In local news:

U.S. Coast Guard crews are responding to an oil spill southwest of Venice on the lower Mississippi River that left an estimated 840 gallons of crude oil in the water early this morning. According to an AP report, skimming vessels, boom and other materials are being used to reduce the spread of oil and collect oil from the water’s surface. The Coast Guard plans to conduct a flight over the area to assess the situation. It is unclear at this time how the spill occurred or if any injuries are associated with the incident.

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