The United States Coast Guard closes 15 miles of the Mississippi River near Natchez, Mississippi.
The governors of the U.S. states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin say they will not accept Syrian refugees in response to the Islamic terror attacks in Paris. Twenty-three of the 24 governors are Republican with the other being Democrat (New Hampshire).
A black American political candidate "was dragged and set on fire" during his murder in the U.S. state of Mississippi, say his family. The corpse of Marco McMillian was found bruised and burned near a levee on the Mississippi River.
The Morganza Spillway on the Mississippi River is opened for the second time in its history, deliberately flooding 3,000 sqmi of rural Louisiana and placing a nuclear power plant at risk to save most of Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Mississippi River flooding worsens, with the Army Corps of Engineers saying an area between Simmesport, Louisiana and Baton Rouge will be submerged 20-30 feet, and 13% of US oil refinery output disrupted. [http:--www.businessweek.com-news-2011-05-10-mississippi-flooding-threatens-crops-refineries-and-homes.html "(Business Week)"]