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New designation may boost Mississippi barge traffic; unemployment down in most Wisconsin counties; 11 more state stories

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MADISON -- Wisconsin officials say the Mississippi River could soon ship a larger share of the state's products.

That's after the Upper Mississippi was designated as a federal marine corridor from Minneapolis to St. Louis. Wisconsin and four other states asked for the designation, saying it would enhance trade and business growth while relying less on highways and railroads to ship goods.

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