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The Business News 10 January 2020

Welcome to the Friday Edition of the business news headlines. Today we've got these stories ready for you:

  • Anemic job numbers and wage growth put a damper on the week;
  • More retail sales troubles;
  • Why are brands leaving Amazon.com and what comes next;
  • The Wall Street numbers for the day;
  • Starter homes seem to be making a comeback.

Those stories plus a rare two-part conversation. This time it's about poverty in Iowa and the United States. That uncomfortable reality nobody seems to want to discuss. Today you'll hear from four activists who are bringing the Poor People's Campaign - A National Call for a Moral Revival to Des Moines, Iowa next week. Some stunning numbers and you may be surprised at just who the poor folks...are.

Part One of that interview with Rev. Jessica Petersen, labor leader John Campbell, activist Ayisha Al-Hassan and national organizer Clinton Wright can be heard here.

Part Two of the event scheduled for the 14th and 15th of January at the First Christian Church in the Drake Neighborhood can be heard here.

Thanks for listening! 

 

Poor People’s Campaign a National Call for a Moral Revival - Iowa Part One

In this, the first of two parts of a conversation with several Iowan's involved in the upcoming Iowa Event for the Poor People's Campaign, I sit down with Rev. Jessica Petersen, labor leader John Campbell, activist Ayisha Al-Hassan and national coordinator Clinton Wright. What is this national campaign about, how did they get involved, what are the political, social and business demands, who are the poor people that are impacted and much more. Iowa is one of 20 states to be visited by the national leadership of Rev.Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis on Wednesday the 15th of January. Details about the Iowa "We Must Do More" event are right here.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

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Crossroads of Iowa with Ruth Hardin

She has been the Executive Director of Crossroads of Iowa for the past five years but Ruth Hardin is no stranger to helping individuals escape the horrors of repeat incarceration. As an advocate for social justice in her native state of California to her role at a mission house in Iowa to her current job with Crossroads of Iowa Ruth has seen and heard it all. From substance abuse to sexual abuse the stories have the recurring theme of incarceration. What if behaviors can be changed? What if the people who have been an downward spiral for years can be shown there is a better way to live? You'll also learn about the upcoming event Transcending Trauma.  You'll learn much here...

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

Meet Admiral Mike Franken - Part One - Running for the U.S. Senate in Iowa

While the Business News Hour focuses on economics and business we often have the opportunity to sit down with people seeking office to get their take on those two items. Here we'll introduce you to Admiral Mike Franken of Iowa who is running to become the Democratic Nominee for the United States Senate. Here we do the introduction and start into some policy issues. And, yes, there is a part two. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

 

Meet Admiral Mike Franken Candidate for U.S. Senate - Iowa - Part Two

Here is the second of our two-part conversation with Democratic Candidate for the United States Senate, Admiral Mike Franken. We sat down in a coffee shop in Iowa and talked policy. Enjoy!  This originally aired on News/Talk 1540 based in Eastern Iowa. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

 

The Business News 19 December 2019

Even with the impeachment vote in the U.S. House of Representatives business barely noticed. It's the business news headlines for Thursday the 19th of December, thanks for being here.  In the news:

  • Walmart and "high-end" booze;
  • New retirement plans on the horizon;
  • Oh oh...beef prices headed up;
  • Starbucks & Sick Leave;
  • Another Obamacare decision to impact 2020;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • $1.7 million in questionable payments...think Iowa;
  • Uber slapped with a $4.4 million fine.

Those stories plus a conversation about the restaurant business with Kathleen McGuire the wife and business partner of Chef Jacob Demars who has brought a new eatery to the Greater Des Moines Metro. R I Restaurant is in our Small Business Spotlight and you get to meet Kathleen here.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 13 December 2019

If everybody was so excited about the U.S. China Trade Deal how come Wall Street...sighed? It's the business news headlines for Friday the 13th of December:

  • Meh on Wall Street;
  • Affordable housing on a cruse ship;
  • Russian Police and Business;
  • General Motors and pickups;
  • Strip Clubs and CEO's;
  • Apple and genetic testing;
  • The markets did what today;
  • Labor Unions and holiday food baskets;
  • Retail contracted in November.

Those stories and Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine is in to talk about Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. It's Friday!  Have some fun already!  You can hear that...here. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 10 December 2019

The markets all struggled today to get above the flatline but why? We'll share that store and more today. Here's what's on tap:

  • Americans' waste over $1,600 a year;
  • Troubling housing news from Fanny & Freddy Mac;
  • Netflix "must reduce cost to remain competitive";
  • Ho, Ho, Horrible Tariffs and Holiday Shopping;
  • Amazon workers flexing their muscle;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Trends to watch for in 2020.

Those stories and Deb Brown from Save Your Town talks to us about rural issues that are not what are often being reported. Deb and her partner Becky McCray just released a study that tells us what folks in Rural America really want. One of those things is they want people to listen to....them.  You can hear that...here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 5 December 2019

At a time when so many retail stores are closing one company bucks the trend. It's the business news headlines for Thursday the 5th day of December...thanks for coming by! In the news:

  • The success of retail here may forecast economic trouble;
  • Russia and OPEC and Oil;
  • The biggest IPO...ever;
  • Obamacare and falling insurance costs...for some;
  • Wall Street today;
  • Child care and parents;
  • Hung-Over or really sick?

Also today, on this Throwback Thursday the great Small Business Spotlight we brought you over a year ago. You'll meet entrepreneur Chad Hitsman and EdgeTech a sharpening service that comes to your home or your restaurant. No more dull blades and just in time for Christmas Dinner...or a gift? Hear that story here.

Thanks, again, for listening! 

The Business News & More 4 December 2019

It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 4th day of December, thanks for being with us everybody. Today in the business news we've got:

  • Two words that move Wall Street;
  • Food Stamp rules and it's surprising impact;
  • The once mighty...Sears;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Amazon and injuries; the numbers are not good.

Those stories plus rural development expert Bill Menner joins me to talk about rural health care, rural hospitals and care-givers. We also dive into medicaid payment plans and more. How many rural hospitals are on the verge of...closing?  That stat is right here. 

Thanks for listening!