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The Business News Headlines 22 January 2020

It's been a day of impeachment hearings and concerns over a new virus imported from China. In fact, China figures in several of our stories today:

  • Not going to give up plastic says Coca-Cola;
  • Yet another retail chain closing stores;
  • Did the FAA do a "sweetheart" deal for Southwest;
  • The fallout from two years of a trade war coming home to roost;
  • Vaccine stocks were up...think China;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Worst City - Best City to grow up in the U.S. and why.

Those stories plus a riveting conversation about cannabis production in the United States. You'll meet John Haas from Phoenix, Arizona who tells me it's worse than the wild west when it comes to nearly everything concerning the growing of cannabis...and he's a grower.  You can catch that here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 20 January 2020

Back from an assignment in Arizona it's the Monday Edition of the Business News Headlines. While it was warmer there it still wasn't home.  In the news today:

  • Harry and Meghan to follow Barack and Michelle;
  • Bad news from global auto sales;
  • Boeing is looking for cash;
  • Delta had a good year so they are sharing;
  • Buying votes in farm country;
  • U.S. markets closed but a quick look at global stocks;
  • Tony Romo about to get a big paycheck.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard from Drake University and is in to chat it up about business events happening in the Greater Des Moines Metro.  Listen up right here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 15 January 2020

It's true, the business news headlines are coming to you this week from Arizona where it's brown...not white like back home in Iowa.  In the news today:

  • The new trade deal and agriculture...what if?
  • No joy in "Toyland" says Target;
  • GM and temporary workers;
  • Tesla may win with the new trade deal but not for cars;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Workers and Weight an issue nobody wants to discuss.

Those stories and we'll talk construction with Creighton Cox, a return visitor to the News Hour, and this time is's about the construction industry both on a local and national level. Creighton recently became the Business Development Manager for Turner Construction an international company. The fact that Creighton is in this position tells us that the company is planning some serious work in the Hawkeye State...yes? You can listen here.


The Business News Headlines 14 January 2020

It was nice while it lasted...think conflicting signals when it comes to China and Trade. It's the Tuesday Edition of the Business News Headlines. Today:

  • Trump Trade Tariffs to stay in place;
  • Wages & Restaurant Workers;
  • Shake Shack gets inventive;
  • It once was the world's largest airplane maker;
  • Amazon and FedEx make nice;
  • The Market Report from Wall Street;
  • Work for Food? But, does

Those stories plus we get hyper-local with a fun couple Angela Carter from Skin - Body - Soul and Beau Fodor from Panache who are teaming up with their friends from Williams-Sonoma at the Jordan Creek Town Center. Listen as they chat about their business and a special event happening just in time for Valentine's Day. Also, if you pre-register for the event by calling Williams-Sonoma at 515-225-6613 we understand the first 25 people will receive a free VIP Bag. How neat is that?  Ready? Go right here to listen. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 13 January 2019

It's back to Monday and the 13th day of January...thanks for coming by.  In the business news headlines today:

  • There is a mystery in many American shopping malls;
  • Five words that define our current state of economics;
  • A signing event at the White House but....
  • The markets delivered again today;
  • Netflix shares surge and we'll tell you why;
  • The brands you trust have much to do with your...age.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard from is in to chat it up about business events in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Have a listen!

Thanks, again, for coming by. 

The Business News 10 January 2020

Welcome to the Friday Edition of the business news headlines. Today we've got these stories ready for you:

  • Anemic job numbers and wage growth put a damper on the week;
  • More retail sales troubles;
  • Why are brands leaving and what comes next;
  • The Wall Street numbers for the day;
  • Starter homes seem to be making a comeback.

Those stories plus a rare two-part conversation. This time it's about poverty in Iowa and the United States. That uncomfortable reality nobody seems to want to discuss. Today you'll hear from four activists who are bringing the Poor People's Campaign - A National Call for a Moral Revival to Des Moines, Iowa next week. Some stunning numbers and you may be surprised at just who the poor folks...are.

Part One of that interview with Rev. Jessica Petersen, labor leader John Campbell, activist Ayisha Al-Hassan and national organizer Clinton Wright can be heard here.

Part Two of the event scheduled for the 14th and 15th of January at the First Christian Church in the Drake Neighborhood can be heard here.

Thanks for listening! 


The Business News Headlines 2 January 2020

Welcome back to the first news day of 2020! But, really those mid-week holidays have us doing another Monday.  In the news today:

  • Gas prices follow oil prices so, guess what;
  • Drug companies have started raising prices;
  • It was a costly quarter for Victoria's Secret;
  • The $30 Pizza-Gate in NYC;
  • Tesla stock way up and why;
  • Smoking is out a U-Haul;
  • Wall Street had a stellar day;
  • Pot now legal in Illinois think revenue.

Those stories plus a look back at the biggest news interviews of 2019. This time it's about Black Businesses and Black Friday.  It was a monster hit with Abena Imhotep enjoy!

The Business News Headlines 30 December 2019

Back to we really ever left...right?  It's the business news headlines for the final Monday of 2019. In the news today:

  • A new Federal Reserve study on tariffs says....
  • New shipping costs for stuff over 50 pounds;
  • More retail headaches coming in 2020;
  • New Tesla vehicles are out...all made in China;
  • Gas prices to go up soon and why;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • How about "Paw-Ternaty Leave" Paid.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard on this holiday shortened week with some business events. Laura from DM Biz Mixer can be heard right here.

Thanks for coming by. 


The Business News 27 December 2019

Could you tell it was a Friday just before another holiday?  We could. Sorta quiet but lots and lots of people working social media.  Hey, it's...Friday.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Awash in profits big banks cutting employees;
  • Do you really want that Amazon fulfillment center in your town;
  • UPS says watch out for January 2nd;
  • Wages are up but...there is a but;
  • This fast food company beats everybody else and there is a reason.
  • Wall Street notched a mixed day but records we established.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine is with us chatting it up about Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Listen to!

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 26 December 2019

Back from the holiday and the stock market continued its winning ways today. That is part of what we've got to share with you. In other business news:

  • Consumers spent loads this holiday season;
  • Yet another reason to part with some of your cash;
  • Workers in half of U.S. states to get a raise;
  • Shoppers tell Target to ditch the plastic;
  • The Santa Session is happening on Wall Street;
  • Got sloppy co-workers? A researcher says there are two reasons for that.

Those stories plus a two part interview with Admiral Mike Franken who is running to represent the Democrats in the November 2020 election and become the new junior U.S. Senator from Iowa. Here is Part One of that conversation.

And, here is part two of my interview with Mike Franken.

Thanks for coming by!