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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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.
Yesterday investors weren't so sure about the future of trade talks with China. Today they threw all of that out the window... Welcome to the business news headlines for Tuesday the 15th of October. Just a click away:
- What drove Wall Street today;
- The Turkish economic sanctions? Yawn;
- Could the GM strike be nearing an end;
- Two words for used car buyers: Buyer Beware;
- Companies that are cool but not making a dime;
- The AMC cinema chain to stream...no, really;
- In case you've run out of stuff to worry about....
Those stories plus a conversation with Brent Roske the Iowa State Director for 2020 Democratic hopeful John Delaney. A press release from that campaign caught our eye so we sit down with Brent to chat about the Heartland Startup Tour. Mixing politics with...business. Click here to listen.
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Wall Street opened down and stayed that way as more and more investors see any deal with China slipping away. It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 8th of October...here we go:
- Dick's Sporting Goods turns $5 million worth of inventory to...scrap;
- Stocks took a hit today lots of China news;
- The NBA and China;
- The UAW strike against GM - Day 22 and an update;
- Taxed too much? Fix that by becoming wealthy;
- The major skills gap in the U.S. is....
Those stories and a Two-Part conversation with California Congressman Ro Khanna. This is Part One of my conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna who has been to Iowa nearly as often as some presidential candidates. His efforts have largely been in support of new technologies that will re-imagine Rural America. We talk about that, Silicon Valley, unions and more before we get into Medicare for All in the next segment. To listen click here.
Here, in Part Two of my conversation with California Congressman Ro Khanna, we talk about Medicare for All something that Congressman Khanna has supported and says there is so much dis-information out there he wants to set the record straight. So, we talk about taxes, rural hospitals, health care today and much more. Then, we visit a bit about Sen. Bernie Sanders and how his recent hospital trip may make his call for a universal health care system more...personal. Listen here!
Yesterday it was manufacturing numbers that sent the markets down...today the employment numbers did the same. Welcome to the business news headlines for Wednesday the 2nd of October. Today:
- The markets tanked and why;
- The U.S. has a "hiring" problem;
- High prices got you down? There is Zulily ya know;
- What's new for cars? The 7 year loan;
- Automakers see trouble ahead;
- Why not spend $ on your current workforce...no, really.
Those stories and more along with this conversation with Kari Carney and Julia McGuire from 1,000 Friends of Iowa. I know...right? You'll hear about the work they do and why it's becoming even more important as we look to the future of climate change. Listen here.
Wall Street closed yesterday up on the hope of renewed talks between the U.S. and China and then...today...out came a report on U.S. manufacturing. That story and what happened on Wall Street opens up our first newscast of a new month:
- Manufacturing data weak...very;
- President Trump calls the Fed "pathetic";
- Facebook to sue the United States if Warren is elected;
- The "Wealth Tax" is back in the news;
- GM lays off thousands more;
- Amazon and NEW grocery stores;
- Amazon 3rd party sellers pay thousands to talk to a person.
Those stories and a look at what the top 23 employers in Iowa have to say about the economy moving forward. You might say it's a "mixed bag" in this interview with Georgia Van Gundy the Executive Director of the Iowa Business Council done for us by Jeff Stein the News & Program Director of News/Talk 1540 KXEL. Here is that story.
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They said it was going to be a good day on Wall Street. Heck, record low unemployment, housing starts are up and the Fed was set to cut interest rates...what could go wrong? It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 18th of September...thanks for being here. Today:
- A bunch of news about housing and mortgage rates;
- The Fed Rate Cut - What does it mean to you?
- President Trump is not happy;
- Pay your utility bills on time..think Equifax & credit;
- GM to cut workers...in Canada;
- Young workers demand new office rules.
Those stories plus a story about pets in Iowa. What is is about the Hawkeye State that tells us you don't care about dogs and cats...you know those pets? With me is Haley Anderson from the Iowa Pet Alliance and we'll talk about the sad reality of pets in Iowa. It's pretty shocking. Here is that report.
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Nearly as fast as oil prices went up yesterday they headed back down today. But, all of that didn't much help Wall Street as investors wonder what's next when it comes to the Fed. Here for you today we're looking at these stories:
- Oil, Gas and Consumers;
- GM hits back at the UAW;
- She is paid $22 million and why;
- The strike and the local economy;
- Fed and Rates;
- Your job will be...mostly gone says Brian Solis.
Those stories and more along with Marketing for Business with Phil K. James of Good Milkshake Digital. We're talking about how to get your existing customers to buy more of what they want from you...and it works across nearly every vertical. Restaurants, grocery stores, hardware stores, coffee shops even lawyers. Here is that conversation.
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This is a bit late in getting out. We were, often, distracted by the images of eighteen years ago and 9/11 and our own memories of where we were at the time...never forget. In the business news headlines today:
- The Dow breaks above 27,000 thank you Apple;
- President Trump lobbies hard for a rate cut to zero;
- Purdue Pharma is said to be close to a settlement;
- UAW leaders to huddle in Detroit...will they strike GM?
- Victoria's Secret rethinking the the "super model";
- How about a Progressive Pizza Pie?
Those stories and we've got a rare extended interview. Today sitting down with Elizabeth Buck the President of The United Way of Central Iowa and Seth Johnson the program director for OpportUNITY and talking about poverty in Des Moines, Iowa. In a city that boasts a fantastic quality of life there are still large pockets of poverty and families dealing with housing, transportation, child care and wages. Here is Part One.
In Part Two of our conversation we start to look at ways to reduce the stress on working families and how the United Way of Central Iowa is working to that end. We also cover several bright spots including the high school graduation rate. Here is Part Two.
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