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The Business News & More 8 November 2019

It's got Wall Street as well as reporters asking the question, "What in the world is going on with U.S. trade policy?" It's the Friday Edition and here's what we've got for you.

  • Tariffs and China - At this point nobody knows;
  • How about those auto tariffs;
  • Amazon is in trouble...again;
  • The Dick's Sporting Goods and Guns story;
  • Coke is having an AHA moment;
  • Older workers ain't goin' anywhere.

Those stories and Jeff Pitts the Managing Editor for Cityview Magazine is with us to chat it up about Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. We've got music, sports, the arts...tons of stuff. To listen in just click here.

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The Business News and More 7 November 2019

It was hats and horns on Wall Street as investors believe there may be an end in sight for the trade war between the U.S. and China. But, there is a but.  Stories today:

  • It's not yet a done deal and what is the..."But";
  • Millions of American's are in serious financial trouble;
  • Low wage jobs abound and the future isn't bright;
  • Sears to close more stores;
  • Black Friday why it's already here and why;
  • The Des Moines River project gets a $25 million grant.

Also today we're going to talk about repairing the stuff you already own. The movement is called "Right to Repair" and our guest is Gay Gordon-Byrne from We'll talk about something you may have little knowledge about when it comes to fixing your own stuff from cell phones to agricultural equipment. You can hear that here. 

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The Business News & More 5 November 2019

Yesterday was a record setting day on Wall Street. Today? Not so much...everybody must be out voting? It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 5th of November. Lets's go:

  • Wall Street slowed today in the face of China questions;
  • American's buy lots of imported stuff;
  • Speaking of buying check Costco;
  • Buying, Selling and Returning with UPS;
  • Samsung and their chip troubles;
  • The Internet is becoming

Those stories plus a conversation with Tracey Pearson from Tero International. We're talking about the world of talking...or better put...the art of effective communication. Come by as Tracey offers up some solid communication tips and we'll also chat a bit about Detroit. We share that....too. Click to listen in.

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The Business News Headlines 4 November 2019

It would seem Wall Street likes the "promise" of a possible trade deal with China...the question is...will it happen. It's the Business News Headlines for Monday the 4th of November. In the news today:

  • Wall Street seems happy today;
  • Rising home prices have millennials worried;
  • Apple to donate billions to stave off housing cost;
  • More Baby Boomers not moving;
  • Energy storage and Sweden;
  • Easterbrook is out at McDonald's - Investors not happy;
  • Japan: A 4 Day Work Week = 40% rise in productivity. 

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard is in with business events in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Use #DMBizEvents to get your listed so we can talk about them. You can hear that conversation here

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The Business News & More 31 October 2019

Welcome to the Halloween Edition of the Business News Headlines...and yes, it was scary today on Wall Street. Stories we've got for you today:

  • The comeback for J.C. Penny might mean less clothing and more yoga;
  • Ford is closing another plant according to the tentative UAW contract;
  • We've got a Halloween Candy story for you;
  • The "go to" store for low income shoppers is....
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today, Brad Anderson from AARP-Iowa joins me to chat it up about the Des Moines, Iowa City Council Forum they recently held. You'll learn about the top areas of concern for their membership, "complete streets", creating age friendly cities, new ideas for transportation...and more To listen to that conversation, click here

The Business News & More 25 October 2019

The markets bumped up on the final trading day of the week. We've got the numbers inside for you. In addition we've got these stories:

  • 44 million American's and Student Debt;
  • Subprime Auto Loans are Defaulting;
  • One of the largest malls opens but, anybody going;
  • Our U.S. Budget Deficit...just got bigger;
  • Productivity and the 25 Hour Work Week;
  • Recruiters and...Seven Words.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine is in for Stuff to DO in the DSM Metro this weekend into next week. To hear that fun stuff, click here

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The Business News Headlines 23 October 2019

If you like roller coasters you must love Wall Street today.  Up and down, up and down as investors chewed over some earnings reports and fret about Brexit, China and global growth.  In our newscast today:

  • Are you really making $7,000 more today?
  • The Wek Work Meltdown and $1.2 billion;
  • Sunday Riley did an opps...
  • Affordable housing? How about shipping containers;
  • Got some extra cash? Be like some "A List" stars.

Those stories plus a Small Business Spotlight that shines on entrepreneur Chris Seuntjens who has, now, three companies and they are all on the move. Christoper's Rare Coins, Christopher's Fine Jewelry and Chrystal Clear Showcases.  Retire?  Not hardly. Meet Chris here

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The Business News Headlines 19 October 2019

It's the end of the trading week and stocks fell today as a result of worries regarding the slow growth numbers coming out of China. Welcome to the business news headlines for Friday the 18th day of October. On tap:

  • The link investors worry about with China;
  • If you experienced a Verizon outage you are not alone;
  • More tariff trouble this time for Europe;
  • App troubles continue for Chipotle;
  • Amex says corporate spending is down;
  • Baby powder back in the news;
  • YOU...yes you...are buying more Coke products.

Those stories and more plus, because it's Friday we've got Jeff Pitts in from Cityview to chat it up about "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro. We've got sports, ballet, music and all sorts of our regular commentary.'s Friday and you deserve a break. Listen here. 

The Business News Headlines & More 17 October 2019

There was some good news on the business front today and you would have thought that might supercharge the markets was not to be. The Dow posted a modest gain of 23 points to 27,025 the S&P 500 was up by 8 points and the Nasdaq out performed up by 32 points to end the day at 8,156.

  • The Markets and what happened;
  • Is the White House manipulating the markets;
  • China and Ag will they or won't they;
  • Taco Bell and advertising;
  • Space Suits are ready for you.

Those stories and a conversation with Jamie Fitzgerald who is the Polk County, Iowa Auditor. Jamie is in to talk about the many changes voters will face this November and how to go about the voting process. There are some differences to past years and a recent court case to talk about. Here too is the Iowa Secretary of State website. You can hear that episode here

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The Business News Headlines & More 14 October 2019

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian listeners as you celebrate the harvest as well as your freedoms. We're with you on that.  In the business news today:

  • Markets slump, as we suggested they would, and why;
  • Amazon just launched something new that has Target worried;
  • Day 29 of the UAW strike against General update;
  • American manufacturing is hurting for a number of reasons;
  • It's Mac & Cheesegate;
  • Restaurants and tipping could be a problem say critics;
  • The paper beer bottle is a thing...or so it would seem.

We'll also be joined by Laura Kinnard from Drake University, DMACC and DMBizMixer to chat it up about business events in the DSMUSA Metro this week. To hear that conversation, click here

Thanks for listening!