Steve Alexander sits in for Max Armstrong and shares news of names, a change in an Illinois gun law, a college conference payday and an interesting concern for U.S. businesses

Steve Alexander, sitting in for Max Armstrong, shares some 'Smith' and 'Johnson' info gleaned from census info; and a reminder that the Ag Census is due in the mail by Feb. 5. In Illinois, a state supreme court ruled against a law limiting firearms near a park. There's also news that Missouri benefited well from joining the SEC. And Steve reports on a business concern - a continuing labor shortage. And he shares news of cattle and hog producers approve of their checkoff programs based on recent surveys.

Midwest Digest is a twice-daily audio feature produced by Max Armstrong, offering news and commentary from across the Midwest.

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