Articles by Mica Rosenberg, Kristina Cooke and Christopher Walljasper, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Coronavirus Spreading Among U.S. Fruit, Vegetable Packers Raising Concern

From apple packing houses in Washington state to farm workers in Florida and a California county known as “the world’s salad bowl,” outbreaks of the novel coronavirus are emerging at U.S. fruit and vegetable farms and packing plants. A rising …

Some Saw Warning Signs Before Oakland Loft Fire

About six months before Friday’s conflagration that destroyed an Oakland warehouse and killed at least 33 people attending a party, builder Matt Hummel walked into the building and saw danger. Hummel, who has worked on several warehouse renovations in the …

Unions, Gig-Economy Firms Prepare for New York Benefits Battle

Faced with a barrage of lawsuits from workers demanding benefits and recognition as employees, some companies in the fast-growing ‘gig economy’ are looking to settle the issues through legislation. Joseph Morelle, the number two Democrat in the New York State …

Federal Reserve Rejects AIG Offer for Mortgage Bonds

The Federal Reserve rejected a $15.7 billion bid from insurer American International Group for a pool of mortgage-backed securities Wednesday and said it will sell off the bonds over time instead. The news is a blow to AIG, which has …

Global Markets Fear Disaster If AIG Is Allowed to Fail

A revised bailout of American International Group Inc. may be just another “band-aid” solution, but more than five months after it was first rescued by the government the option of letting the insurer fail would still be considered too big …