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The Business News Headlines 22 January 2020

It's been a day of impeachment hearings and concerns over a new virus imported from China. In fact, China figures in several of our stories today:

  • Not going to give up plastic says Coca-Cola;
  • Yet another retail chain closing stores;
  • Did the FAA do a "sweetheart" deal for Southwest;
  • The fallout from two years of a trade war coming home to roost;
  • Vaccine stocks were up...think China;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Worst City - Best City to grow up in the U.S. and why.

Those stories plus a riveting conversation about cannabis production in the United States. You'll meet John Haas from Phoenix, Arizona who tells me it's worse than the wild west when it comes to nearly everything concerning the growing of cannabis...and he's a grower.  You can catch that here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 20 January 2020

Back from an assignment in Arizona it's the Monday Edition of the Business News Headlines. While it was warmer there it still wasn't home.  In the news today:

  • Harry and Meghan to follow Barack and Michelle;
  • Bad news from global auto sales;
  • Boeing is looking for cash;
  • Delta had a good year so they are sharing;
  • Buying votes in farm country;
  • U.S. markets closed but a quick look at global stocks;
  • Tony Romo about to get a big paycheck.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMBizMixer.com is in to chat it up about business events happening in the Greater Des Moines Metro.  Listen up right here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

Kelsi Ziemann in the Small Business Spotlight

It's taken us nearly a year to get this interview with entrepreneur Kelsi Ziemann. Why? Because she has been a very busy woman. Her business, Kelsi Ziemann Artistry is where she, and her staff, transform women with some amazing makeup work and teach them the tips to help them look their best everyday. Then she recently started KZA Cosmetics (Site under construction but where you can sign up to get the latest.) where she sells products from makeup to some makeup hardware. We talk all about it in this segment.

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. 

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The Business News Headlines 15 January 2020

It's true, the business news headlines are coming to you this week from Arizona where it's brown...not white like back home in Iowa.  In the news today:

  • The new trade deal and agriculture...what if?
  • No joy in "Toyland" says Target;
  • GM and temporary workers;
  • Tesla may win with the new trade deal but not for cars;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Workers and Weight an issue nobody wants to discuss.

Those stories and we'll talk construction with Creighton Cox, a return visitor to the News Hour, and this time is's about the construction industry both on a local and national level. Creighton recently became the Business Development Manager for Turner Construction an international company. The fact that Creighton is in this position tells us that the company is planning some serious work in the Hawkeye State...yes? You can listen here.

 

The Business News Headlines 14 January 2020

It was nice while it lasted...think conflicting signals when it comes to China and Trade. It's the Tuesday Edition of the Business News Headlines. Today:

  • Trump Trade Tariffs to stay in place;
  • Wages & Restaurant Workers;
  • Shake Shack gets inventive;
  • It once was the world's largest airplane maker;
  • Amazon and FedEx make nice;
  • The Market Report from Wall Street;
  • Work for Food? But, does it...work?

Those stories plus we get hyper-local with a fun couple Angela Carter from Skin - Body - Soul and Beau Fodor from Panache who are teaming up with their friends from Williams-Sonoma at the Jordan Creek Town Center. Listen as they chat about their business and a special event happening just in time for Valentine's Day. Also, if you pre-register for the event by calling Williams-Sonoma at 515-225-6613 we understand the first 25 people will receive a free VIP Bag. How neat is that?  Ready? Go right here to listen. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News 10 January 2020

Welcome to the Friday Edition of the business news headlines. Today we've got these stories ready for you:

  • Anemic job numbers and wage growth put a damper on the week;
  • More retail sales troubles;
  • Why are brands leaving Amazon.com and what comes next;
  • The Wall Street numbers for the day;
  • Starter homes seem to be making a comeback.

Those stories plus a rare two-part conversation. This time it's about poverty in Iowa and the United States. That uncomfortable reality nobody seems to want to discuss. Today you'll hear from four activists who are bringing the Poor People's Campaign - A National Call for a Moral Revival to Des Moines, Iowa next week. Some stunning numbers and you may be surprised at just who the poor folks...are.

Part One of that interview with Rev. Jessica Petersen, labor leader John Campbell, activist Ayisha Al-Hassan and national organizer Clinton Wright can be heard here.

Part Two of the event scheduled for the 14th and 15th of January at the First Christian Church in the Drake Neighborhood can be heard here.

Thanks for listening! 

 

The Business News Headlines 9 January 2020

It was a record setting day on Wall Street and we'll get to those numbers in just a bit but first here are the top business news stories from today:

  • 10,000 people applied for a job that pays...zero;
  • But, if you wanna get paid Taco Bell has a sweet deal;
  • Trucking Industry = Trouble;
  • Department Store Industry = Trouble;
  • The Dairy Industry = Trouble (sort of a downer huh?);
  • The Wall Street Report and troubling news from Iran;
  • Environmental impacts studies?  Maybe.

Those stories plus we'll offer up one of the most listened to interviews from all of 2019. You seemed to really enjoy this short piece featuring Peter Stockdale from The Audible Farm Podcast. Peter and I sat down and talked podcasting and how much fun he's having entertaining thousands through his show.  Here is that conversation.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 3 January 2020

Wait...it's the weekend...again? Thanks for coming by on this Friday afternoon. In the news today:

  • Southwest Airlines - Dead last in safety;
  • Tesla is rockin' production;
  • More bad news for newspapers;
  • Oil and the Strait of Hormuz;
  • Nine states that see their economy contracting;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • What if your clothing made you...sick.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts the Managing Editor for Cityview Magazine in back riffing about Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. Have some FUN already.  You deserve it! Here is that link. 

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines 30 December 2019

Back to work...like we really ever left...right?  It's the business news headlines for the final Monday of 2019. In the news today:

  • A new Federal Reserve study on tariffs says....
  • New shipping costs for stuff over 50 pounds;
  • More retail headaches coming in 2020;
  • New Tesla vehicles are out...all made in China;
  • Gas prices to go up soon and why;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • How about "Paw-Ternaty Leave" Paid.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard on this holiday shortened week with some business events. Laura from DM Biz Mixer can be heard right here.

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. 

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