Jim Spencer

Washington Correspondent
Phone: 202-383-6123
Jim Spencer works in the Star Tribune’s Washington, D.C., bureau. He covers the intersection of Minnesota businesses and industry with national politics, legislation and regulation. Spencer has more than three decades’ experience as a news reporter, columnist, feature writer and sports writer.

Recent content from Jim Spencer

High court finds for Minnesota firm in dispute over legal fees

Octane Fitness sought $2.3 million in fees from a company that sued over an unused patent that was “sitting on...

Updated: April 29, 2014, - 09:32 PM

Big companies back science education

In search of future employees, 3M and other firms whose lifeblood is technology try to make science and math attractive...

Updated: April 26, 2014, - 03:43 PM

Canada orders safer crude oil-tank cars within 3 years

The Canadian government set a 2017 deadline, putting pressure on U.S. officials to do the same.

Updated: April 24, 2014, - 11:09 AM

Failure rates raising new fears over use of aging oil tankers

Tens of thousands of older tanker cars used to haul North Dakota crude oil and Midwestern ethanol run a one-in-four risk of leaking if they derail, railroad officials told the National Transportation Safety Board.

Updated: April 22, 2014, - 11:45 PM

Congress takes up food labeling fight

Some states require labels disclosing use of genetically modified ingredients, but Minnesota’s big foodmakers oppose such initiatives.

Updated: April 19, 2014, - 04:57 PM

BNSF Railway outlines ways to increase fertilizer shipments

Late deliveries have threatened farmers’ plans for spring planting.

Updated: April 17, 2014, - 09:40 PM

April 10: Rail execs deny any preference for crude

Farmers have complained of shipping delays, but rail executives say the underlying problems are complex.

Updated: April 10, 2014, - 09:23 PM

Medicare Advantage plans dodge U.S. cuts

The health insurance industry spent heavily to fight cuts in the private alternative to Medicare.

Updated: April 07, 2014, - 09:46 PM

Insurance industry spends millions fighting cuts to Medicare Advantage

The issue weighs heavily in Minnesota. Half of the state’s Medicare-eligible residents are covered by private insurance, the highest rate in the country.

Updated: April 06, 2014, - 09:35 PM

Supreme Court rules for NWA in frequent flier dispute

A Minnesota man was removed from the WorldPerks program for excessive complaints.

Updated: April 02, 2014, - 09:19 PM

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