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Water, Politics, Business - Des Moines Water Works

We've been doing the Business News Hour for a long time. Each weekday for nearly four years we've reported on the business news of the nation, region and the Greater Des Moines Metro. During that time we have watched the convergence of business and politics and that has changed the conversation. This interview is an example of that. Bill Stowe, the CEO of the Des Moines Water Works has been described as "The most hated man in Iowa" and as a "Moses standing up for the people against special interests". According to the Des Moines Water Works the Iowa Legislature, in a purely political move, is seeking to dismantle the Des Moines Water Works yet over 68% of the people served wish to preserve the business...and in the end it is a business. We talk about that, the drainage district lawsuit, polluted water, Flint, Michigan and more in this extended interview.

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.  

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Partners in Plastics - Our Small Business Spotlight

We love to share the back-story about business and when Tom Knackstedt called, a year after we gave him our business card, we made sure to bring him into the studio. This is a story about plastics...you know the stuff we see every day. Where does it come from, what's new in the industry and who buys what? Tom owns Partners in Plastics and we start out with a thought from "The Graduate". Listen in...

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.  

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Pedal Off the Pounds with the Des Moines Cycle Club

It's the fifth year for Pedal Off the Pounds a program of the Des Moines Cycle Club. The program was designed to get people, who may not have ridden a bicycle for years, back on a bike and to help them lose weight in the process. Think "Biggest Loser" but nobody gets kicked off the ranch. Here POTP leader Marty Hupp joins the 2016 winner Linda Gilpin in talking up the program that has an informational meeting on 23 March for the 2017 Season of POTP! 

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.  

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Social Media and Business Networking with Laura

Each week our social media trainer Laura Kinnard joins us for a conversation about that and about business networking. You can find her networking events at Des Moines Biz Mixer but you've got to listen to this to hear her thoughts on social media for business. We're here to help you make connections and to make social media less scary...go!

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.  

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New Book: A Quarter Million Steps by Anthony Paustian

Our friend and leading creativity thinker Dr. Anthony Paustian will release his new book A Quarter Million Steps - Creativity, Imagination & Leading Transformative Change in May but we got him BEFORE the book is public. Here we talk about how, in many areas even with all the personal technology, there is a lack of the stuff that made the Apollo space program so successful and transformed the way we live today. It is not only a book about our amazing history it is also a book about the many small steps it takes to create success in life. We'd tell you more but...you should just listen!  To Pre-Order the book, with signatures of Dr. Paustian and Apollo Astronaut Al Worden head to this link!

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.  

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Marlene’s at Sevastopol Station - Restaurant of the Week

Meet former accountant turned restaurateur Kim Carstens and our Restaurant of the Week - Marlene's at Sevastopol Station. Here she tells you about celebrating their first year in business, what drove her to the restaurant world, some food items and the interesting story behind the name of her, very nice, restaurant. Enjoy! 

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.  

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Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro

Who, better than Cityview knows what to do in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week? Here our lifestyle contributor Jeff Pitts shares his top picks from Jersey Boys to painting Marilyn Monroe...no, really. Check it out and have some fun! 

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.  

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Housing Trends from Single Family Homes to Apartments

Some hot housing news both nationwide and here in the Greater Des Moines Metro...when this happens we reach out to our housing expert Lance Hanson from Re/Max Real Estate Concepts and bounce our questions to him. In this segment we talk about the dramatic increase in the construction of single-family homes and the decrease of apartment construction. There is conversation about interest rates as well as home inventory and realtors.

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.  

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Project Labor Agreements - Local Control?

When we first read about Project Labor Agreements (PLA) and SSB 1145 working it's way through the Iowa Legislature we were intrigued as to what it meant for business, tax payers and workers. Greg Spenner from Associated Builders and Contractors contacted our office with a request to come on the air and discuss the bill and his organization. We set a date for the studio interview. After reading the documents from Mr. Spenner we then reached out to the Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council (ISBCTC) president Bill Gerhard and asked if he would join us for a "point/counter-point" conversation. When we informed Mr. Spenner of this his group declined the offer. That is the back-story to this conversation.

Our guests are Andy Roberts Business Manager of the Plumbers and Fitters Local 33 and ISBCTC Vice President and Bill Gerhard, President of the Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council. We discuss local control, safety, costs, apprenticeship programs and jobs. We think you'll find this interesting...

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour

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Dream Only Big Dreams - Kent Sovern on Community Development

The times are rapidly changing and a number of groups, including the Iowa AARP, are involved in some major projects that help build communities that are vibrant and approachable for people of all ages and abilities. Here Kent Sovern talks about thinking BIG and disrupting conventional wisdom to drive economic development. Oh and then there is also "Movies for Grownups".  We cover lots of ground here...enjoy. 

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour

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