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The Pulse of Rural America
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:20 AM CST

High barge costs and shipping delays due to low water on the Mississippi from Memphis all the way down to New Orleans leaves Jessie Hobbs, of Elkmont, Ala., grateful for the trucks that move his grain and cotton to market. But he knows that maintaining good roads for those trucks is never assured. Just miles from his north Alabama farm, traffic on Interstate 65 rolls through on a route stretching 887 miles from Mobile, Ala., to Gary, Ind. It was closed earlier this year after ...

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