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June 19, 2009
April 27, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated. See below for details.
Residents in seven states across the central U.S. braced for twisters as a line of spring storms raked the Midwest on Sunday afternoon, with forecasters warning that severe tornadoes could strike Arkansas later in the evening. [Updated, 5:08 p.m. PDT, April 27: At 5:32 p.m. Central time, a tornado destroyed a fire station and caused other damage in the small town of Quapaw, population 914, in the northeastern corner of Oklahoma, Ottawa County Emergency Management officials told the Los Angeles Times.
July 6, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
It's not that the Midwest hasn't been extremely hot before, and it's not that it hasn't been incredibly dry. But it's unusual for a vast swath of the Midwest to be so very hot and so very dry for so very long -- particularly this early in the summer. The current heat wave -- which is spurring comparisons to the catastrophic heat of 1936 --  is "out of whack," meteorologist Jim Keeney said Friday in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.  Photos: Midwest heat wave "Even on the East Coast today, temperatures are 100 or above" -- basically, Keeney said, the heat wave extends from Kansas all the way to the East Coast.
March 27, 2014 | By Shannon Ryan
MIDWEST REGIONAL MATCHUPS At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis NO. 2 MICHIGAN (27-8) VS. NO. 11 TENNESSEE (24-12) WHAT: NCAA regional semifinal, Friday, 4:15 p.m. TV: Channel 2. Led by forward Jarnell Stokes, who is averaging 20.3 points in the tournament, Tennessee defeated Iowa by 13, Massachusetts by 19 and Mercer by 20. But will the Volunteers have fresh enough legs for their fourth game? Michigan guard Nik Stauskas is shooting a hot 42.9% from three-point range in the Wolverines' two games, and he's below average.
March 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Spring typically means the return of sunshine, tornadoes and biblical thunderstorms across the Midwest, but a weekend blizzard in the lower Plains had winter stamping on all signs of life in Kansas and Missouri. A daffodil exposition in Springfield, Mo., had to be put on hold. The phone for the I-70 Drive-In's box office in Kansas City, Mo., rang without answer: There would be no outdoor movie with 8 inches of snow on Sunday. Guerrilla Streetfood, a food truck in St. Louis, tweeted that it would take a day off on Monday, preferring not to slog through the city's biggest snowstorm in 30 years -- joining many others in taking a late snow day in this part of the country.
November 17, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
At least five people were killed Sunday in a tornado outbreak that left dozens more injured across the Midwest, and officials feared the toll could rise as emergency responders sifted through the wreckage. Illinois has suffered the brunt of the storms' wrath, which swept through communities in Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky, smashing homes, toppling cell towers and tossing cars in a rare November tornado outbreak. One twister was estimated to be half a mile wide. An elderly man and his sister were found dead after a tornado struck their farmhouse in New Minden in southern Illinois, Washington County coroner Mark Styninger told the Associated Press.
March 19, 1989
Some of the March 12 letter writers seemed to be outraged about Rakolta's protest against the TV series "Married . . . With Children." I don't know if I share Mrs. Rakolta's views about television, but I do know that homemakers from the Midwest have as much right to become outraged and write letters as Calendar readers from West Hollywood. Now let's get to the real point. Mrs. Rakolta is a homemaker who lives in an upper-class, mostly white suburb. What if she wasn't rich? And what if her campaign was against sponsors of a program that treated the handicapped unfairly?
July 30, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
Corn prices rose Monday to record levels as the prolonged Midwest drought continued baking the nation's crops. Corn futures for September delivery rose almost 3% to $8.20 per bushel. And December corn rose to $8.13. Since the beginning of June, corn prices have risen more than 50%. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday downgraded the condition of the country's corn crop for the eighth week in a row since the Midwest has been gripped by a searing drought. Now, only 24% of the country corn crop is in "good" or "excellent" condition -- that's down from 26% the week before.
May 10, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
All societies have creation myths, ideas that are so fundamental that they have survived over time and define the heart of why people came together in the first place. In the United States, there is no idea more enduring than that anyone can work himself or herself up the economic ladder to a better present and an even more glorious future. It turns out, however, that economic mobility may not be as widespread as the politics it supports. Further, it may be swayed by geography so that those in the Northeast and Midwest have a better chance than those in the South of actually moving on up. In a report that is the first of its kind, researchers at the Economic Mobility Project at the Pew Center on the States examined economic mobility on the state level.
November 17, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, Carlos Sadovi and Michelle Manchir
At least six people were killed and dozens more hurt when an unusual November tornado outbreak hopscotched through the Midwest on Sunday, leaving destruction in its wake. Twisters and thunderstorms more reminiscent of spring than fall savaged communities in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky with punishing winds and heavy hail. Survivors poured into hospitals with broken limbs and other wounds from flying debris. An NFL game at Soldier Field in Chicago had to be suspended as football fans evacuated to the concourses, taking shelter from a line of storms.
March 16, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Wichita State wrapped its perfect 34-0 season on March 9 only a few hours after UCLA mailed in one of the worst performances in program history - an 18-point defeat at lowly Washington State the previous night. You never could have imagined then that UCLA would end up packing flip-flops and baggy NCAA shorts for San Diego. Or, that Wichita State would get pickle-jar stuffed into the "group of death" region, with one of the "easier" games a possible first-weekend matchup against Kentucky.
March 2, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - One of the mortgage products that contributed to the housing crash is booming again: New home equity credit line borrowings soared 42% in the final three months of 2013 and were up sharply for the entire year, to $111 billion. But does this point to a return to the "my house is an ATM" mentality that characterized excessive home equity borrowing from 2004 through 2007, just before the crash? Should consumers - and the banks doling out the cash - be cautious about this trend?
February 7, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Careful to not let a rare legislative accomplishment go unnoticed, President Obama will jet to an agricultural research hub in Michigan on Friday to sign into law the long-delayed farm bill and deliver a speech on the importance of rural America to the economy. In his brief trip to Michigan State University in East Lansing, Obama will outline a new administration-wide effort to boost exports from rural America and point to a new report from his economic team on the growth in the agricultural sector.
February 7, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
KNOB NOSTER, Mo. - From a bay window in her home on the prairie, Angela Hostetler stares out at the six huge chicken barns out back. They hold 156,000 chickens, and when she and her husband, Mardy, purchased the farm two years ago, it seemed like a good investment. But this year, the Hostetlers are struggling. That's because their barns, which must be kept at 85 degrees to keep young chickens warm, are heated by 12 1,000-gallon tanks of propane, which are now covered in icy snow.
January 25, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - As brutally cold temperatures continue to blast much of the nation, a propane shortage is driving up heating bills, prompting accusations of price gouging and leading to energy emergencies in more than a dozen states, from Alabama to Michigan. The lack of propane has forced the closing of schools in Tennessee, led to calls for people to turn down their thermostats and given poultry farmers the shivers. "They're worried they might not be able to keep those chickens warm," said Jeff Helms of the Alabama Farmers Federation.
January 7, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Scientists have discovered evidence of an ancient shark nursery -- 310 million years old -- along the shores of a prehistoric interior sea. Long before the dinosaurs, long-nosed Bandringa sharks were leaving their freshwater homes to lay eggs in the shallow coastal waters of a long-gone sea that stretched over most of the American Midwest, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. PHOTOS: Fascinating animal discoveries of 2013 In the gallery above you will see a painting of what these sharks might have looked like, as well as a photo of a fossilized shark.
October 8, 2009 | From Times Wire Services
Thousands of mustangs that roam the West would be moved to preserves in the Midwest and East to protect the wild horses and the rangelands that support them, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday. The plan would not require killing any wild horses, he said. Interior Department officials had warned in recent months that slaughtering some wild horses and burros might be necessary to combat the rising cost of maintaining them. "We have a huge problem -- out-of-control populations of wild horses and burros on our public lands," Salazar said in a conference call with reporters.
November 8, 2012 | By Wailin Wong
Sprint Nextel Corp. said it is buying a large chunk of struggling U.S. Cellular Corp., including its hometown Chicago market, for $480 million. The nation's third-largest cellular phone company also is buying U.S. Cellular's operations in St. Louis, central Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The deal, which requires regulatory approval and is expected to close in mid-2013, will transfer spectrum and about 585,000 customers — roughly 10% of U.S. Cellular's subscribers — to Sprint.
January 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Two Amtrak trains from California and a third from Illinois found themselves stuck in snow about 80 miles west of Chicago on Monday night, forcing hundreds of stranded passengers to spend the evening on board. Amtrak officials said the three trains - the California Zephyr from the San Francisco Bay Area, the Southwest Chief from Los Angeles and the local Illinois Zephyr - were carrying hundreds of passengers and were stopped because of too much ice and snow on the rails and bad conditions.
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