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The Business News & More 8 November 2019

It's got Wall Street as well as reporters asking the question, "What in the world is going on with U.S. trade policy?" It's the Friday Edition and here's what we've got for you.

  • Tariffs and China - At this point nobody knows;
  • How about those auto tariffs;
  • Amazon is in trouble...again;
  • The Dick's Sporting Goods and Guns story;
  • Coke is having an AHA moment;
  • Older workers ain't goin' anywhere.

Those stories and Jeff Pitts the Managing Editor for Cityview Magazine is with us to chat it up about Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. We've got music, sports, the arts...tons of stuff. To listen in just click here.

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The Business News and More 7 November 2019

It was hats and horns on Wall Street as investors believe there may be an end in sight for the trade war between the U.S. and China. But, there is a but.  Stories today:

  • It's not yet a done deal and what is the..."But";
  • Millions of American's are in serious financial trouble;
  • Low wage jobs abound and the future isn't bright;
  • Sears to close more stores;
  • Black Friday why it's already here and why;
  • The Des Moines River project gets a $25 million grant.

Also today we're going to talk about repairing the stuff you already own. The movement is called "Right to Repair" and our guest is Gay Gordon-Byrne from Repair.org. We'll talk about something you may have little knowledge about when it comes to fixing your own stuff from cell phones to agricultural equipment. You can hear that here. 

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The Business News Headlines & More 6 November 2019

The markets were supposed to...go up today. That's not exactly what happened as as you can see by the close. Ouch  Why and what else are in the news today:

  • What happened on Wall Street and why;
  • The U.S. has a problem with...productivity;
  • Why watching productivity matters;
  • Bank of American raises their minimum wage;
  • You, yes you, are spending way too much on your vehicle;
  • A grocery store story;
  • A big soccer deal is headed to Des Moines, Iowa.

Those stories plus the organization that is taking on the high cost of prescription drugs is serious and elected officials at the federal and state level need to pay attention because these folks...vote. Brad Anderson is our guest and we'll talk about that and  more. To listen, click here. 

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The Business News Headlines 4 November 2019

It would seem Wall Street likes the "promise" of a possible trade deal with China...the question is...will it happen. It's the Business News Headlines for Monday the 4th of November. In the news today:

  • Wall Street seems happy today;
  • Rising home prices have millennials worried;
  • Apple to donate billions to stave off housing cost;
  • More Baby Boomers not moving;
  • Energy storage and Sweden;
  • Easterbrook is out at McDonald's - Investors not happy;
  • Japan: A 4 Day Work Week = 40% rise in productivity. 

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard is in with business events in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Use #DMBizEvents to get your listed so we can talk about them. You can hear that conversation here

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The Business News & More 31 October 2019

Welcome to the Halloween Edition of the Business News Headlines...and yes, it was scary today on Wall Street. Stories we've got for you today:

  • The comeback for J.C. Penny might mean less clothing and more yoga;
  • Ford is closing another plant according to the tentative UAW contract;
  • We've got a Halloween Candy story for you;
  • The "go to" store for low income shoppers is....
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today, Brad Anderson from AARP-Iowa joins me to chat it up about the Des Moines, Iowa City Council Forum they recently held. You'll learn about the top areas of concern for their membership, "complete streets", creating age friendly cities, new ideas for transportation...and more To listen to that conversation, click here

The Business News & More 30 October 2019

The Fed cut interest rates by a quarter of a percent and at first the markets went..."Meh..." That story and more today:

  • What caused the "Meh" early today;
  • What's in a name? Ask Molson Coors;
  • What health care has to do with lagging wages;
  • Some new GDP concerns;
  • So those rising steel prices?  Not so fast;
  • Beggars Night explained;
  • Twitter says "NO!" to political advertising.

Those stories and a conversation with Dr. Tom Ahart the Superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools about a vote coming up on Tuesday of next week that will have a major impact on students and facilities. We'll explain how an increase in the tax levy for physical plant won't increase property taxes. THe vote is on the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or PPEL. Take a few minutes to learn more. You can hear that conversation here. 

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The Business News Headlines & More 28 October 2019

Wall Street had a good day based on earnings that beat estimates and we'll share some of the stories on that today. Also:

  • Meatless Meat is a BIG thing for Burger King;
  • Homeowners NOT getting home equity loans;
  • Google to buy Fitbit?
  • JP Morgan said to be cutting NYC workforce;
  • Is your job already obsolete?
  • The gig economy and a new...gig.

Those stories and our regular feature with Laura Kinnard of Curated Growth, Drake University and DMACC where she teaches entrepreneurship. She's in at the start of each week to share with you business events happening in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Places to learn and places to be seen. You can hear that conversation right here

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Congressman Ro Khanna on Rural Technology and More

This is Part One of my conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna who has been to Iowa nearly as often as some presidential candidates. His efforts have largely been in support of new technologies that will re-imagine Rural America. We talk about that, Silicon Valley, unions and more before we get into Medicare for All in the next segment. 

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The Business News Headlines & More 2 October 2019

Yesterday it was manufacturing numbers that sent the markets down...today the employment numbers did the same. Welcome to the business news headlines for Wednesday the 2nd of October.  Today:

  • The markets tanked and why;
  • The U.S. has a "hiring" problem;
  • High prices got you down? There is Zulily ya know;
  • What's new for cars? The 7 year loan;
  • Automakers see trouble ahead;
  • Why not spend $ on your current workforce...no, really.

Those stories and more along with this conversation with Kari Carney and Julia McGuire from 1,000 Friends of Iowa. I know...right?  You'll hear about the work they do and why it's becoming even more important as we look to the future of climate change. Listen here. 

The Business News Headlines & More 1 October 2019

Wall Street closed yesterday up on the hope of renewed talks between the U.S. and China and then...today...out came a report on U.S. manufacturing. That story and what happened on Wall Street opens up our first newscast of a new month:

  • Manufacturing data weak...very;
  • President Trump calls the Fed "pathetic";
  • Facebook to sue the United States if Warren is elected;
  • The "Wealth Tax" is back in the news;
  • GM lays off thousands more;
  • Amazon and NEW grocery stores;
  • Amazon 3rd party sellers pay thousands to talk to a person.

Those stories and a look at what the top 23 employers in Iowa have to say about the economy moving forward. You might say it's a "mixed bag" in this interview with Georgia Van Gundy the Executive Director of the Iowa Business Council done for us by Jeff Stein the News & Program Director of News/Talk 1540 KXEL. Here is that story

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