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The Business News Headlines 14 April 2021

It's the Wednesday Edition of the Business News Headlines and we've got a great long-form business interview coming your way today as well.  But first, here's what we've got for you:

  • As lockdowns ease fuel prices go up;
  • The fastest selling care in the U.S. is...
  • The Coinbase IPO story;
  • A U.S. shoe company CEO and $30 million;
  • More heat against voting restrictions;
  • Flying soon? Oh, that middle seat;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Bernie Madoff dies.

Those stories plus for the interview you'll meet Traci Galligan the Senior Vice President for Human Resources from the nation's largest insurer and financial services company NCMIC which, we bet, you may never have heard of. Their motto is "Taking Care of Our Own". Who are they and what do they do for clients and employees? Find out more by clicking through here. 

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines 1 April 2021

Welcome to a brand new month and, nope, no April Fools stuff going on here today but...oh the memories of those pranks still make me smile. Want to follow us on Twitter? You can do that @IOB_NewsHour.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • The American Jobs Plan...we break it down;
  • The life events that impact your care insurance costs;
  • "No Jab - No Job" says an employer and they mean it;
  • The Satan Shoe went to court;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • An update on the Pfizer vaccine.

Speaking of vaccines today you'll meet Brian Finley the Iowa City, Iowa man who several weeks ago launched @IAVaccineAlerts on Twitter. And now has done the same thing for Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois and Missouri...all as a volunteer.  He'll share why he did it...how it works and some of the stumbles he's had.  It's a great story and you can hear is by clicking ahead.

Thanks for listening! 

 

The Business News Headlines & Jeff 26 March 2021

Once again we made it to the weekend kids!  We've not only got some interesting business news stories for you but also Friday is our "Hyper-Local" day when we get to visit with Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine about Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro.  But first:

  • Get Vaccinated and Get Stuff;
  • Social Security and the IRS;
  • Some want tax credits to become permanent;
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders and Medicare;
  • The Taxman and Etsy, eBay and more;
  • Fox News sued for $1.6 billion;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • And, quit working so hard!

Those stories plus our look at Stuff to DO in the greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. Have some fun already and listen in!

 

Meet Eddie Mauro Candidate for the U.S.Senate from Iowa

While we don't often talk politics on the Business News Hour we, perhaps should, as politics and business intersect today more than ever. On our Business Newsmaker Line is candidate Eddie Mauro who is running to represent the Democrats for the U.S. Senate this coming November. Here we talk a bit about who Eddie is, leadership, management, business and much more. Click through. A programing note we have reached out to each of the individuals seeking their parties nomination and some have responded. We'll be bringing you their interviews at a later time. Meet Eddie Mauro and click ahead for Part Two. 

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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U.S. Senate Candidate Eddie Mauro Part Two

In this, the second part of our two-part conversation with Eddie Mauro we focus a bit on policy issues from health insurance to housing, the disparity of income, climate change and more. Listen in as we share more about his vision for, not only Iowa, but the nation. Here is part two.

Thanks for listening!

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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

The Business News Headlines 5 February 2020

Today Wall Street put a bunch of things behind them and focused on job numbers ahead of the official report due out on Friday.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Strong employment data an a rumor lifted the markets;
  • Yesterday a big day for Tesla...today? Not so much;
  • Macy's is closing and now opening stores;
  • The trade deficit shrinks;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Because of a duck, insurance has become fun;
  • Leadership changes at LinkedIn.

Those stories plus:  It's called "market research" you know...what people like and don't like when it comes to products and services. But in this interview there is a major twist. My guest is Robert (Lewy) Lewis the principal at Quester a company doing business with Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies. While there are many market research firms out there Quester is a bit different because they have perfected collecting consumer responses using artificial intelligence. What does that do to the sampling and speed of reporting? We'll let Lewy share that with you. 

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!

Automated Vehicles with Dan McGehee of the University of Iowa

We hear so much about self-driving vehicles but in reality how far away are they? My guest is Dr. Dan McGehee  the Director of the Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research Division at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center. What he has to say about automated vs. autonomous vehicles may surprise you. What is really amazing is that his team works on projects that are 20 years ahead of production.  

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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

The Business News 19 December 2019

Even with the impeachment vote in the U.S. House of Representatives business barely noticed. It's the business news headlines for Thursday the 19th of December, thanks for being here.  In the news:

  • Walmart and "high-end" booze;
  • New retirement plans on the horizon;
  • Oh oh...beef prices headed up;
  • Starbucks & Sick Leave;
  • Another Obamacare decision to impact 2020;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • $1.7 million in questionable payments...think Iowa;
  • Uber slapped with a $4.4 million fine.

Those stories plus a conversation about the restaurant business with Kathleen McGuire the wife and business partner of Chef Jacob Demars who has brought a new eatery to the Greater Des Moines Metro. R I Restaurant is in our Small Business Spotlight and you get to meet Kathleen here.

Thanks for listening! 

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! 

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