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Worries about a new virus that's infected tens of thousands of people globally are making a mark on the economy of a nine-state region in the Midwest and Plains. 

A new survey report says the Mid-American Business Conditions Index sank in February to 52.8 from 57.2 in January. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the softer reading and the economic harm from the virus should concern policymakers. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below suggests a decline. 

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This week, a new monthly survey of business leaders suggested the economy is slowing down in a section of nine states in the Midwest and Plains, including all three Siouxland State.

The index slipped into negative territory for the first time in a few years.

Economist Ernie Goss from Creighton University oversees the survey that saw a November number of 48.6.  That’s down four points since October.  Any score below 50 shows decline. 

Goss talked to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about the survey and the impact of the trade war on agriculture in Siouxland.

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 Slow or no economic growth is expected over the next several months in nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a  new report from business supply managers. 

The report issued today says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped below growth neutral in August, hitting 49.3 compared with 52.0 in July. The index had remained above growth neutral for 32 straight months.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss blamed the slowdown on weak farm and manufacturing sectors, produced in part by tariffs and a global economic slowdown.

The pilot of United Flight 232 is being remembered as a humble man who gave credit to others for helping bring the crippled airliner to the Sioux Gateway Airport.

Al Haynes died in Seattle yesterday at the age of 87 just shy of his 88 birthday.

Many in the airline industry called it a “miracle” that anyone survived.

When he talked about the crash and the response and how they got the aircraft to Sioux City he gave credit to his entire cockpit crew.

Iowa Dioceses Asked to Turn Over Clergy Sex Abuse Records, 4:32

Jun 3, 2019

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Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller today has requested information related to clergy abuse records from the state's four Catholic dioceses in Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, and Sioux City.  Miller is asking the dioceses to voluntarily share records related to abuse allegations, diocesan review boards, and settlements by Aug. 1.

The Attorney General's office also launched a hotline for survivors to report abuse, the news release said. The hotline number is 855-620-7000.

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Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller today announced that his office has requested information related to clergy abuse records from the state's four Catholic dioceses.

Letters were sent to officials in Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque and Sioux City,  ask the dioceses to voluntarily share records related to abuse allegations, diocesan review boards, and settlements by Aug. 1.

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 A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows they're rapidly losing confidence in the region's farm economy.

The Rural Mainstreet survey for May, released Thursday, shows the survey's overall index dropping from 50 in April to 48.5 this month. Any score above 50 suggests a growing economy, while a score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.

Iowa Gov. Creates Flood Recovery Advisory Board, 4:04

Apr 15, 2019

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Governor Kim Reynolds is creating a new state board to oversee the response to last month’s catastrophic flooding.

Reynolds said, To move forward, it’s critical that we not only provide funding at the state level but also have a central point of coordination and plan to use the funds.

Reynolds issued an executive order this morning, establishing a 15-member Flood Recovery Advisory Board. She’ll be the board’s chairwoman.



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Iowa and Nebraska transportation officials say they're hoping to have nearly all roads and bridges damaged in the wake of massive flooding repaired by midsummer, but note that wet weather this spring could hamper that effort.