Mid-America Business Conditions Index

Iowa public health officials say coronavirus cases have increased by 52, raising the total statewide to 549.

Two more deaths were reported Wednesday. They were both over age 81.

The virus is now present in 60 of Iowa's 99 counties including O’Brien County in northwest Iowa.  The person who tested positive is a woman between the age of 41 to 60 and is self-isolating at home.

State health officials say 63 people are currently hospitalized.

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Three of the five Republicans who are announced candidates for Iowa’s 4thcongressional district seat have filed papers to be on the June primary election ballot. 

Republican Jeremy Taylor of Sioux City, on today, filed nomination papers with the Iowa Secretary of State office. Previously taking the step of filing papers were state Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, and Brett Richards, of Irwin.

Those who have not filed are nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve King, of Kiron, and Steve Reeder, of Arnolds Park.

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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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The Iowa Attorney General’s office is asking each of the four Catholic dioceses (DY-uh-siss-es) in the state to submit their records on clergy sex abuse. 

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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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Flood concerns in Siouxland are fading.  After cresting at 30.32 feet early Saturday morning, the Missouri River had fallen more than half a foot as of Sunday afternoon and is expected to continue dropping over the next few days.

Data accumulated by the National Weather Service station in Sioux Falls shows the Missouri River had been at flood stage – 30 feet in depth – since around 8 a.m. Friday. The river dropped below flood stage early Sunday morning around 6.

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Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley says Congress won't consider a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada until President Donald Trump lifts tariffs that have prompted other countries to take actions that have hurt U.S. farmers.

Speaking today with reporters, Grassley said Trump must end steel and aluminum tariffs before Congress will ratify a United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. Farmers in Iowa and across the country have been hurt by reciprocal tariffs placed on agricultural products, including pork and soybeans.

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A new report says a March survey of business supply managers is signaling solid economic growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states.

The report issued Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit its highest level since August, 58.2, compared with 57.9 in February. 

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says even stronger growth was hampered by international trade disputes and the global economic slowdown.