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

Small egg farmers say roomy cages will squeeze earnings

A bill would require the industry to almost double chickens' living space by 2029. But small producers argue that the cost of upgrading cages would drive them out of business.

Updated: August 01, 2012, - 11:31 PM

For-profit colleges - including 3 in Minn. - blasted for dropouts

Senate report says such schools -- including Minnetonka-based Rasmussen College, Capella Education of Minneapolis and Walden LLC, an online school based in Minneapolis -- result in debt but not degrees.

Updated: July 30, 2012, - 11:14 PM

Franken raps Facebook on photo tagging

Company told a Senate panel on technology and privacy that users can block photo tracking if they wish.

Updated: July 19, 2012, - 06:50 AM

Delta needle inquiry focuses on food prep

Tampered sandwiches found on four Delta flights Sunday not likely a terrorist act, security expert says.

Updated: July 18, 2012, - 06:52 AM

Energy official pushing green-energy credits

Energy official in state stumping for credits. Unclear outlook took the wind out of turbine industry's sails.

Updated: July 16, 2012, - 05:45 PM

Best Buy ends support of policy group

Best Buy Co. will no longer continue its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a public policy group.

Updated: July 10, 2012, - 08:34 PM

An 'F' for college loan guidelines

Federal judge said U.S. standards for students' repayment rate on loans for education at for-profit schools "arbitrary and capricious."

Updated: July 02, 2012, - 09:12 PM

Madrid shines bright

Spain's capital city shows off its grand spirit best after evening falls.

Updated: June 30, 2012, - 01:40 PM

For-profit schools in cross hairs

New federal rules will hit ones whose students run up more debt than their jobs let them repay.

Updated: June 27, 2012, - 11:07 PM

Cold War chill felt in battle over changes in trade law

As Congress weighs pros, cons of normalizing relations before Russia enters the WTO, Minnesota firms have a stake.

Updated: June 23, 2012, - 03:04 PM

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