Features by Sarah McCammon
Posted In: Transportation, Oil, crude oil, train
Trains increasingly carry crude from oil fields in the middle of the U.S. to refineries on the coasts.
Posted In: farm bill, Congress, food stamps, Agriculture
In an effort to get it passed, some in Congress want to split the food-stamps part of the bill from the farm subsidy part.
Posted In: beer, Pabst Brewing Co.
As hipsters demand more Pabst Blue Ribbon, restaurants and bars raise prices.
Posted In: health care, Medicare, fraud
Staffing cuts at the Department of Health and Human Services mean fewer cases of Medicare, Medicaid fraud are investigated.
Posted In: cars, trucks, housing recovery, Auto
Consumers are expected to keep snapping up cars and trucks, due in part to the improving housing market.
Posted In: gay marriage, Supreme Court, DOMA, wedding, weddings
Based on U.S. Census data, hundreds of thousands of gay and lesbian couples are living together in the U.S. but not yet married -- a big market opportunity for wedding planners and vendors.
Posted In: 2012 election, Iowa, Small Business
You might think all that political activity in places like Iowa, Ohio and Florida would be great news for the local economy. But campaign spending isn't trickling down to the local level.
Posted In: Agriculture, corn, farming
Some farmers in the Midwest are planting crops earlier than usual because of hot weather. But there's a risk of losing it all if a spring freeze hits.
Posted In: 2012 election, Iowa
Presidential candidates and their teams spend a lot of money every four years in Iowa, from pizza delivery to TV ads. But the long-term economic benefits are what really matters to the state.