- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)8
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
- Cape police warn of 'Grandparent Scam' (12/4/16)
Midwest economy turns negative
OMAHA, Neb. -- For the first time in two years, the overall Business Conditions Index for a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains took a negative turn.
Thursday's report on the survey of supply managers and executives says the index dropped to 49.9 in October, compared with 52.2 in September.
Organizers say any survey score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline.
Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss oversees the survey. He said one reading slightly below a growth-neutral 50 doesn't signal a recession. But Goss said the October figure is evidence that the weakness in the national economy has hit the region.