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MISSOURI, ILLINOIS: Floods threaten two hamlets

Her Missouri hamlet soon to celebrate its 200th birthday, Mayor Jo Anne Smiley embraces Clarksville's perilous place along the Mississippi River, never mind that the waters again threaten to wipe it off the map. In places like Clarksville and the Illinois town of Grafton just across the river, it's always been the clear views of the Mississippi drawing tourists, unobstructed by a permanent levee. But that's left both communities north of St. Louis vulnerable. By Monday, the rain-swollen river strained a hastily erected makeshift floodwall in Clarksville. The Mighty Mississippi was starting to recede, but more rain threatens to push it back up. A swath from Oklahoma through Michigan is to get an inch of rain through Tuesday. Mark Fuchs, a National Weather Service hydrologist, said the Illinois River is headed for record crests.


COLORADO: Man questioned in shooting

Denver police interviewed a man wanted in connection with a shooting at a weekend marijuana rally that wounded two people, but did not arrest him Monday. The man was shown on a video posted on YouTube and was believed to have been an accomplice to the primary shooter at the Saturday event, police said. The public has been urged to watch the video, which showed a man in a brown and white checkered shirt walking away from the shooting scene as sirens wail in the background. The man came in voluntarily yesterday. Police declined to say whether the possible accomplice was a suspect or person of interest in the case. Saturday's shooting occurred at the end of an outdoor celebration of the first 4/20 counterculture holiday since Colorado legalized marijuana last fall.


MISSISSIPPI: No ricin in suspect's home

Investigators haven't found any ricin in the house of the man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge, according to testimony Monday in Oxford from an FBI agent. Agent Brandon Grant said a search of Paul Kevin Curtis' vehicle and house in Corinth on Friday did not turn up ricin or ingredients for the poison. A search of Curtis' computers has found no evidence so far that he researched making it.

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