A Shell gas station. Because of refinery issues, gas prices have shot up in the Midwest.

Oil prices are low, but some states see gas prices spike

Aug 19, 2015
Gas consumption is up, and refineries are running near peak capacity. When one breaks down, gas prices jump.
Posted In: Oil, gas prices, midwest
Gustavus Adolphus College

Midwestern colleges have fewer local kids to tap

Jul 28, 2014
Demographic shifts mean there are fewer high school grads available for colleges.
Posted In: college, high school, midwest, recruiting

When air pollution crosses state lines, which state has to do the cleanup?

Dec 9, 2013
Some governors asked the EPA to rein in polluting states, and EPA is asking the Supreme Court for permission.
Posted In: EPA, Supreme Court, Northeast, midwest, air pollution

Detroit bankruptcy: A long time coming?

Jul 18, 2013
Detroit has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, making it the largest city in U.S. history to do so.
Posted In: Detroit, Kevin Orr, Michigan, Rust Belt, midwest

Is the industrial Midwest gone forever?

Jun 18, 2013
The Midwest was once the industrial heartland of America -- in many towns, local businesses and high schools were completely integrated into the industrial life of the region.
Posted In: midwest, Michigan, auto industry

A wait-and-see winter for one cattle rancher

Dec 17, 2012
We check back in with cattle rancher Ken Lenox about how he and his herd are preparing for winter.
Posted In: midwest, drought

With historic drought, farm profits soar

Aug 29, 2012
Despite, or perhaps because of, the Midwest drought, farmers are projected to make serious profits. But individual farmers will experience very different results.
Posted In: drought, midwest, farming

What's a boon for manufacturing? One word: Plastics

Aug 3, 2012
Rust Belt manufacturing isn't just about steel -- an uptick in business is boosting plastics, aluminum, and other products as well.
Posted In: manufacturing, midwest, Rust Belt

Midwest catches up to South in cost of doing business

May 21, 2012
When businesses are not moving operations overseas, the trend for decades within the U.S. has been shifting operations from the Midwest to the lower-cost South. But the Wall Street Journal has teased out some data showing when you look at the cost of labor, energy, taxes, and real estate, the Midwest is now just about as cheap as the south.
Posted In: working, Jobs, midwest

Minimal snow in Midwest means big savings, headaches

Jan 4, 2012
A mild winter means cash-strapped governments save money. But lack of snow can be costly for others.
Posted In: weather, midwest, snow