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The Business News Headlines 9 January 2020

It was a record setting day on Wall Street and we'll get to those numbers in just a bit but first here are the top business news stories from today:

  • 10,000 people applied for a job that pays...zero;
  • But, if you wanna get paid Taco Bell has a sweet deal;
  • Trucking Industry = Trouble;
  • Department Store Industry = Trouble;
  • The Dairy Industry = Trouble (sort of a downer huh?);
  • The Wall Street Report and troubling news from Iran;
  • Environmental impacts studies?  Maybe.

Those stories plus we'll offer up one of the most listened to interviews from all of 2019. You seemed to really enjoy this short piece featuring Peter Stockdale from The Audible Farm Podcast. Peter and I sat down and talked podcasting and how much fun he's having entertaining thousands through his show.  Here is that conversation.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 8 January 2020

The day after the ICBM attack on U.S. bases in Iraq gave some pause. But then...well, not so much. It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 8th of January:

  • How much money you make impacts the likelihood of an IRS audit;
  • The employee idea that doubled business for Amazon;
  • General Motors starting to make good on its contract with the UAW;
  • Robots on the loose;
  • We've got a couple of reports on jobs;
  • And, the Wall Street Report.

Those stories plus for the interview it's Ruth Hardin from Crossroads of Iowa. Think women, jail and treatment. It's not only a calling but also a way to save taxpayer dollars.  To hear that conversation, click here.

Thanks for listening! 

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. 

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Legislative Priorities from the Technology Association of Iowa

Knowing that every business is, at it's core, about technology the Technology Association of Iowa has a list of legislative priorities they will be taking to legislators as the 2020 session begins in January. Here Brian Waller the TAI President talks about the four main issues and offers some background on:

  • The Iowan Project;
  • IDEA Funding;
  • Empower Rural Iowa and Future Ready Iowa;
  • Innovation Tax Credits & Angel Investor Tax Credits.

Click through to learn more from Brian...

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 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! 

The Business News Headlines 26 November 2019

It was another positive day on Wall Street fueled, in part, by retail numbers. Welcome to the Tuesday Edition of the Business News Headlines. Today:

  • Gender Neutral Dolls...it's a thing...sort of;
  • Amazon is getting major pushback;
  • China and surveillance and American companies;
  • Travel going to be dicy this holiday;
  • Super Bowl advertising revenue...a big number.

Also today an in-depth conversation with Dr. Corinne Peak-Asa from the University of Iowa about on-farm injuries as a workforce issue. It seems they may be under-reported, there are treatment questions, payment issues and public policy concerns. You can hear that conversation here. 

Thanks for listening! 

On Farm Injuries - A Workplace Issue

Agriculture is such an important part of the Midwest and, unlike manufacturing, much of the work is done by humans. Here we visit with Dr. Corinne Peak-Asa from the University of Iowa who has recently concluded a study about on-farm accidents/injuries as a workforce issue. She finds that they are not only under reported but there are questions about who is paying for treatment, rural health care and public policy. It's worth listening to...even if you're a city-dweller. 

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 12 November 2019

America was waiting today for President Trump to talk about the U.S. China trade war during his economic speech in New York. That...didn't much happen. In the business news today:

  • Trump talk about everything but...China;
  • A photo with Santa for $2,500;
  • Sandy Hook parents may sue Remington;
  • Seems nobody's "Got Milk" these days;
  • Chrysler accused of "dumping" cars;
  • Disney + rolled out today...there were issues;
  • Bias in the workplace against....

Those stories plus a Small Business Spotlight that shines on Nancy and Dean Vetter who have a company (Iowa Custom Murphy Beds) that makes and installs Amish made Murphy Beds all across the county. It's a story I stumbled on and think you'll enjoy. You can hear that conversation here.

Thanks for listening.

Iowa Custom Murphy Beds - A Small Business Spotlight

Sometimes you find stories where you least expect them. This story comes about because of a sign on the side of a trailer that said, "Iowa Custom Murphy Beds". Now, the Murphy Bed is named after William Lawrence Murphy, who applied for his patent around 1900. These space saving beds fold into a wall or a cabinet and according to legend, Murphy was wooing an opera singer, but living in a one-room apartment in San Francisco, meant that the young lady would have to enter his bedroom. But, once folded into a cabinet the room was, well, no longer a...bedroom.  Here is Nancy Vetter with the story about their six year old company that produces Amish made...Murphy Beds.

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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National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

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