address the issue.

      For now, the river isworking in favor of Arkansas' corn and soybean growers.

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