Survey shows midwest economy growing

A January survey of business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests that the region’s economy is picking up steam.

The Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region made a healthy jump in January, to 54.7, up from December’s 50.3 and November’s 47.5.

The index ranges from zero to 100, and any score above 50 suggests economic growth in the next three to six months…