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MN, 4 more states take Asian carp case to Supreme Court

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five states are going to the U.S. Supreme Court with a plea for faster action on a federal study of how to prevent invasive species such as Asian carp from migrating between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Wednesday he's asked the nation's highest court to hear the case after being turned down by a federal appeals court in August.

Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Chicago's water district. They want to physically separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi drainage basins in the Chicago area, where a man-made navigational canal offers a direct link between Lake Michigan and Mississippi tributaries.

Chicago-area shipping interests say doing so would damage the area economy and cause flooding.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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