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The Business News Headlines 21 January 2020

It wasn't poor earnings and it wasn't the Impeachment Trial but a virus that turned the markets south. It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 21st of January...thanks for being here:

  • China strikes again only this time with a disease;
  • Boeing stops production of the 737 Max;
  • Rural hospitals are in trouble and why;
  • A Target shopper tries to shame a clerk but it all backfires;
  • A burger chain files for Chapter 11 protection;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Want to live the "American Dream"? Head to Canada.

Those stories and a return visit from attorney George Isaacson who was with us by phone several months ago. I caught up with him in Maricopa Arizona during a speaking engagement to the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association on the impact of sales tax collection by states, counties, cities and others and what that is doing to online retailers and what should be done about the issue.  I think you'll also find the history behind the Constitution very interesting. Listen here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 8 January 2020

The day after the ICBM attack on U.S. bases in Iraq gave some pause. But then...well, not so much. It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 8th of January:

  • How much money you make impacts the likelihood of an IRS audit;
  • The employee idea that doubled business for Amazon;
  • General Motors starting to make good on its contract with the UAW;
  • Robots on the loose;
  • We've got a couple of reports on jobs;
  • And, the Wall Street Report.

Those stories plus for the interview it's Ruth Hardin from Crossroads of Iowa. Think women, jail and treatment. It's not only a calling but also a way to save taxpayer dollars.  To hear that conversation, click here.

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The Business News 18 December 2019

It's the Mid-Week Edition of the Business News Headlines, thanks for coming by. You want to reach us on Twitter you can do that @IOB_NewsHour. In the news today:

  • Retailers are getting ready for Super Saturday;
  • Amazon is updating their return policy;
  • Oh, the pain of the "sloping toilet";
  • Lots of job creation but...no people and why;
  • Chances of being audited next year...are up;
  • The Wall Street Report in a word: "Sluggish";
  • Fast Food Workers get a gut punch.

Those stories plus a conversation with Brian Waller of the Technology Association of Iowa as we talk about that groups legislative priorities going into the 2020 legislative session. Technology is a big, very big, deal in Iowa and we'll talk about that here.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 16 December 2019

The markets rose yet again today on the hope the U.S. China deal is really a deal and we'll have some details. That story and more:

  • A basic income idea from Senators Bennett and Romney;
  • The 91 U.S. companies that didn't pay any federal taxes;
  • Amazon and FedEx continue their fight;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The Hallmark Channel trying to fix things.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard is in to talk about business events in the Greater Des Moines Metro from Social Media Education to working with government contracts. You can hear that conversation here. 

Thanks for listening! 

Online Taxation with George Isaacson

My guest is George Isaacson a partner with Brann-Isaacson of Lewiston, Maine and a constitutional law professor who has argued before the Supreme Court. Mr. Isaacson will talk about the nightmare of calculating taxes for more than 11,000 different tax entities in the United States along with what is taxed, what isn't and the risks in not getting it right.  Plus, he has a solution to the problem. It's an interesting conversation for both buyers and sellers and 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. 

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The Business News & More 18 November 2019

We've got plenty in store for you this afternoon as we wonder, out loud, what in the world is going on with the U.S. China trade deal....Here we go:

  • Deal? No Deal? Sounds like a TV Game Show;
  • Chick fil-A is changing their giving;
  • WeWork said to be laying off thousands;
  • FedEx and the New York Times in a brawl;
  • Markets closed higher but oh the agony;
  • Dunkin to get rid of their classic foam cups;
  • Women leaving banking and why.

Those stories and Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMACC and author of DMBizMixer joins me to chat it up about Entrepreneur Month, some business events a social event in Urbandale and more. To listen to that all you need to do is 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. 

Thanks for listening! 

Des Moines Public Schools Need Your Vote

When it a tax...not really a tax? We'll answer that question today with our guest Dr. Tom Ahart the Superintendent of Schools for the Des Moines Public Schools. Here is the quick story. On Tuesday 5 November voters in Des Moines will be asked to approve the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) which will allow the school district to have the necessary dollars for critical maintenance to the 71 buildings in the district plus be able to support new technology for students. All without raising property taxes. Listen in as Dr. Ahart and I discuss and then, I'd urge you to vote YES for PPEL on Tuesday. To learn more here is a link to the website about PPEL

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 & More 24 October 2019

The markets struggled all day and in the end the Dow missed making it back to the flat-line. It's the business news headlines for Thursday the 24th day of October. And, we've got a shorter segment today because we've got a rare two-part interview with the current Mayor of the City of Des Moines, Iowa, Frank Cownie.  In the news:

  • What happened today on Wall Street;
  • Tesla is now the most valuable U.S. automaker;
  • Flight Shaming...it's a thing;
  • Twitter stock drops and we'll share why;
  • Pot profits...going up in smoke.

Those stories plus a two-part long form interview with Mayor Frank Cownie.  Mayor Cownie has served the city of Des Moines, Iowa for 16 years and he wants another four. I'll ask him why voters should reward him for that. Plus we'll talk about promises made and he says...kept. Here is Part One

Then in Part Two we'll talk about the water issue that impacts not only Des Moines but also the surrounding communities that buy water from the Des Moines Water Works. We'll also get into flooding, climate change and more.  Here is Part Two.

Thanks for listening! 

Meet Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie - Part One

A conversation with Mayor Frank Cownie, the longest serving mayor for the City of Des Moines, Iowa is running for re-election. Here in a two-part conversation we talk about what he has promised to do, what he has done, the issues that so many people care about. We also talk about hyper-local issues like potholes and the technology that he has implemented to connect citizens with their local government. So much to unpack here...click to listen.

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

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International