The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that 13 coal barges became dislodged from their tow vessel near Cape Girardeau on Sunday morning, three of which partially sank into the Mississippi. So, what happened?
Most of the 25 barges were soon accounted for after the vessel struck an object around 10:30 a.m. At this time, it is still not clear what that object was.
The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge at Cape Girardeau was closed for a little more than one hour as a precaution, but it was not struck.
Jim Mathewson (D) announced today he’s stepping down, one month after his three-year term officially expired. He was appointed chairman by Governor Jay Nixon (D) in 2009, but chose not to serve a second term in order to spend more time with his family. During his tenure, Mathewson oversaw the bidding process for the state’s 13th casino license, which eventually went to developers in Cape Girardeau.