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AARP - Iowa Some Reflections from State Director Kent Sovern

He has only been in the job for seven years but it seems as if Kent Sovern has been the State Director of AARP-Iowa for decades. Kent has had a mighty impact on the transformation of the organization and you can hear it in his voice. Here we talk about so many things on his mind...voting and getting involved in the topics voters care about. He offers up some strong words for politicians who offer only "bumper sticker" answers to serious questions. We talk health care, care-givers, hunger and so much more. And while Kent is retiring in June...he says he's still going to "haunt" some events he feels strongly about. Click through to listen to a personal story that we're pleased to present. 

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 starting at 4:30pm here on Podbean, iTunesStitcher 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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Business News Highlights from 12 April 2018

So much going on...Sears will close their last store in Chicago, Wall Street bumps up, Warren Buffett in the news, Gen X making big noise, President Trump says, "Everything is going to be OK", Palmers of Ankeny is closed and why. Those stories and more in this edition of Insight on Business the News Hour.

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 starting at 4:30pm here on Podbean, iTunesStitcher 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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Medial Marijuana Oil Dispensary in Windsor Heights

On Tuesday (28 March 2018) the Iowa Department of Public Health picked three companies who will open Medical Marijuana (Cannabis Oil) Dispensaries in the State. MedPharm of Des Moines will operate two. One in Sioux City and the other in Windsor Heights. Here, on our Newsmaker Line, is Lucas Nelson from MedPharm talking about the product, the choice of locations, what consumers can expect and what still needs to be done in the Iowa Legislature. 

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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Taxes, Small Business, Job Search with Kent Sovern and AARP-Iowa

Once again we spend time with Kent Sovern from AARP-Iowa and in this conversation we talk about the free income tax help available through AARP and here is a link for that or you can call 888-227-7669 to find a location or help near you. We also talked about the Iowa Center for Economic Success and how AARP-Iowa works with them. You can reach them by clicking through on this link. We talked about the Iowa Care Act which fell short in the Iowa Legislature but Kent says he has great hope for passage if not this year but next. Also help in navigating technology and job opportunities.  For more about what AARP-Iowa is doing all across the state click through here. Thank you Kent! 

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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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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Aging and Alzheimer Care with Calvin Community

Here we meet George McKeever from The Calvin Community and Susan Callison from the Iowa Alzheimer Association as they talk about Embrace Aging a series of programs on memory care, caregivers, and education at the Des Moines University. If you are wanting to learn more about the aging process and how to best help family members you may want to listen in.

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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Business and Universal Health Care

Health Care...it is top of mind to business owners and employees. "The underlying reality is that the current health care system in the United States is not sustainable. Ever rising health care premiums, copay,s and deductibles continue create a financial hardship for businesses and their employees." Meet Michael Lighty the Director of Public Policy for National Nurses United who says there is an affordable answer to health care if only business and politicians would look at the numbers. And, Iowa may just be the state that moves the ball forward with House Bill 2350 the Healthy Iowa Act. Here is our conversation... 

 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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Meet Pete D’Alessandro - Iowa’s Third Congressional District Part One

In this first of two parts we introduce you to Pete D'Alessandro one of six Democrats seeking the nomination to run in Iowa's Third Congressional District. Here Pet talks about his motivation, family and background. Here is his website and on Twitter it's @PeteForIowa. In Part Two we'll focus on some key policy issues. Meet...Pete! 

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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Meet Pete D’Alessandro - Iowa’s Third Congressional District Part Two

In this second part of our conversation with Democratic hopeful Pete D'Alessandro we dive into policy issues starting with health care. Pete has some strong feelings about that and a number of other issues including taxes, business and more. Listen in. And, to connect with Pete here is his Website and his Twitter Handle is @PeteForIowa

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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