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MedPharm, Kemin Industries and Medical Marijuana

Iowa is, right now, working through the effort to bring controlled medical marijuana oils onto the market. In this segment we visit with Lucas Nelson of Kemin Industries who will be growing and then extracting and producing cannabis oil. We talk about the manufacturing, the legislative hoops and the company, MedPharm, which is part of the family businessHere is that story: 

The award winning 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 5:00pm 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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Jeff Pitts and Cityview Stuff to DO in the Metro

He is our lifestyle contributor and he is Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine. Here he breaks down "Stuff to DO in the Metro" this weekend into next week. Starting off with the Iowa Barnstormers we roll into Chicago at the Civic Center, a swap meet, gun show, Los Temerarios at the Val Air Ballroom, a pop-up exhibit at the Des Moines Social Club, "Media's Role in Building Community" at the Iowa Historical Building, Uriah Heep at Hoyt Sherman and more! 

The award winning 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 5:00pm 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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Hollywood Comes to Iowa with Matt Wiggins and Robert Dopf

Sometimes things are placed in front of you and you MUST take advantage of the moment. Meet Matt Wiggins and Robert Dopf. Robert has written a screen play "Wren Bone" which has caught the eye of famous Native-American actor Wes Studi (Dances with Wolves, The Last of the Mohicans, Avatar and last year in Hostiles) and local actor, headed to LA, Matt Wiggins. The two plan to shoot a high-budget "rush" here in Iowa which will feature Wes Studi. It's not only an amazing story but YOU can be part of the launch. On Wednesday the 14th of March there will be a "Meet & Greet" with Wes, Matt and Robert at Noce Jazz Club and YOU can go! Tickets to the event are here. This is a MUST GO! 

The award winning 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 5:00pm 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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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Who Pays?

Recently we were at the Iowa State Capital and ran into a group of EMS providers who were ther lobbying for...funding. We met Mark McCullough the president of the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association who shared with us the harrowing tale of funding, or lack of funding. Many of us think Emergency Medical Services are part of the local fire department...not so. Couple that with inadequate funding, wrestling with insurance companies, Medicaid reimbursement levels and an aging corps of workers...we've got issues. Here is that story.

The award winning 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 5:00pm 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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Blueprint for Building Community - Joshua Barr

Coming up on the 14th of March the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission will host a full day seminar titled, Blueprint for Building Community. Here we visit with Joshua Barr, the Director of the Commission, about Iowa being named as "The Best State in the Nation" and what that means or does not mean. We also spend time discussing the key points of the Seminar and how attending will give people the tools to eliminate racism, build inclusion, understand and fight poverty and more. To register for the event, which takes place at Des Moines University Student Education Center here is that link. You will not be disappointed. 

The award winning 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 5:00pm 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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After the Media Tour - Hilton Des Moines Downtown

Recently the, still under construction, Hilton Des Moines Downtown Hotel offered the media a tour and the Business News Hour went along to see the progress toward the March 21st Grand Opening. After the tour we sat down with Tamara Chubb the Director of Sales & Marketing and Franck Debril the Director of Food & Beverage for a conversation about what to expect when the doors swing open. (For a peek at a quick video head to our facebook page.) We start...with food: 

The award winning 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 5:00pm 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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While Iowa Agriculture Feeds the World Hunger Remains…Right Here.

What does it mean to be "food insecure"? It's a good question and here Michelle Book from the Food Bank of Iowa shares with us the pain, frustration and health concerns that thousands of Iowans face each day. While Iowa feeds the world Iowans go hungry. Who are they, where do they live and what can we do about it? Good questions...here is Michelle.

The award winning 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 5:00pm 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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Our Conversation with Austin Frerick of Iowa Part One

This is the first of two parts of our conversation with Austin Frerick who is one of six Democrats seeing the nomination to challenge incumbent David Young (R-IA) in November. We are giving each candidate equal time prior to the June 2018 Primary to deliver their case. And, yes, following the primary we will ask Rep. Young to join us. Get to know Austin here.... 

The award winning 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 5:00pm 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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Jeff Pitts from Cityview with Stuff to DO!

We close out each week with our lifestyle contributor Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine. Here we talk about antiques at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, comedy, celebrating the Winter Olympics at Brenton Skating Plaza, a comic book conventions at Adventureland, Forest Flicks and Black History Month, Galentine's Day at the Des Moines Social Club, music with the DSM Symphony, "Defending the Caveman" and wrestling!  So much going on...enjoy!

The award winning 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 5:00pm 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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Restaurant Closings - What’s Going On?

The past month has seen a number of locally owned restaurants close their doors. Some due to construction others due to a lack of business or a decision to just...quit. We thought it might be a good time to ask what is going on in the industry. Here Jessica Dunker from the Iowa Restaurant Association gives us some insight into the challenging world of the restaurant business. We also ask "what's hot" right now and we're a little surprised at the answer...

The award winning 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 5:00pm 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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