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

Facial recognition: They know who you are

3M and others are pushing hard into facial recognition technology, but concerns persist about privacy.

Updated: August 17, 2012, - 05:20 PM

Broadband battle hits rural areas

Cable and Internet providers, who see unfair competition, oppose government initiatives such as Lake County's.

Updated: August 13, 2012, - 09:50 PM

State's farmers escape worst of drought

Minnesota corn growers expect a relatively good crop, considering the devastation that a dry summer has inflicted elsewhere.

Updated: August 11, 2012, - 08:56 PM

Drought is likely to drive up prices, send corn forecast to 17-year low

USDA projects corn yields at a 17-year low; Minnesota has escaped the worst.

Updated: August 11, 2012, - 11:15 AM

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

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