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In this Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 file photo, Employees with Durocher Marine pull a rock out of the water in an effort to deepen the waterways on the Mississippi River just outside of Thebes, Ill. 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, Jan. 12, 2013.

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Mississippi rock blasting puts river in ship shape

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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