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The Business News Headlines & More 15 October 2019

Yesterday investors weren't so sure about the future of trade talks with China. Today they threw all of that out the window... Welcome to the business news headlines for Tuesday the 15th of October. Just a click away:

  • What drove Wall Street today;
  • The Turkish economic sanctions? Yawn;
  • Could the GM strike be nearing an end;
  • Two words for used car buyers: Buyer Beware;
  • Companies that are cool but not making a dime;
  • The AMC cinema chain to stream...no, really;
  • In case you've run out of stuff to worry about....

Those stories plus a conversation with Brent Roske the Iowa State Director for 2020 Democratic hopeful John Delaney. A press release from that campaign caught our eye so we sit down with Brent to chat about the Heartland Startup Tour. Mixing politics with...business. Click here to listen. 

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Congressman Ro Khanna on Rural Technology and More

This is Part One of my conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna who has been to Iowa nearly as often as some presidential candidates. His efforts have largely been in support of new technologies that will re-imagine Rural America. We talk about that, Silicon Valley, unions and more before we get into Medicare for All in the next segment. 

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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The Business News & More 3 October 2019

Even with continuing headwinds Wall Street was able to pull off a win today. Welcome to the Business News Headlines for Thursday the 3rd of October. On tap today:

  • The Jobs Report is due tomorrow morning and it's important;
  • President Trump signs an executive order about Medicare;
  • The housing sector seems to be booming;
  • Young people are leaving glitzy cities for lower cost communities;
  • Unions, Nurses and Wages it seems to be a trend;
  • Tesla disappoints and its stock suffers.

Those stories and for the interview I'll visit with Natalie Veldhouse a research associate from the Iowa Policy Project about the little known reality that Iowa is such a low wage state, why it matters and what forces are at work to keep it that way. That stunning conversation is right here.

Thanks for listening! 

Iowa - A Low Wage State & Why

The reality is that Iowa lags behind other neighboring states when it comes to wages ranging from a few thousand dollars less than the average wage in Nebraska to over $14,000 less than the average wage earner in Minnesota. It's a statistic you don't often hear from those who are trying to recruit and retain workers to the Hawkeye State. To flesh this out a bit our guest is Natalie Veldhouse a research associate at the Iowa Policy Project. Here is that story. 

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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The Business News Headlines & More 2 October 2019

Yesterday it was manufacturing numbers that sent the markets down...today the employment numbers did the same. Welcome to the business news headlines for Wednesday the 2nd of October.  Today:

  • The markets tanked and why;
  • The U.S. has a "hiring" problem;
  • High prices got you down? There is Zulily ya know;
  • What's new for cars? The 7 year loan;
  • Automakers see trouble ahead;
  • Why not spend $ on your current workforce...no, really.

Those stories and more along with this conversation with Kari Carney and Julia McGuire from 1,000 Friends of Iowa. I know...right?  You'll hear about the work they do and why it's becoming even more important as we look to the future of climate change. Listen here. 

Meet 1,000 Friends of Iowa

You are forgiven if you're not familiar with 1,000 Friends of Iowa...after all they have only been around for a couple of decades.  I know...right? Originally formed as the Rural-Urban Stewardship Project the group changed their name and became a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in 1998. Here Kari Carney the groups Executive Director and Julia McGuire share with you...and me...the reason 1,000 Friends of Iowa is more important today than ever. We'll also talk about the 18th Annual Best Development Awards and how YOU can get involved and nominate a deserving project. Here is that conversation. 

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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Iowa & The Economic Outlook

Since 2004 the Iowa Business Council surveys the business leaders of Iowa's 23 major employers as to their thoughts regarding the economy in the Hawkeye State. Here, Georgia Van Gundy the Executive Director for the Iowa Business Council discusses the results of this Third Quarter Economic Outlook Survey with our friend Jeff Stein the News and Program Director for News/Talk 1540 KXEL

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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The Business News Headlines & More 27 September 2019

Wall Street was set adrift today due to several factors from more impeachment talk to a new plan on China to some disappointing economic news. That store plus...

  • The "Wealth Gap" is getting wider and by state;
  • The ongoing GM/UAW strike could be...ongoing;
  • Elon Musk says he can deliver;
  • Dicks Sporting Goods says their new customers are women.

Also today Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine joins me to chat it up about Stuff to DO in the Metro this weekend into next week. Let's GO!

PLUS! You get an extra!  Laura Kinnard and Patricia Grote join me for a conversation about repurposing a nearly vacant mall on the Southside of Des Moines. Southridge could soon be home to an Immigrant Welcome Center full of opportunities. That conversation is here

Thanks for listening.

 

The Business News & More 23 September 2019

The markets struggled all day over concern about recent financial issues in Europe and in the end the major markets were up only slightly. In other business news on this Monday:

  • A travel agency goes under and strands thousands of people;
  • Where are American's on a national health care program;
  • Apple to return to Austin for manufacturing at least one computer;
  • More layoffs for General Motors workers;
  • Music, the law and "Stairway to Heaven".

Also today Laura Kinnard joins us to talk it up about business events in the Greater Des Moines Metro this week. You can hear all of that right here.

And we're talking mental health with Peggy Huppert from NAMI-Iowa. If everything is being blamed on mental health issues why aren't we paying more attention to funding  program that will...work?  And, that's just the first question. Click here to listen

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The State of Mental Health in Iowa

If it seems like everything is being blamed on "mental health" and...that's because it is. Everything from mass shootings to domestic abuse is being blamed on folks with mental health issues. And, what is even more stunning, as you heard in our news story today, the demand for mental health services is growing. If all of this is true, and you know it is, why are we not funding mental health care at the level of need? It's a good question and it's what I asked Peggy Huppert from the organization NAMI-Iowa. Take some time and listen to the problem and what may be a fix. 

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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