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Construction Outlook with Creighton Cox of Turner Construction

It's always great to sit down and talk business with Creighton Cox who is the Business Development Manager with international construction company Turner Construction. Here we talk about the micro and the macro of construction going from some hyper-local conversation to a more global look at the construction industry. Creighton has just "retired" from a long stint as a City Councilman for the City of Urbandale and, yes, that too factored into our 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 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 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 17 December 2019

It's a Tuesday and it's the business news headlines and we kick it off with an interesting story about the increase in car loan rejections. Odd in the face of what is supposed to be a booming economy. Also:

  • Dumpster Diving goes high-tech;
  • CVS Pharmacy is trouble with...the Feds;
  • The Boeing 737 Max and the trickle down effect;
  • Some surprising Netflix news;
  • Home building numbers rebound and why;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Looking for a gig? Think U.S. Census;
  • Two reasons to forgo the Ugly Christmas Sweater Event.

Those stories plus Tyler Granger from the National Wildlife Federation is our guest and talking about climate change, business and more. You can hear that conversation here.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 13 December 2019

If everybody was so excited about the U.S. China Trade Deal how come Wall Street...sighed? It's the business news headlines for Friday the 13th of December:

  • Meh on Wall Street;
  • Affordable housing on a cruse ship;
  • Russian Police and Business;
  • General Motors and pickups;
  • Strip Clubs and CEO's;
  • Apple and genetic testing;
  • The markets did what today;
  • Labor Unions and holiday food baskets;
  • Retail contracted in November.

Those stories and Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine is in to talk about Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. It's Friday!  Have some fun already!  You can hear that...here. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 12 December 2019

It's the Late Edition of the Business News Headlines...don't ask. Today we got a glimmer of hope regarding the U.S. China trade war...but, we've been here before. That story and:

  • Saudi Aramco had another big day;
  • Boeing and the saga of the 737 Max;
  • Krispy Kreme & Nazis;
  • The people who are benefiting from the economy;
  • Hot real estate markets- not where you think;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Make a great living by starting out here.

Those stories plus a review of a conversation about student loan debt with Steve McCullough of Iowa Student Loan. We're airing this tonight because we figure lots of families will be getting together and this could be a topic of conversation. You can listen to that conversation here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

 

Rural Realities & Opportunities with Deb Brown

We've all heard the stories about how Rural America is imploding. How difficult it is to establish a business there, people moving away and the economies that were so vital just 25 years ago are now in ruin. Hold on, there is a side to rural revitalization that you may not know. Meet Deb Brown who, along with Becky McCray, are from SaveYour.Town who offers real solutions to rural communities not by telling them what to do but listening to what they want. We talk about that and a recent survey that may also open your eyes to the opportunities in rural places. 

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 & More 22 October 2019

It was a mixed bag on Wall Street today as the Dow came off session highs dragged down by McDonald's and Traveler's Insurance.  We've got these stories for you today:

  • Has Harley-Davidson turned the corner;
  • Verizon and the "Streaming Wars";
  • Car prices continue to climb;
  • Housing prices going up...again;
  • Shopping Malls and Housing...a return to the 1920's;
  • Tough talk about...diapers.

Those stories and a visit from Connie Grinder in "A Mother's Tale of Mental Illness". I heard her speak last month at a NAMI-Iowa walk and asked her to share her story with you. You can listen in here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News and More 16 October 2019

Yesterday everybody was excited about earnings reports...today...not so much. We've got a full boat for you let's get started:

  • Yesterday was a memory as retail sales numbers sank Wall Street;
  • The United Auto Workers and General Motors...a settlement?
  • Need new tires before winter? We've got a tip;
  • Airlines are fretting over the return of the Boeing Max 737;
  • The ghost of 2016 comes back to haunt Wells Fargo;
  • Big meat is falling in love with...no meat.

Those stories plus my two-part interview with Des Moines mayoral candidate former Sen. Jack Hatch. In Part One we'll review who Jack is and why he is running. He'll talk about water, Des Moines, education and "forgotten neighborhoods". Here is Part One

Then in Part Two we'll talk about something nobody seems to want to discuss and that is the crushing poverty just outside of downtown. He's got some ideas and we were eager to listen. Plus, and yes, we'll talk about potholes.  Here is Part Two with Jack Hatch.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines & More 7 October 2019

Wall Street opened lower today then toyed with some positive numbers before sliding again. What's going on? We'll share that and more with you today:

  • Stocks did drift today two things: China and now Turkey;
  • GE to freeze pension benefits;
  • Harley-Davidson is betting on electric bikes...but the price!
  • The housing market and jobs;
  • The GM strike on day 21;
  • It appears you love to be...frightened. Joker numbers.

Those stories and Laura Kinnard from DMBizMixer.com is in with business events happening around the Greater Des Moines Metro. You can hear that...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 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

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The Business News & More 3 October 2019

Even with continuing headwinds Wall Street was able to pull off a win today. Welcome to the Business News Headlines for Thursday the 3rd of October. On tap today:

  • The Jobs Report is due tomorrow morning and it's important;
  • President Trump signs an executive order about Medicare;
  • The housing sector seems to be booming;
  • Young people are leaving glitzy cities for lower cost communities;
  • Unions, Nurses and Wages it seems to be a trend;
  • Tesla disappoints and its stock suffers.

Those stories and for the interview I'll visit with Natalie Veldhouse a research associate from the Iowa Policy Project about the little known reality that Iowa is such a low wage state, why it matters and what forces are at work to keep it that way. That stunning conversation is right here.

Thanks for listening!