- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- Cape man accused of secretly recording women, posting to porn site (11/22/17)
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
- Thankful People: Kirsten Strebe recovers from traumatic car accident, brain injury (11/23/17)
- Rep. Swan opposes effort to fire education commissioner (11/20/17)2
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.