A barge heads north on the Mississippi River past St. Louis on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, as seen from East St. Louis, Ill. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the barge industry are pressing the federal government to take steps to keep enough water flowing on the drought-ridden Missouri and Mississippi rivers to avert a potential "economic disaster," given the Mississippi's importance as a commerce corridor. Winter typically is a low-water period on the two big rivers, but the situation is more dire this year with many points long the waterways at or near historic lows. (AP Photo/Jim Suhr)

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A barge heads north on the Mississippi River past St. Louis on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, as seen from East St. Louis, Ill. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the barge industry are pressing the federal government to take steps to keep enough water flowing on the drought-ridden Missouri and Mississippi rivers to avert a potential "economic disaster," given the Mississippi's importance as a commerce corridor. Winter typically is a low-water period on the two big rivers, but the situation is more dire this year with many points long the waterways at or near historic lows. (AP Photo/Jim Suhr)
A barge heads north on the Mississippi River past St. Louis on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, as seen from East St. Louis, Ill. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the barge industry are pressing the federal government to take steps to keep enough water flowing on the drought-ridden Missouri and Mississippi rivers to avert a potential "economic disaster," given the Mississippi's importance as a commerce corridor. Winter typically is a low-water period on the two big rivers, but the situation is more dire this year with many points long the waterways at or near historic lows. (AP Photo/Jim Suhr)
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