Marketplace PM for October 19, 2005

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Wilma packs a wallop

Today hurricane Wilma became the most powerful storm ever, and it's heading toward Florida. And disaster officials are still regrouping from Katrina and Rita. Can they get it together by the weekend? Cheryl Glaser reports.
Posted In: Washington

Tort reform, aka cheeseburgers and guns

Today the House passed the "cheeseburger bill," limiting lawsuits against fast food. Up tomorrow: a bill to shield gunmakers from certain liabilities. John Dimsdale explains.
Posted In: Washington

Cash bonuses for Washington brides

In the fine print of one huge spending bill this week the Senate will consider bonuses for low-income couples in Washington who get married. From the Work and Family desk, Hillary Wicai has the story.

Army Corps of Engineers projects in question

Tomorrow, Congress is holding hearings on how to protect and rebuild the Gulf coast. For AmericanRadioworks and Marketplace, William Kistner reports there are real fears that mistakes of the past are set to be repeated.

Keeping up with the Joneses Inc.

Companies work hard to generate profits: they invest and cut costs. And they hang around with the right crowd. Joel Podolny is the dean of the Yale School of Managment, explains to host Kai Ryssdal.

Making payments in the Gulf

Mortgages, car payments, school loans: bills have been piling up along the Gulf. Marketplace commentator Robert Reich says it's going to take some creative accounting to get them paid anytime soon.
Posted In: Economy

Taking matters into their own hands

500,000 people were left homeless and vulnerable to the coming winter by last weekend's earthquake in Pakistan. Stephen Beard reports on relief efforts launched by well-meaning amateurs.
Posted In: Canada