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The Iowa State Education Association - What It Means for Iowa

Over the next two months each school teacher (union and non-union) in Iowa will be forced to make a choice for their future and the future of education in Iowa. Tammy Warow is the President of the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) and here, in this extended interview, we talk about the history of the ISEA, Chapter 20 and how it came to be and then discuss what the Iowa Legislature did, or is trying to do, to cripple the ability of teachers in Iowa to collectively bargin with their school boards. "We are in a fight for this profession." Serious words for serious times... 

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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Des Moines Public Schools - School Board Candidates

The Des Moines Public School Board Election is Tuesday the 12th of September. While we don't do politics on the Business News Hour we do think education in the largest school district in Iowa does have an impact on preparing our youth to enter the job market. We spent most of the broadcast talking with two of the three At-Large Candidates running for two seats on the DMPS Board of Trustees: Rob Barron is the incumbent and Louisa Dykstra a challenger. The third candidate Kyrstin Delagardelle Shelley declined our invitation due to another commitment. In this segment we introduce the candidates.

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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Labor Day and Labor Unions with Charlie Wishman

Before you head off to enjoy a cold one on the boat or a picnic in the park we thought a history lesson about Labor Day might be in order. And, what about that new poll that says a vast majority of Americans think unions might be the answer to a shrinking middle class? Here Charlie Wishman of the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL/CIO talks history and more about the "attack on the workers of Iowa" and a new law that says "not voting" is considered a "no vote". We know...you've got to listen.

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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Workers Compensation Best Practices with Aureon

While there have been recent changes in the Workers Compensation Law in Iowa many businesses may not know or they may not be aware of what responsibilities they still have under the law. Here Tracy Gonzalez the Manager of Risk Services for Aureon HR joins us to talk about best practices...exactly what should businesses, of any size, do when confronted by a workplace injury? We asked...and Tracy answered: 

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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IPERS and Iowa Workers

There is a saying in the media world that "bad news sells". When it comes to the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS) there has been so much bad information that it's hard to figure out if IPERS is on the verge of collapse or if it is a healthy vehicle that, founded in 1953, continues its mission to provide not only a good retirement but also a positive vehicle to hire and retain top quality teachers. Here Donna Mueller the CEO of IPERS and Matt Carver an IPERS Advisory Board Member talk about the financial stability of the program. Also of the $1.8 billion IPERS pays out each year to retirees $1.6 billion stays in...Iowa. Let's dig in shall we? 

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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Iowa Hospitals and the Health Care Debate

This past week we had a news story that said so far, this year, 49 hospitals in the United States have closed their doors. Contrary to popular belief the Affordable Care Act was a boost to health care and to hospitals. To dig into this we invited the Iowa Hospital Association to weigh in on the health care debate. Here Scott McIntyre the Vice President of Communications for the association talks about rural health care delivery, affordability and the danger both the House and Senate versions of health care insurance options have on our hospitals, clinics and patients.

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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We Talk Health Care, Insurance and More with Iowa AARP

Just back from Washington, D.C. Kent Sovern from AARP-Iowa weighs in on the health care issue being debated by 12 United States Senators. Here he talks about why AARP is concerned about the bill that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and why. AARP-Iowa is making trips all across the state in an effort to hear what you have to say about health care and health care insurance in the United States. We also, toward the end of the interview preview some additional programming coming to you from AARP-Iowa. Have a listen! 

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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National Hemp Awareness and Iowa Agriculture

Meet Aaron and Chris from The Iowa Hemp Association who informed us this is National Hemp Awareness Week. So, what is hemp? Why can't we grow hemp in Iowa? What can be made from hemp? How could hemp impact the agricultural community in Iowa and elsewhere? We asked and they answered. Click in and have a listen to some interesting economic news. 

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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Des Moines Public Schools - Dr. Tom Ahart

With over 33,000 students the Des Moines Public Schools is the largest in Iowa and with that comes a host of challenges. Meet Dr. Tom Ahart who leads the effort to deliver high quality education while balancing budgets, 200 languages and a stingy Iowa Legislature.  Some stunning facts in this extended 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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The State of Mental Health - Iowa

According to some in the "political class" there are no mental health issues in Iowa. "We're doing just fine..." If that is the case why do we see, time and again, individuals suffering with a mental health crisis murder family members, police officers and others? How is the lack of mental health treatment in Iowa impacting businesses and families. Finally, why has Iowa decided to move mental health treatment from clinics to jail cells? Our guest is Peggy Huppert from the National Alliance of Mental Illness - Iowa (NAMI-Iowa) those questions and more. And, because NAMI-Iowa continues to lobby for reality in mental health they must raise funds to do so...and we end the segment with a new adventure "Beautiful Minds" on May 19. To register, click here. We know this is a long, long-form interview but...please listen. 

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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