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The Business News Headlines 18 September 2019

They said it was going to be a good day on Wall Street. Heck, record low unemployment, housing starts are up and the Fed was set to cut interest rates...what could go wrong?  It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 18th of September...thanks for being here.  Today:

  • A bunch of news about housing and mortgage rates;
  • The Fed Rate Cut - What does it mean to you?
  • President Trump is not happy;
  • Pay your utility bills on time..think Equifax & credit;
  • GM to cut workers...in Canada;
  • Young workers demand new office rules.

Those stories  plus a story about pets in Iowa. What is is about the Hawkeye State that tells us you don't care about dogs and cats...you know those pets?  With me is Haley Anderson from the Iowa Pet Alliance and we'll talk about the sad reality of pets in Iowa.  It's pretty shocking. Here is that report. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 12 September 2019

Among other things administration officials say there are no plans in the works to relax the trade war with China...oh and the deficit.  Those stories and more today...

  • Major business leaders tell the U.S. Senate to "Do something!";
  • China and the U.S. sure we've got a story;
  • The deficit and taxes...yep, that too;
  • Meanwhile subprime lending is...back;
  • The internet fells another retail giant;
  • Health Care and Insurance now resulting in high inflation.

Those stories and more along with this conversation with J.D. Scholten who is running, again, for congress in Iowa's 4th Congressional District. We caught up with him at the opening of The Forge a tech center in Jefferson last week. It's a conversation that deals with the size of that district, his motor home and Kevin Costner...no, really. Listen to that here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

A Conversation with J.D. Scholten Candidate for the U.S. Congress

While in Jefferson, Iowa reporting on the new technology hub and education center there I was able to sit down for a few minutes with 4th District Congressional Candidate J.D. Scholten. The former professional baseball player is once again up to bat for the 2020 congressional election after coming so close last year. Here we talk about that decision, his RV and Kevin Costner...no, really. Here is that interview. 

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 PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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 & More 11 September 2019

This is a bit late in getting out. We were, often, distracted by the images of eighteen years ago and 9/11 and our own memories of where we were at the time...never forget. In the business news headlines today:

  • The Dow breaks above 27,000 thank you Apple;
  • President Trump lobbies hard for a rate cut to zero;
  • Purdue Pharma is said to be close to a settlement;
  • UAW leaders to huddle in Detroit...will they strike GM?
  • Victoria's Secret rethinking the the "super model";
  • How about a Progressive Pizza Pie?

Those stories and we've got a rare extended interview. Today sitting down with Elizabeth Buck the President of The United Way of Central Iowa and Seth Johnson the program director for OpportUNITY and talking about poverty in Des Moines, Iowa. In a city that boasts a fantastic quality of life there are still large pockets of poverty and families dealing with housing, transportation, child care and wages. Here is Part One.

In Part Two of our conversation we start to look at ways to reduce the stress on working families and how the United Way of Central Iowa is working to that end. We also cover several bright spots including the high school graduation rate. Here is Part Two.

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 PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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 10 September 2019

Early this morning the futures indicated a lower open on Wall Street and that became reality as the Dow struggled all morning long.  It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 10th of September, thanks for being with us!

  • Questions arise over the latest farm bailout;
  • Uber to disrupt the fright business;
  • Walmart loses millions in it's e-commerce area;
  • Where do you go to find 30,000 employees?
  • Startups heading back home to Des Moines, Detroit....

Those stories  plus a conversation with Ben Handfelt the Vice President of Marketing for Catch Des Moines the area convention and visitors bureau. We'll chat about why they exist, how they are funded, the results of positive marketing and their new message "The S's Are Silent" and you'll hear a sample. To listen in, just click here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines & More 28 August 2019

All signs pointed to a lower open on Wall Street and the Dow did sink early in the day but rebounded as energy stocks took over. That store and more like these wait for you a click away:

  • The Inverted Yield Curve means...what?
  • Retail isn't, they say, in major trouble;
  • Hudson's Bay is selling Lord & Taylor;
  • Facebook and Political Advertising;
  • Great Britain to shutter Parlament. No, not kidding.

Those stories and more along with this TWO part conversation with Congresswoman Cindy Axne who represents Iowa's Third Congressional District. In Part One we talk about some of the accomplishments going on in Washington D.C. even as people say "nothing is happening". That and more in this first part.

In Part Two of our conversation with Congresswoman Cindy Axne we talk about jobs, agriculture and more about health care, education...older Iowans and caregiving. Here is Part Two.

A Conversation with Congresswoman Cindy Axne

It wasn't that long ago that Iowans in the Third Congressional District, which is made up of 16 counties, voted to send Cindy Axne to congress. Here is part one of an extended interview where we talk about some common misconceptions of Washington D.C., her work there, what she's been doing, and what she hopes to do to represent all of the people in this District and the U.S. Here is Part One with Congresswoman Cindy Axne.

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 PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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 & More 27 August 2019

The stock market was set to open lower this morning but...SURPRISE at the open the Dow jumped up by over 100 points. Only to edge lower at mid-day. Why?  That reason is in the newscast today. Also:

  • The 401k lawsuits are mounting we share why;
  • Johnson & Johnson must pay Oklahoma $572 million but the stock goes up;
  • China says, "Hey, nobody called!" And that is part of the problem;
  • China and Costco...we think it's a hit;
  • Boeing and Russia...think lawsuit;
  • Seeking nominations in Iowa.

Those stories and more today along with a look back at a conversation I had with California Congressman Ro Khanna who was instrumental in bringing high technology to Rural Iowa. That space in Jefferson will open to the public on September 7th. We thought it important to go back to last year and this conversation with the Congressman. Here is that conversation. 

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 PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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 & More 23 August 2019

Once upon a time Friday was known as a slow news day. Like if you wanted to bury something that might not be flattering you could release it on Friday. Well, that's not the case any more. Welcome to the Business News Headlines for Friday the 23rd day of August and thanks for being here.  On tap:

  • President Trump calls Fed Chair Jerome Powell an "enemy;
  • President Trump orders U.S. businesses to get out of China;
  • A Major Chinese company says sanctions against them not too bad;
  • The Great Recession is still fresh, what might the next bring?
  • Knowing who might quit next might be valuable;
  • Apple is said to launch several new products next month.

Those stories and more about this "Slow News Friday" are just a click away. Also, because it is Friday we've got Jeff Pitts the Managing Editor of Cityview with us and "Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro" this weekend into next week. To listen to us having a good time, click here!


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 PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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 12 August 2019

The markets started the morning down and just kept heading that way. It's the business news headlines for Monday the 12th of August...thanks for being here to start a new week. Up today:

  • Dare we say the word..."Recession"?
  • This expense is dialing back the lifestyle of Americans;
  • Heard of the term "Wealth Works"? Sounds better than it is;
  • Like pasta? We've got a tip for you;
  • Bayer, the EPA and Roundup;
  • Your career might depend on your..."AQ".

Those stories and Laura Kinnard from DMBizMixer.com is with us to chat it up about the Iowa State Fair, politicians, the business of the fair and some networking events happening in the city. Click here for that conversation.