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Business News Headlines 13 November 2018

Another volatile day on Wall Street as the Blue Chips rose by 100 points only to fall 200 points from their session's what we have on tap for you today:

  • Amazon made it official NYC and Arlington, VA - Not everybody is happy;
  • Americans are finding it harder and harder to get ahead...we'll tell that tale;
  • Six weeks ago oil prices were climbing today oil lost yet again we'll share why;
  • What happens when you don't embrace technology? Ask Burger King;
  • Nationwide Insurance to lay off 1,100 employees;
  • What happened today on Wall Street and why? We've got the numbers.

Those stories and a conversation about Davita Kidney Care which just opened another facility this time in Windsor Heights, Iowa. We'll talk about what the firm does, why it's expanding at a rapid rate and more about your...kidneys.  

Thanks for listening! 


Congressman Eric Swalwell in Iowa and We Asked Questions

We've just been through the midterm elections and some people say they are tired of anything to do with politics. However, our work comes to you from Iowa which is the crossroads for the 2020 election.  In this segment we welcome back Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) to our microphones and chat with him about his remarks to the Iowa Asian/Latino Coalition and congratulate him on the birth of his new baby girl...yes, we did. 

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 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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.


The Business News Headlines 1 November 2018

We were told today that the talks with China went well. How well and the details we don't know but just that small bit of hope sent the markets up. Who says we don't live in a global economy. Some of the stores you'll here today:

  • Google employees walk off the job at locations all across the globe;
  • Sears to license manufacturing of some key name brands to third parties;
  • The White House says the federal minimum wage is a bad idea;
  • The sad story of farming in America this time it's the dairy industry;
  • Voting has already happened on Wall Street and there is a big surprise;
  • What happened today on Wall Street and why.

In for The Interview is the principal of Valley West High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Recently the Jewish Community Relations Commission offered yet another of their lecture series and this time it deals with implicit bias.  What is it, how to combat it, what it means for education and business and finally how do we control our own bias.  David Maxwell is here for The Interview


The Business News Headlines 25 October 2018

We've got the business news headlines on your time. Rather than have to sit next to the radio our daily podcast brings you the business news and the interviews that you need to know...when you want it. Today we're checking out these stories for you:

  • It was a party on Wall Street...but what happened yesterday?
  • Ford Motor Company has been in trouble but could they turn it around?
  • Southwest Airlines says fuel costs are going up and investors don't like the sound of that;
  • So, now another tax cut from President Trump and it has the GOP scrambling;
  • The drug crisis in this nation is real. Last year it cost the lives of 70,000 people and there is more;
  • Bikes and package delivery...UPS is going back to its roots in its home town.

Those stories and in for The Interview is Christina Moffatt from the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Coming up in early November the Partnership and their partners are putting on another Small Business Success Summit. What can you expect to learn and what are the programs that will offer you some take-a-ways for your small business? We'll share all right here.

Thanks for listening! 


The Business News Headlines - 19 October 2018

The end of the business week and we've got the Friday Edition of the Business News Hour. On tap today it's sort of an Amazon day with three stories that touch on the company:

  • Amazon seems to be closing in on the location of its second headquarters;
  • The pay increase for Amazon workers is not working out so well;
  • Has Walmart found a way to battle back Amazon?
  • Ford Motor Company is in trouble so the CEO had to calm dealers down;
  • The Savery Hotel in downtown Des Moines is open, $20 million later;
  • What happened on Wall Street and...why.

Those stories plus a conversation with Lucas Nelson from MedPharm. The company are opening up two dispensaries next in Sioux City and the other in Windsor Heights. We talk about the business, the Iowa legislature and more.

Also we'll have some fun with Cityview Magazine as we check out Stuff to DO in the Metro with Jeff Pitts and Parker Reed...

Thanks for listening! 


The Business News Headlines 17 October 2018

Yesterday's party on Wall Street ended today as investors took a look at the Fed Meeting Minutes...yeah that interest rate stuff. Here's what we shareing today:

  • We take a deep dive into the tax cuts...are they paying for themselves?
  • Last week it was Ford that announced layoffs today it's drug giant Pfizer;
  • In what nations do people retire younger...and older? We've got a list;
  • West Des Moines, Iowa is getting a major sports complex;
  • A North Central Iowa manufacturer produces some record revenue numbers;
  • And, yes, we'll check out what happened today on Wall Street.

Those stories plus in for The Interview is Ruth Ann Gaines (D-Des Moines) who is running for re-election in Iowa House District 32. Mrs. Gaines is a former educator who represents people just northeast of downtown Des Moines in an area she describes as economically challenged. Meet Ruth Ann Gaines:

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The Business News Headlines - 10 October 2018

Each weekday at about 5pm Central we offer up the business news headlines but, you don't have to be stuck in your vehicle or your can listen on YOUR time. In the business news today:

  • Is the party over as the Dow drops over 800 points;
  • Amazon made good today on their promise to adjust wages for long term employees;
  • Ford announces lay-offs...that could be as high as 24,000 workers. Why? We'll share;
  • Sears may be getting ready to say "good-bye";
  • Michael shuts down oil and gas production in the Gulf;
  • And, yep, the headwinds the markets are facing.

Those stories and a conversation with Matthew McIver the Artistic Director of the professional group the Iowa Stage Theatre Company that has roots going back generations. What does live theatre mean to the quality of life and recruitment/retention of top talent?  We asked that question and more...

Thanks for coming by! 


The Business News 9 October 2018

So much going on today but not to won't miss out. We've got some of the top business news stories plus a bit of public policy as we sit down with three people running for public office. But, first the news:

  • Housing intrest rates climb to 5% and that will have an impact on the housing market;
  • Considering retirement? Not until you can answer three questions;
  • New news about the Amazon pay raise and it's...mixed;
  • Papa John's stock is going up and we'll tell you why;
  • Sam and Gabe's closed their doors and the reason may not surprise you;
  • What happened today on Wall Street?  We'll share.

Also today we sit down with Rob Sand who is seeking the statewide office of Auditor. What does the State Auditor do? Why does it mater? What's the deal with the state budget? What's going on with your tax dollars and for-profit medicaid?  We asked and Rob Sand has an answers.

Also today we're going to spend some time in rural Iowa and visit with two Iowa House candidates. First up is David Weaver who is running in House District 47 which is much of Boone County. He's got a great story that we think you'll appreciate.  Meet David Weaver:

Then we'll introduce you to Tim Winter who is running for the Iowa House in District 48. It's a huge area made up of part of Webster, Story and Boone Counties and all of Hamilton County. Tim Winter gets lots of windshield time.

Thanks for listening!


Business News Headlines 8 October 2018

Coming to you from Boone, Iowa it's the Business News Hour for Monday the 8th of October. In the news today you'll learn why we're here plus:

  • Folks what to know what is in;
  • Bond funds are in trouble but there is a silver lining;
  • A rising tide lifts all boats...but, what if you don't have a boat;
  • More bad news today from Tesla;
  • What happened, and why, on Wall Street.

Those stories and more about why we took a road trip today.  Also we've got Jay Byers from the Greater Des Moines Partnership in to talk a bit about the upcoming Annual Dinner and the speaker who will join so many on 17 January.

We're also going to visit with Ro Crosbie the founder, president and CEO of Tero International. Her company recently was recognized as The Best the Des Moines Business Record. What do awards men to the company, staff and (more important) the customers and clients. We'll chat about that and more.

Thanks for coming by!


Business News Headlines 3 October 2018

Busy news day today with lots of information and a couple of stunning interviews. Today we'll share stories about:

  • The economy is roaring. Everybody is doing just dandy...or are they;
  • Amazon won't be giving its workers bonuses or stock shares, we'll tell why;
  • And the most wealthy person on the planet is...;
  • Barnes and Noble stock was up, big time, today. Why? Yeah, we'll tell you;
  • Wi-Fi gets numbers rather than gibberish;
  • The markets? We'll check the numbers.

For our first interview it's the CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Jay Byers who is in to talk about tariffs and more to the point trade with...(wait for it)...Cuba. Jay Byers on trade and more.

Also today, you've heard the stories about how Amazon is playing all of us for fools and that the U.S. Post Office is taking a big hit. Not true says Vic McCuen the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers - Central Iowa Merged Branch. We'll also talk about the effort to take the post office...private and what that would do for Rural America. The price of stamps, retirement costs oh...and the eyes and ears of your neighborhood.  Vic McCuen a click away.