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Economy Remains Weak in Midwest

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said weakness in nondurable-goods producers, such as food and ethanol makers, combined with worries about the global economy to slow business in the region.



Midwesterners, Nation Becoming Less Religious

In the Midwest, the number of the religiously unaffiliated has grown from 15 percent in 2007 to 19 percent today.


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Survey Suggests Little Economic Growth In Midwest

A new survey of business leaders suggests little or no economic growth in most of a group of nine Midwest and Plains states through the end of the year, but the booming oil business will continue to drive growth in North Dakota and Oklahoma.


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Stubborn Drought Maintains Grip On Most of U.S.

The U.S. Drought Monitor’s new map shows 65.5 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing some form of drought as of Tuesday.


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Cows Being Fed Cookies, Gummy Worms Due To Drought

Cows are developing quite a sweet tooth thanks to an unprecedented drought that has rocked cattle ranchers in the Midwest.


Corn plants struggle to survive in a drought-stricken farm field (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Woe And Opportunity: Tales From Historic Drought

The United States is in the midst of the worst drought in decades, and the dry weather and soaring temperatures are taking a toll on people living and working in Ohio west to California and Texas north to the Dakotas. Farmers have watched their corn wither and their cattle go hungry. Homeowners have seen their lawns turn brown and gardens wilt. Communities in the Midwest that rarely experience water shortages have enacted restrictions, and businesses are looking for ways to stay afloat as sales fall off. Here are a few of their stories:


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Half the Continental U.S in Desperate Need of Rain

Crops, pastures and rangeland have deteriorated at an alarming rate.


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Economy Breaking for High Cost of Gas

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says there are signs that the higher energy and fuel prices are slowing growth in agriculture-dependent areas.


A stone altar sits among the debris of the tornado-damaged 110-year-old St. Joseph's Catholic Church on March 1, 2012 in Ridgeway, Illinois. According to reports, at least 13 people died as severe weather swept through the middle of the country on February 28.  (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

New Tornado Warnings Aim To Scare

In a test that starts Monday, weather service offices in will use words such as “mass devastation,” ”unsurvivable” and “catastrophic” in a new kind of warning.


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Occupy The Midwest Taking St. Louis To Court After Clash With Police

Focusing on a police captain they say gave green light to beatings.




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