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The Business News Headlines 20 July 2020

We're back to Monday and any bump on Wall Street can be traced to technology.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • The tech crunch for Nasdaq;
  • Mall owners gambling a bit;
  • Pipelines in the U.S. shutting down;
  • Roundup and Bayer no party yet;
  • Student loans's an issue;
  • Credit complaints are piling up;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Airbnb going backwards to survive.

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The Business News Headlines 6 May 2020

The Dow and the S&P 500 fell today for the first time in three sessions.  We'll share what happened and why. Here's what we've got on tap for you today:

  • Cutting jobs yet distributing cash to shareholders;
  • The Paycheck Protection Program back in the news;
  • Brace yourself...the April Jobs Report could be very bad;
  • When Clorox Cleaning Wipes "might" be back in the store;
  • If disinfectant is hot...what is not;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The shoppers failed to show up.

Those stories PLUS coming soon to the Tomorrow Plan Speakers Series is Professor Gregory Shill from the University of Iowa School of Law. Here, in a preview of his talk with information gleaned from his recent article in The Atlantic, Greg shares with us the disturbing reality of how motor vehicles, by law, have taken over so much of our lives. How the nation, states and communities have played into our "vehicle obsession". Finally we'll talk about what makes a community a "Lovable Community". To register for the Tomorrow Plan Speakers Series on 14 May follow this link.  To listen to our conversation follow this link. 

Thanks for coming by. 

The Business News Headlines 27 April 2020

For small business owners who were hoping to take part in the Paycheck Protection Program it's like Groundhog Day all over again.  Here are the top business news stories for today the 27th of April, 2020.

  • "It ain't workin'." say lenders;
  • Oil is back in the news;
  • "The food supply is broken!";
  • It's a good time to be a restructuring expert;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Not paying credit cards? You are not alone.

Those stories plus a two  part conversation with former Admiral Mike Franken who is attempting to become the next U.S. Senator from the state  of Iowa. 

Here is Part One with Michael Franken.

Here is Part Two with Admiral Mike Franken and his 2020 bid to become the next U.S. Senator from Iowa.  

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Admiral Mike Franken on Public Policy - United States Senate Part Two

Here, in part two of my interview with Admiral Michael Franken, we talk about several public policy issues from jobs to climate change, to agriculture to rural broadband access to roads, bridges and more. "This is about leadership, proven leadership." - Michael Franken.  Here is his campaign website which speaks to what is right for...Iowa. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday 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 Noon 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 17 February 2020

The lingering concern about the coronavirus now has Apple saying it will miss it's revenue forecast for the March quarter and we'll share why. It's the business news headlines for Monday the 17th of February, President's Day so the markets are closed. Today we've got these stories:

  • Apple and revenue;
  • GM leaving three countries;
  • Another retail company files Chapter 11;
  • We've got a milk story;
  • Global markets were up today;
  • Tesla told to stop construction in Germany;
  • China is, literally, laundering its money;
  • The high cost of a Tweet.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard joins me to chat it up about business events in the Greater Des Moines Metro and she's got quite a list.  Laura has the business events blog and teaches at Drake University as well as the Des Moines Area Community College. PLUS she is the primary at The Runway Innovation and Events Studio at Southridge. Click here for that conversation. 

Thanks for listening. 


The Business News Headlines 11 February 2020

What goes up must come down and that's what happened today on Wall Street as investors still don't know what to make about the coronavirus. In the business news today:

  • Surging household debt and the economy;
  • Farmers vs. Trucking;
  • Pot may not be the "cash cow";
  • The Sprint/T-Mobile Deal;
  • What media tops consumers might surprise you.

Those stories PLUS a two-part interview with Cal Woods who is seeking the nomination to run for the U.S. Senate to represent the State of Iowa.

Here is Part One with Cal Woods

Here is Part Two with Cal.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 10 February 2020

Wall Street rebounded from the sell off on Friday as investors looked beyond several key concerns. It's the Monday Edition of the business news headlines. Today:

  • The Trump Budget and pesky numbers;
  • Yes we're still concerned about the coronavirus;
  • Foam cups are fighting for their lives;
  • Wall Street came back with tech leading;
  • What? Amazon vs.'s a story;
  • The Oscars broke two records last night.

Those stories plus....Each Monday Laura Kinnard, the author of, and I chat it up about business events going on this week in the Des Moines, Iowa Metro and...there are plenty. From networking to publishing parties to branding talk to diversity to chamber talk, to celebrating advertising we've got a full week.  Pick one or two and then...GO! And, if you want us to chat it up about your event just use #DMBizEvents on Social Media and Laura will pick it up. Listen to this week's lineup here. 

Thanks for listening!  

The Business News Headlines 27 January 2020

It's the final week of January 2020 and the volatile nature of business has lots of stories today.  On tap for you this Monday:

  • Kobe Bryant and his business empire;
  • GAP closed more stores yesterday;
  • Johnson & Johnson says they are working on a new vaccine;
  • The coronavirus and the stock market;
  • Boeing gets a lifeline;
  • Drug stores are running out of...facemasks. 

Those stories's Monday and Laura Kinnard from Drake University, DMACC, The Runway at Southridge and the blog, DMBizMixer joins me to chat it up about business events in the greater Des Moines, Iowa area. Today we're talking about the AMA Experience, finding your key customer with the Iowa Center, getting some startup help, coworking, the 2020 economic outlook and much more.  Oh...and the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealer Association event this week. If you want us to highlight your business event it's #DMBizEvents on your social media and Laura will pick it up. Here is that conversation. 

Thanks for listening! 


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!

The Business News Headlines 24 December 2019

Christmas Eve and yep, we're working the business news stories of the day. A programming note we'll be absent tomorrow (markets are closed) however if you watch our Twitter Stream @IOB_NewsHour you'll get to hear some of our most requested interviews of the past year.  On tap for today:

  • Why do retail stores play music and who picks it out?
  • Boeing employees may have had worries about the Max 737;
  • Stocks closed mixed today;
  • A Nike shoe sells out, in North America, in two hours.

Those stories plus a conversation with Dr. Dan McGehee from the Public Policy Center of the University of Iowa. He oversees safety and vehicles. We'll be talking about automatic functions that are here and some that are coming and the difference between "automatic" and "autonomous".  Click here to listen! 

Thanks for coming by! 

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