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The Business News Headlines - 12 July 2019

All the signs point to a rate cut...at least that is what Wall Street is banking on. That's just one of the stories we've got for you today in the business news headlines:

  • Thank you Mr. Powell;
  • Another casualty in D.C.
  • The Big Mac Index says this about the dollar;
  • Getting engaged? Better buy that dimond now;
  • More sad retail stories;
  • Got a bad boss? Could impact your health;
  • Airlines and in-flight booze.

Those stories plus some time with Jeff Pitts and Trevor Babcock from Cityview Magazine with our Friday Fun section of Stuff to DO in the DSM Metro this weekend into next week. To listen to that segment just 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 & More 28 June 2019

It's the business news headlines just before you slip off into the weekend. The markets pretty much are stable as all eyes are on the G-20 and the meeting of the U.S. and China presidents. In other business news headlines:

  • The Taco Bell Hotel...no, really;
  • More tax breaks on the way;
  • Warning labels on...Tweets;
  • Some Supreme Court news;
  • Consumer spending numbers...doing your part?
  • Water in a can;
  • Merger in health care on the way.

Those stories and Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week with Jeff Pitts and Trevor Babcock from Cityview Magazine. Only thing is...don't expect anything too serious here. 

Thanks for listening! 

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Oasis - A Paychex Company

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The Business News Headlines 29 May 2019

Welcome to the Business News Headlines for Wednesday the 29th day of May...where has this month gone? We've got a quick programing note...we're trying something a bit different and putting this up well before 5pm Central. Why? We noticed that getting the news headlines in advance of the end of the day seems to be the right thing to do. So...we're going to try this for a bit.  Meanwhile today:

  • That "Trade War Thingy" just got more interesting;
  • The markets take a bath on worry;
  • IHOP pulling our leg...again?
  • That Galaxy Fold the wait ain't over;
  • Lordstown, Ohio back in the news;
  • So, you're "optimistic" about the economy...is that a good thing?
  • Putting ear plugs on smart speakers;
  • And the favorite airline is....

Those stories plus we go Out to Lunch with our guest Brad Anderson from AARP-Iowa. But before we settle in to order we always do "Quick Bites" three questions for our guest. Let's see how Brad does: To hear that segment click here. 

Out to Lunch is a weekly segment where I get to take a thought leader Out to Lunch and you get to listen in on our business conversation. Click through to learn more about Brad, his passion about public service, the new programs being rolled out and how they will impact every family...not just AARP members. Enjoy. To listen in click here. 

Thanks for listening! 

Out to Lunch with Heidi Soliday

Strap in you're about to hear some amazing stories from the first female to become a sports director at a television station. Heidi Soliday was the face and voice of sports in Iowa at the Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI. Here, as we go Out to Lunch at Range Grill + Golf she share stories of her years as a swimmer her trip to Europe at 16 to compete in a national luge competition even though she had never been on a sled in her life. Then a chance at the Olympics? And does she drop names...you bet. We talk about the business of reporting the news, how it has changed, the role of women in TV news and her cycling adventures now as part of the Climate Ride. Enjoy! 

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 starting at 5pm Central. 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. 

New from Casey’s General Store a Fleet Gas Card & Much More

It was one of those business interviews that just clicked. I sat down with Kirk Miller the Commercial Fuels Manager at Casey's General Store (an Iowa based convenience store chain) to talk about their new MasterCard themed fleet fuel card. Sure lots of places have fuel cards but this one is a bit different in the fact you don't have to use it at a Casey's if there is not one near you. We talked about that the company focus on pizza and how an unsuccessful hostile takeover bid helped the company focus. Lot's to unpack...here is Kirk: 

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 starting at 5pm Central. 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.

The Business News Headlines 21 January 2019

Back from our assignment in Mobile, Alabama on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Edition of the Business News Hour. Some of the stories we've got for you today:

  • Wall Street in closed but the futures look a bit bleak;
  • Slow sales, trapped in failing malls...what's the future of this department store?
  • Good news out of Tesla;
  • Google gets a French fine and it's a big one;
  • The top and bottom when it comes to each state's educated population.

Those stories and Laura Kinnard joins us to talk about business networking and education in the Greater Des Moines, Iowa Metro. Click here for that conversation. 

Also today from Mobile, Alabama we'll introduce you to David Rodgers the Vice President for Economic Development for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. We think you'll be surprised at what is going on in the deep south. To hear that interview click here

Thanks for listening!

Business News Headlines 21 September 2018

The Business News Hour is in Lanesboro, MN this afternoon with some friends from Bike World...hey, it's sort of a vacation. But, we didn't forget about you.  Today in the business news:

  • The markets closed mixed today big issue...Canada;
  • The Feds have accused Walmart of discrimination to pregnant women;
  • The housing market took a hit today in the markets another sign;
  • Apple XS was out today and while the lines were not as long....
  • T-Mobile and Sprint are full of promises and cable TV is worried.

Those stories and the markets along with a conversation with Scott and Angie Taylor the owners of Pedal Pusher Cafe here in Lanesboro.

Then our friend Jeff Pitts joins us from Cityview with stuff to DO in the metro.  Stay with us...and click through.

Out to Lunch with Kristian Day Part Two

THe Out to Lunch series is so facinating that we can't get it all done in one segment. Here we pick up our conversation with film producer, writer, radio host, music lover, traveler, couch surfer and minimal living specialist Kristian Day...truly one of the more interesting people we know. Click through so you can get to know him too as we go Out to Lunch this week at Jesses Embers of Des Moines. 

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 starting at 4:30pm here on Podbean, iTunesStitcher 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.

Airport Hospitality - Meet Cheng Lor

When we made the decision to attend the Media Day at the Des Moines International Airport for the purpose of learning more about the new amenities offered to travelers we did not expect this story. Meet Cheng Lor the President/CEO of Aero Service Group based in Minneapolis. For several years his company worked the Fredericks Coffee stand, just past TSA screening area, turning in solid growth each year. When it came to the food service at the Des Moines International Airport the Airport Authority made the decision to partner with Mr. Lor. Listen as you learn about his life in Cambodia, the "Killing Fields" and how that experience shapes his business today. It's quite the story...

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

The Passenger Experience - DSM International Airport

It was "Media Day" at the Des Moines International Airport where Kevin Foley, Executive Director of the Des Moines Airport Authority was eager to talk about the new amenities being offered to travelers. From food to travel swag to new restaurants it was quite the open house. We sat down with Kevin for an extended interview about, not only food, but funding of the proposed new terminal. Side note, nearly 1,500 people work at the airport...

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.