Dropdown: The Mississippi River at Baton Rouge finally dropped below flood stage on Sunday, WAFB-TV reports. The river first hit above flood stage on Jan. 6 and stayed there for a record 211 consecutive days, shattering the old record of 135 days set back in 1927. The river hit its peak on March 18 at 44.18 feet, the seventh-highest crest on record. Read the full story.
Seafood wins: Chef Nathan Richard of D.T.B. in New Orleans was crowned this weekend as the 2019 King of American Seafood after winning the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. This is the first time since 2009 that a Louisiana chef has taken home the title. The 16th annual event was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans in conjunction with the Louisiana Restaurant Association EXPO.
Slowing up: The pace of expansion for U.S. services companies fell to its slowest pace in nearly three years, as gauges of business activity and new orders weakened. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says its non-manufacturing index fell to 53.7 from 55.1 in June. The July measure was the weakest since August 2016. Read the full story.