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River system braces for cuts

Federal budget reductions threaten barge traffic

Posted: March 17, 2013 at 2:17 a.m.

The towboat George Rowe, out of Pine Bluff, pushes 8 empty barges up the Arkansas River toward the I-430 bridge in Little Rock Friday. Pinnacle Mountain is fog-enshrouded in the background (right).

Businesses that rely on barge traffic on the 440-mile McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System to move fertilizer, grain and other commodities are raising concerns about looming federal budget cuts’ effects on shipping.

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Business, Pages 65 on 03/17/2013

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