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Economist: Midwest, Plains economy improving

OMAHA, NEBRASKA (AP) -- A survey of business leaders in nine Midwestern and Plains states suggests that despite some encouraging signs, the region is well short of economic recovery.

Economic indicators have pushed the overall index for the April Mid-America Business Conditions survey to its highest level since September.

But economics professor Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says, "Our survey is not indicating an economic revival any time soon."

In a news release, Goss predicted the region's economy will emerge from recession by the fourth quarter, unless the growing threat posed by swine flu produces considerable economic problems.

The survey states are Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

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