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Some Chicago drivers who have had their cars towed got a little victory this week after the Illinois Commerce Commission, a state oversight agency, revoked the license of Lincoln Towing Service.

Last year was the costliest hurricane season on record in the U.S., and Hurricane Irma was the fifth costliest storm of its kind in history. Storms like Irma have costs that can keep hurting people for a long time. For instance, the damage it did to citrus trees in Florida. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal checked in with Mark Wheeler, a citrus grower in central Florida, whose trees were damaged by Hurricane Irma, to see how business is one year after that storm.

The National Labor Relations Board has moved to roll back a rule that made union organizing a bit easier. The "joint employer" rule from the Obama era opened the way for workers at franchises, temp agencies and sub-contractors to bring the big companies at the top of the supply chain into their labor disputes. So, you could sue a big fast-food chain accused of blocking worker rights at its franchises, for instance, because the big company had some control over working conditions, scheduling, or union organizing activities.

Viewers of The Weather Channel may have noticed a lot of campaign ads this week as the midterm elections approach and more people tuned in to track Hurricane Florence.

According to NCC Media, the number of political advertisers on the channel grew from 59 last week to 83 this week.

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Have you ever watched the crime show "CSI"? The forensic scientist, flashlight in hand, combs every inch of the murder scene for clues.

Forensic accountants do the same kind of work — but in the financial world. They investigate crimes like money laundering, fraud and tax evasion.  

“We’re like the accounting pathologists,” said Dawn Brolin, CEO of Powerful Accounting. “We come in and we will tell the story of how the crime happened.” The incriminating evidence comes from bank statements and ledgers. “Because numbers tell a story,” Brolin said. “Transactions tell a story.”

Ten years ago, Financial Times reporter John Auther was so worried about the possible contagion from the collapse of Lehman Brothers that he went down to his bank to shift some of his cash to another bank, ensuring that more of it was insured by the government.

What he saw freaked him out even further. The bank was full of Wall Street professionals — the very people who knew firsthand just how bad the financial crisis really was — all standing in line to do what he wanted to do: move their own personal money to accounts protected by deposit insurance.

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Today the U.S. economy is growing. Unemployment is near record lows. The stock market is at all-time highs. And all that can make the financial panic that gripped the country 10 years ago this weekend feel distant.


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The traditionally anti-union Tronc newspaper company on Friday agreed to allow journalists at its two Virginia newspapers to organize, averting the need for a federally overseen vote, organizers tell NPR.

Holiday jobs outlook full of good cheer

Sep 14, 2018

We're now exactly 10 weeks from Black Friday, and while many American consumers are probably only just starting to think about their holiday shopping, the companies that sell us our holiday presents have been thinking about it for a while. And what they're thinking is that it’s going to be a strong retail season, and that they’re getting ready to hire a lot of workers.

The day the bank fell

Sep 14, 2018

When Lynn Gray went home on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, she was expecting that her employer, Lehman Brothers, would be purchased over the weekend. Barclay’s and Bank of America were both considering saving it from bankruptcy. Things changed quickly. Gray's on the show today to tell us what it was like being in the building when Lehman fell and helped set off a worldwide crisis. Plus, a forensic accountant was a key witness in the trial of Paul Manafort. But what, exactly, is forensic accounting? We'll explain.

When it comes to managing debt, it seems the last financial crisis wasn’t enough of a lesson.

Global debt is on track to hit new highs this year, according to Vitor Gasper, director of fiscal affairs at the International Monetary Fund.

In 2016, global debt hit a record 225 percent of world wealth, according to the IMF’s Global Debt Database, which tracks 190 countries from 1950 to the present day. That figure measures debt taken on by companies, governments, you and me.

Dear diary: The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008

Sep 14, 2018

(Markets Edition) Hurricane Florence has arrived at the coast of North Carolina, brining with it 90-mile-per-hour winds and the potential to unload 20 to 40 inches of rain in some parts. We talks to a coastal economics specialist for more. Also, we talk to economist Diane Swonk, who shares some diary memories from the weekend Lehman Brothers collapsed 10 years ago, igniting the financial crisis.

Lessons learned from an economist's diary during the Lehman collapse

Sep 14, 2018

It's been 10 years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and a financial crisis that rolled over the country. Many people dealt with it in different ways. Diane Swonk, an economist with Grant Thornton, kept a running diary. It's not just a diary of all the things she wrote during that period, she said, but she also "went back and filled in the blanks on it, because it was just such an extraordinary period in time." She spoke with Sabri Ben-Achour for Marketplace Morning Report.

Below is an edited transcript of their conversation.