midwest and plains

Survey: High Fuel Prices Slowing Rural Growth
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Higher fuel prices may be applying brakes to the economy in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states. A monthly survey index of rural bankers dropped to 57.1 in April from 59.8 in March. Organizers of the Rural Mainstreet Index survey say any score above 50 suggests the …