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The Business News Headlines & More 1 July 2019

Welcome to a new month and a holiday shortened work week for many of us. Today the markets started out with a bang...moderated a bit but by the bell the Dow was up 117 points to 26,717 the NASDAQ gained a whopping 84 points and the S&P 500 was up by over 22 points.  In other business news headlines:

  • Another daily newspaper shuttered today;
  • Millennials are following in their parents and grandparents footsteps;
  • What are the top five performing franchises in the U.S.
  • And, what five franchises are in trouble;
  • Wells Fargo and Principal Financial in the news;
  • Facing an industry turnover rate of 117% this chain does something different.

Those stories plus some time with Laura Kinnard from as we talk about road diets, food diets, business blogging and even  some networking events in this short week. To hear that, just click here. 

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The Business News Headlines and More 17 June 2019

Thanks for coming by! The business news headlines we've got for you cross many different areas and each touches you.  Let's go!

  • No Fee Banking (like really...none) announced;
  • The ban on China and tech giant is a $30 billion hit;
  • Retail pushes back on the Trump trade war;
  • Heard about "hot-desking"? You will today;
  • This could be a major reason health care costs are so high;
  • Early trouble spots in the housing sector
  • Pfizer spending billions for another drug company.

Those stories and more along with Laura Kinnard from talking about networking and business events in the DSMUSA Metro but not until we've chatted about the"Mystery of Social Media". No, really...we've been doing this for a decade and still businesses are struggling. Here is that conversation

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The Business News Headlines 22 April 2019

It's a big week for earnings reports and we'll detail the data for you. Welcome to the Business News Hour here are the stories that are just a click away:

  • It's "wait & see" on Wall Street;
  • A sluggish start to the home buying season;
  • A Tesla Model S...explodes;
  • Apple Pay and JC Penny;
  • Two stories about the automobile market
  • ACLU of Iowa files suit against Ag-Gag 2.0
  • What happened and why on Wall Street

Those stories plus we'll introduce you to Debbie Sears of Sears Insurance but...we're not talking about insurance we're talking hunger in Iowa and the event she "cooked up" that brings some of the top chefs together to raise money for the Food Bank of Iowa. It's called Another Plate at the Table. Learn how she has turned tragedy to action. Click here for that story.

Also, because it's Monday, Laura Kinnard from Drake University and joins me to chat it up about business networking and education events in the DSMUSA Metro. Here is that conversation.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 19 April 2019

No markets today due to the Good Friday holiday but we've still got some numbers for you. That and a couple of hot business news stories. And, we go Out to Lunch with the Executive Director of Iowa Voters for Companion Animals, Haley Anderson and Jeff Pitts from Cityview with stuff to do...but first the business news:

  • Global stocks did what today;
  • The Samsung foldable phone...breaking;
  • Guns and people - 20 years after Columbine;
  • Whitewashing slavery;
  • New home construction slips in March.

Those stories and our Quick Bites time with Haley Anderson (Three questions) and Out to Lunch segment with Haley Anderson is right here.

Finally, Jeff Pitts from Cityview with Stuff to DO in the Metro this weekend into next week. You can find that here.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 18 April 2019

Due to Good Friday today is the final trading day on Wall Street and we've got the numbers and why coming up on this Thursday edition of the Business News Hour:

  • Positive earnings push the markets;
  • Former Sears CEO is being sued;
  • A beer story;
  • A "smokes" story;
  • Trailer park owners in Iowa about to get sent a notice;
  • What happened on Wall Street & Why.

Those stories and a hyper-local piece about affordable housing. This is something we stumbled onto early this week and it has to do with the Merle Hale Mall and that re-imagine effort, Anawim Housing an affordable housing non-profit and the City of Urbandale. To hear that...just click here

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The Business News 8 April 2019

We're kicking off the second quarter and corporate earnings were on the minds of investors. Inside you'll learn about that and...

  • Stocks ended the day mixes;
  • Climate change to CRUSH the real estate market?
  • Best state to find a job;
  • Worst 10 states to find a job;
  • GE hits a wall;
  • Boeing stock tanks;
  • Bank CEO's headed to congress...pop the popcorn;
  • Jack Dorsey of Twitter gets....paid!
  • What happened today on Wall Street

Those stories plus Val Hoeppner a media strategist talks about consumers. How to reach them why newspapers should start podcasting, why businesses might want to ramp up their blogging efforts, what social media sites seem like a win and more. You can hear Val right here.

Also, because it is Monday, Laura Kinnard is in talking about business events where you can go to learn, be seen and see new ideas from finance to social media to starting a business. Laura Kinnard from is in the house. Listen to Laura here

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 4 April 2019

We're in New York for the New York Press Association Spring Convention...but, we're still workin'.  Today:

  • Wall Street stutters as we wait for a U.S./China trade deal;
  • The Bezos divorce is done..who got..what...we'll tell;
  • The median price of a U.S. home hit a record today;
  • Tesla stock tanked;
  • Motel 6 settled a lawsuit and at it's core was immigration;
  • Target employees to get a raise;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Those stories and our guest for The Interview is Paul Allen. Paul was one of the original founders of and now is the founder of something called We'll be talking about strengths...did you know there are 34 of them? How knowing what your strengths are or better yet the strengths of your fellow workers or employees can give you a leg up in business. Strap in it's a great conversation. You can hear that here!

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The Business News Headlines 26 February 2019

Oh the headwinds of investing in volatile times. We'll kick it off with a look at what Wall Street took in today and what in the world happened to Home Depot and housing starts plus:

  • AT&T wins and the government loses;
  • No love loss between Elon Musk and the SEC;
  • Fiat Chrysler cutting jobs or are they really;
  • Arlington, Virginia is showing some backlash against the Amazon deal;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus in for The Interview is Karen Albritton from the Newport Board Group. We're going to be talking about change; what makes it so difficult, what are the dangers of sticking to a path that is running out of space, how does disruption figure in? Oh and that business of marketing and research/development of new ideas. Good stuff here and it's just a click away. To hear that conversation click here

The Business News Headlines 18 February 2019

Wall Street may have been shut down today due to the President's Day Holiday but there was still some markets to watch and business to report on:

  • U.S. Markets Closed but Asia and Europe are open;
  • The Wall and Texas landowners not a good mix;
  • Oops - Google Earth shows secret military sites;
  • The top ten states that created small businesses and jobs last year;
  • A new building for the Harkin Center at Drake University;
  • Des Moines businessman and former Democratic Candidate Fred Hubbell hit by a car.

Take some time and learn more about the impact of climate change on individuals, businesses and communities with Rick Smith from the Citizens' Climate Lobby.To hear that conversation click here

Laura Kinnard from Drake University and joins me to talk about the AMA-Iowa Experience and more networking and education events happening this week...and a bit about Podcast Iowa coming in March. To listen in, click here

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines 14 February 2019

We've got the business news headlines and a bit of extra today. Let's start with the hot business stories:

  • A lousy retail sales report means...
  • Amazon makes official it's "NEYT" to NYC;
  • Airbus gives up;
  • Sweetheart candies. Hey, it's Valentine's Day;
  • An app that tracks...women;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus a a conversation about transportation and what could be the future in many communities around Des Moines, a conversation about a "road diet" for University Avenue in Windsor Heights and Des Moines. Guests are Amanda Wanke of DART, Zac Bales-Henry of Windsor Heights and Josh Mandelbaum of Des Moines. To hear that conversation click here.