OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A second straight monthly survey of nine Midwest and Plains states suggests a slowdown in the region's economy.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Three people have been charged in connection with a shooting involving a principal in southwest Iowa.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 20-year-old Pacific Junction man found with a sword and gun had called for "vigilante justice" after the neighborhood fight involving the Glenwood Community High School principal.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the principal of Glenwood Community High School has been injured in a neighborhood incident that involved a shooting.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa company has been awarded the first license by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a bird flu vaccine.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An effort to build cable barriers on Iowa's highways has helped reduce the number of cross-median fatal crashes.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State lawmaker Rob Hogg says he'll announce his Democratic bid for Senate during a three-day tour of the state this week.

WALNUT, Iowa (AP) — Voters have overwhelmingly approved a plan for an Iowa school district to merge with another one in the face of declining enrollment and budget problems.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State Auditor Mary Mosiman says a property tax cut approved two years ago is a significant ongoing cost for the state budget.

It was 150 years ago that the steamboat Bertrand sank in the Missouri River north of Omaha.