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Rural Economic Development Success Stories with Bill Menner

He spent eight years driving the roads of Iowa delivering ideas and money to rural communities through the USDA. Now, in his role as business owner of the Bill Menner Group, Bill Menner is still passionate about finding ways to make our rural communities more sustainable. Here we talk about some success stories and what is needed for any rural community to move forward. Bill also shares the top concerns of most rural communities in Iowa and the Midwest. We also spend some time on the upcoming Rural Economic Development Summit coming in April to Grinnell. 

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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Rekha Basu & Betty Andrews - MLK Celebration Awards

On Monday at the 29th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Des Moines where politicians such as Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg spoke of equality and opportunity, where young Emmet Phillips offered some stunning poems, where Izzah jB Knox spoke of current needs, where prayers were offered and music made; two people received recognition for their efforts. Rekha Basu from the Des Moines Register and Betty Andrews from the NAACP and I'll Make Me a World in Iowa spoke "truth to power" during the nearly two hour event. We had the opportunity to visit with both. What they said is worth repeating. 

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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Heather Ryan - Part Two - Democrat Running in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District

Here, in Part Two of our conversation with Heather Ryan, we talk more about public policy including the rural economy, jobs, wages, health care and a host of other issues. 

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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Heather Ryan - Democrat Running in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District

This year there are seven Democrats vying for the opportunity to represent Iowa in the Third Congressional District. While we don't "do politics" on the Business News Hour we think it's important to give each of these candidates voice up to the June Primary. Here, in Part One of her interview we introduce you to Heather Ryan. In Part Two we talk more about her policy ideas. Meet Heather Ryan...

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 Eddie J. Mauro - Democrat Iowa’s Third Congressional District

While we usually do not "do politics" on the Business News Hour there has never been such a time when business and politics are so entwined. Currently there are seven individuals seeking the Democratic nomination to run for Congress in Iowa's Third Congressional District. We've made the decision to speak with each of them between now and the June Primary. Here, in the second part of our interview with Eddie J. Mauro, we talk about health care, taxes, the rural economy and more. Meet Eddie Mauro: 

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, Businesses and Budgets

Business groups from across Iowa are clamoring for the Iowa Legislature to reduce corporate taxes which they say, correctly, are the highest in the nation. They say it is a major problem when trying to lure business to the state. What they are not saying is that hardly any business pays the 12% rate and independent audits say Iowa ranks in the middle of all states in the U.S. We turned to economist and educator Peter Fisher from the Iowa Public Policy Project to share with us his view. In addition we asked if now, given the fiscal mess the state budget is in, how we might square that with receiving less through taxes. 

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 National Farmers Union with Aaron Lehman

There is a high degree of probability that you have never heard of the National Farmers Union, an organization that was founded back in 1905...we're about to change that. Meet Aaron Lehman the president of the National Farmers Union of Iowa. Here Aaron explains what his organization does, who they represent and why family farming here and across the nation is critical to our economy. Farming...it's a difficult business. Learn more here, during 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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Mental Health Care in Iowa - Crisis for Business

Early in December there was a political forum which featured twelve of the thirteen people running for governor of Iowa. The event sponsored by the Des Moines Register, Des Moines University and the Iowa Hospital Association drew over 700 people to hear about the delivery of mental health care in Iowa. The conversation, which we live Tweeted, was stunning. Following the event we asked Peggy Huppert from NAMI-Iowa to come in and discuss where Iowa is at when it comes to mental health care, how our care delivery impacts families and business. We think you'll find this enlightening...and a bit scary.

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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Legislative Priorities from the Greater Des Moines Partnership

Before we know it the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session will kick off. Each year, prior to the session, the Greater Des Moines Partnership meets with stakeholders to determine the priorities they believe will be helpful to businesses and communities the organization represents. Here Joe Murphy the Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs and Public Policy shares the four items on the Partnership's "Wish List". We think the conversation is important and a peek at what is to come starting January 8th. 

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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Sexual Harassment and Business

The news is astounding: Business executives, teachers, news media types and, yes, even some politicians are being "outed" by women who, in some cases, are coming forward decades following the abuse. Here we visit with former and current media person Brooke Benschoter about her experiences, what constitutes sexual harassment, where it may be going and what just might be the answer. This is also a clear business issue that impacts employees, productivity and branding. 

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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