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The Business News Headlines 28 April 2022

The gross domestic product of the United States contracted by 1.4 in the first quarter of the year. But, there is a but and that story leads us off today. In addition stay with us because today is an International Day of Mourning remembering the workers who died due to illness or injury while on the job. You'll be hearing from Charlie Wishman the President of the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO about the day and the 71 Iowans remembered at multiple stops across the state.  For the interview you'll been the great talent of John Busbee as we talk marketing and culture...yes, there is a connection. Let's go!

  • The economy shrank but, there is a but;
  • 120,000 pounds of ground beef recalled and why;
  • Disney & DeSantis - We've got new...news;
  • Taking a page out of Costco's playbook;
  • McDonald's leaving Russia but it's very expensive;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Charlie Wishman about the Workers Memorial Day.

For the interview you'll meet John Busbee who is a marketer, writer, film producer and the founder of The Culture Buzz. What does marketing and culture have in common?  You can hear that conversation by clicking this link.

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The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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. 

 

The Iowa Unity Coalition with Founder Mitch Henry

Not long ago a group of people in Iowa decided they wanted to form a group that would be non-partisan but would support "diverse and progressive candidates. The Iowa Unity Coalition was born. Here you'll meet Mitch Henry the Chair of the group that is now in some 47 counties and has supported a number of candidates with financial contributions and help win about 70% of the races they support. Who are they and what do they do? Asked and answered here. 

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The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

The Business News Headlines 23 November 2021

Our top story today will depress the heck out of my granddaughter...the Dollar Store is officially dead as Dollar Tree today raised their prices by a whopping 25%.  Also today you'll meet Rep. Ras Smith a Iowa House member who has announced his intention to become the next governor of this state. The intersection of business and politics today.

  • The Dollar Store Story;
  • President Biden and oil;
  • Are gas prices historically high?
  • Walmart ain't going back to 24/7;
  • Best Buy and organized crime;
  • Retailers betting on Black Friday foot traffic;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • He will take his salary in...Bitcoin.

Also today you'll meet Rep. Ras Smith (D-Waterloo) and his really interesting story. Rep. Smith is running to become the next Iowa governor so we talk about business, education, hunting and so much more. To listen, click here.

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

Ras Smith - A Conversation About Iowa

While we don't do "politics" on the Business News Hour we do realize that politics and business are greatly linked. Employers want highly skilled bright workers and those workers must come from world class classrooms. Many women have left the workforce because there is a lack of reliable child care and the list goes on. Today you'll meet Rep. Ras Smith (D-Waterloo) who has announced his candidacy for governor. You're just a click away from a whole host of issues that impact every person and business in the State of Iowa. Go...

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The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

A Medical Cannabis Update with Steven Wilson of MedPharm

You would think that now, nearly three years into medical cannabis being legal in the State of Iowa folks might have a better handle on the changes that have been taking place. However, there remains lots of misinformation about what is legal, what works, how it works, how products are made and who can take advantage of them. Here returning guest Steven Wilson the dispensary manager for MedPharm sits down to give us the real story and, perhaps, where all of this may go. Learn more about Iowa's Newest Crop...

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The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

The Business News Headlines 30 June 2021

The final day of June and the number of new workers, according to ADP, may set the pace for a better economy. Here's what we've got for you today:

  • The ADP jobs report was solid;
  • U.S. Tribal Governments get some cash;
  • A new crop of folks buying RV's;
  • Ford is shutting down some plants and why;
  • New regulations will impact the autonomous vehicle market;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • And, Apple not moving on working from the office.

Those stories plus a brief conversation with J.D. Scholten, a former congressional candidate from Iowa, who is cross-crossing the state talking about voting rights. It's called Democracy on Tap. Now, you might wonder if there is a business aspect to this and...there is.  J.D. explains. To listen, click here.

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

 

Democracy on Tap with J.D. Scholten

Late last evening we were able to catch up with J.D. Scholten in one of many stops he's made with Democracy on Tap a voting rights effort from the New Iowa Project. The event, held at a local brewpub (like all the stops), is designed to get voting activists involved following the recent purge of voters from the rolls as well as a long list of "voter suppression" legislation recently passed by the Iowa Legislature. You might be wondering why we covered this event...because our focus is on business. Well, there is a very real business impact...click through to learn more. 

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

The Business News Headlines 11 May 2021

Some massive moves on Wall Street today as investors are in a word...spooked. Meanwhile some changes are coming regarding unemployment benefits and folks are concerned. Speaking of employment we'll be visiting today with Keenan Crow about kids, sports and gender.  It's a story playing out in some 30 U.S. states.  But first, the news:

  • Biden says you must take that job;
  • The link between jobs and the cost of goods;
  • The Dow cratered today and we'll share why;
  • Retirees are mad as hell at Verizon;
  • The Jones Act and fuel is a story;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Our ever expanding "unfriendly skies".

Then, for the interview it's Keenan Crow the Director of Policy and Advocacy for One Iowa. We're talking about kids, sports and gender.  As we said earlier this is not only about Iowa because some thirty states are also considering similar moves. What is it all about? What is the business connection? Why does it matter?  All asked and answered. To listen, click this link

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

 

Transgender Youth, Sports and Business with Keenan Crow

Recently Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA) surprised even members of her own party when she, on Fox News, announced she wanted a bill on her desk to deal with keeping transgender youth from participating in sports. The bill would make sure kids who self-identify their gender are not allowed in sporting activities that do not match the sex of their birth. She says it is about "fairness".  Meanwhile business groups in Iowa are clamoring for highly skilled and motivated workers. We think there is a link. With me is Keenan Crow the Director of Policy and Advocacy for One Iowa. To learn more about this issue from One Iowa here is yet another link from One Iowa Action - Let Them Play.  

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

The Business News Headlines 1 March 2021

Welcome to a brand new month...where did February go?  A reminder that if you want to follow us on Twitter you can do that @IOB_NewsHour. Here are the top business news stories we've got for you today:

  • An unexpected tax bill for millions;
  • Apple stores are...ready?  Open;
  • Wind, Texas and the United Kingdom;
  • Speaking of Texas...Chapter 11 is a deal;
  • Time is ticking for the COVID19 Relief Bill;
  • Heard about the "Wealth Tax"? You will today;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The "Fight for 15" lost a round today.

Those stories plus, for the interview, you'll meet Iowa House Member Ras. Smith (D-Waterloo) who is concerned about workers and worker safety. We talk about that and several other items and the legislation is is proposing this week. He says business groups should support it because it will increase productivity, profits and create a better state for talented workers to enter.  To listen to that conversation, click here.

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