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The Business News Headlines 24 March 2021

Midweek already and welcome to the business news headlines. Can you tell it's tax time? Several of our stories today center on that so let's go!

  • Today $81 billion to schools to reopen;
  • Stimulus checks and Social Security;
  • Did you get your IRS letter?
  • The back-log on paper tax returns is...huge;
  • Why you may not want to extend your tax deadline;
  • Amazon is Big Brother say workers;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • How about a "Work-Cation"?

Those stories and you'll meet entrepreneur Gale McKinney from Twin Rivers Media as we talk about the publishing business and how his very niche magazines work during a time when others are floundering. You can hear that conversation here. 

Meet Entrepreneur and Publisher Gale McKinney

I have had the pleasure of knowing Gale McKinney for decades and why this is the first time he's graced our microphones is amazing (and I'm a bit embarrassed). Gale is the founder of Twin Rivers Media the publisher of American Cattlemen, American Dairymen and The Iowa Sportsman. In addition, Gale and his family own a retail sporting goods store and a hardware store. Here we talk about the magazine business, the niche markets he serves and the boom in Iowa outdoor activity. Meet Gale: 

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 Multi-National Cemen Tech with CEO Conner Deering

It's amazing what we sometimes stumble on. About two weeks ago we received a press release about an acquisition in the UK by a company based in Central Iowa. That got us to digging a bit and we came face to face with Cemen Tech a manufacturing company that makes something called Volumetric Concrete Trucks. Intrigued we invited CEO Connor Deering in for a conversation. And...wow. Forget about the old style cement trucks you're familiar with...this is something drastically different. And the ecological impact is also a big deal. Meet Connor Deering.  

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 3 March 2021

The Mid-Week edition and welcome to Wednesday. It was another down day on Wall Street and we'll share why. Plus, for the interview, former Des Moines Register journalist Kyle Munson will be in to talk about the newly minted Western Iowa Journalism Foundation. But, first the news:

  • More changes to the COVID19 Relief Bill;
  • Americans are rushing to file their tax returns;
  • How the "Death Tax" became a big worry;
  • U.S. wages are up but...there is a but;
  • Job cuts and Exxon and morale;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Masks? We don't need no stinkin' masks!

Then, as we said, Kyle Munson is in for the interview. Having spent 24 years with the Des Moines Register Kyle is now with Principal Financial but...his love of journalism has led him to become the president of the Western Iowa Journalism Foundation. Why does it exist and will he be going on RAGBRAI this year...to listen click here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Western Iowa Journalism Foundation with Kyle Munson

What might happen if there are no local news outlets? Who would report on the city council or school board or the local events that go on in every community? Meet Kyle Munson a long-time journalist with the Des Moines Register and who now heads up the Western Iowa Journalism Foundation. While this may sound like a hyper-local story it has implications for journalism across the nation. Here is Kyle...

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.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business of Worker Safety with Rep. Ras Smith

If you missed our exclusive interview with Rep. Ras Smith (D-Waterloo) this past Sunday on News/Talk 1540 KXEL here is that conversation. Rep. Smith tells us he is committed to providing for worker safety in Iowa and to that end is preparing legislation for consideration. We talk about the plight of "essential workers", COVID19, OSHA and why business, for productivity and profit, should be paying attention to worker health and safety. 

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 9 February 2021

Welcome back and thanks for listening. Wall Street investors took a pause today and we'll share that story and these. Plus make sure you stick around for the interview today with Jill Gonzalez from Wallet Hub as we discuss which states are "Safe" with regard to COVID19 and which states are unsafe.  It's a stunning report.  But, first the news:

  • A look at mortgage delinquencies and a surprise;
  • Investors hit the pause button;
  • Apple and autonomous vehicles;
  • GameStop dropped again today;
  • Banks & Overdraft Fees a story and tips;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • "Who let the Dogecoin out" and more on Bitcoin.

Those stories plus this conversation with Wallet Hub analyst Jill Gonzalez about COVID19 and the states, using five metrics, their study says are safe and those who they say are...unsafe.  To listen to that shocking story, click here.

Thanks for listening! 

Is It Safe - COVID19 & Ranking the States with Wallet Hub

Last week we received a press release from Wallet Hub a financial literacy site based in Washington D.C. that ranked the 50 states regarding their overall safety when it comes to COVID19.  The study used five metric points and ranked each state.  Here, Jill Gonzalez, a Wallet Hub analyst, breaks down the safest states in the nation and those that are the most unsafe. Here too is the study and know that Wallet Hub updates the standings every two weeks.  Meet Jill Gonzalez: 

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 3 February 2021

Midweek and while the markets closed mixed there are signs pointing to a more robust economic recovery.  By the way, you can follow us all day on Twitter @IOB_NewsHour. Here's what we've got for you today:

  • One word can describe Wall Street today..."meh";
  • The gap is getting wider. What does that...mean?
  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen wants a meeting;
  • Oil prices were up again today and why;
  • Another day another GameStop story;
  • Cattle, Feed and a Feud;
  • Pandemic home remodeling is rockin';
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Some new vaccine news.

Those stories PLUS I'll visit with Katie Olthoff about a startup that launched during the pandemic.  It's part of our series about entrepreneurs who took the dive during COVID19 and are making things happen. Katie and her partner launched Chop Local. Think farmers/ranchers, small processing facilities and consumers. And, yes, it is scalable. To listen, just click here! 

Thanks for listening! 

 

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