Local

Economy Continues Improvement

Photo: clipart.com

Economy Continues Improvement

For a second straight month, the Mid-America Business Conditions Index is moving up.

The Business Conditions Index, which ranges between 0 and 100, rose to a tepid 53.2 from November’s 51.2

Dr Ernie Goss of Creighton University, who compiles the report says that is still a soft number…

 

But, for the second time in the past three months, the region’s employment gauge fell below growth neutral. The index sank to 48.7 from November’s 51.2, but was up slightly from October’s weak 48.2.  Goss says a lot of that is tied to dropping ag prices…

 

Looking six months ahead, economic optimism, as captured by the December business confidence index, soared to a strong 66.5 from November’s 57.2. Goss says much of that is related to a budget deal approved by Congress last month…

 

This month supply managers were asked to identify the biggest challenge to their company/industry for 2014. More than one-third, or 35.3 percent, named escalating prices for inputs purchased by their firm as the biggest threat. 

Recent Headlines

in Local

School Start Date Bill Tabled in Iowa Legislature

school bus

A bill that would have set "on or after August 23rd" as the school start date in Iowa has been tabled in the Iowa Senate.

in Local

Nebraska Senator Scorned for Comments Against Police

nebraska-state-capital

A Nebraska state senator has called on Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha to apologize for anti-police remarks made during a committee hearing.

in National, World

Police search house of pilot who crashed A320

Police hold media away from the house where Andreas Lubitz lived in Montabaur, Germany, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Lubitz was the copilot on flight Germanwings 9525 that crashed with 150 people on board on Tuesday in the French Alps. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

The co-pilot of the airliner that crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 people aboard, appears to have brought the plane down deliberately.

in National, World

PHOTOS: Crash of Germanwings Flight 9525

AP41207304817_9

All 150 people on board the jet - including three Americans - were killed Tuesday when it crashed in the French Alps.

in Local

Surface Transportation Board Reform Bill Passes Committee

John Thune 913

South Dakota Senator John Thune, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, praised the committee’s bipartisan passage of his Surface Transportation Board (STB) reform bill.