The highest-paid doctors are in the Heartland

In the six-state region of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas, doctors averaged $257,000 last year, according to a survey by the online news and information site Medscape. The only doctors with higher incomes — averaging $1,000 more — were in the six Midwestern states clustered around the Great Lakes.

Dilemma in reporting on extremism: Ignore it, or expose it?

One of the central challenges in political reporting is figuring out how much exposure to give to people like Frazier Glenn Cross, aka F. Glenn Miller. The journalist’s usual answer is balance — expose what you can without overexposing the rantings of an anti-Semite. But sometimes balance is imperfect, too.

Do as I say, not as I do

There’s a little bit of hypocrite in everyone. What we call hypocrisy, though, is often complexity — surrounded by a sound bite culture.

Climate change controversy might outlast the trees

No one knows for sure if the growing threat from ash and walnut tree pests is related to our changing climate. Some people believe the climate isn’t really changing at all. But most scientists will tell you something is going on, something that’s leading to droughts, floods, stronger storms, rising sea levels and perhaps invasive pests.

Really, is it good for the children?

Grown-ups can still exploit kids, especially teenagers and young adults. The latest issue is whether Northwestern football players are employees and can unionize. And what about internships?

As other women’s colleges close, Missouri school looks to grow

Fewer young women are looking to all-female schools for their higher education these days, forcing many women’s colleges to go coed to survive, or simply to close their doors. But Cottey College, a small, all-female liberal arts college in Nevada, Mo., has announced its first-ever comprehensive capital campaign — $40.4 million — to expand the school.