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

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

Free trade fight yields strange alliances

In Minnesota and across America, the divisions over deals that open up markets aren’t along partisan lines.

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 09:38 PM

Target missed multiple data breach warnings, Senate report says

As Target prepared for its third Capitol Hill appearance to discuss a massive hacking of its computer system, a Senate committee released a report that charged the company with missing multiple opportunities to stop one of the nation’s worst consumer data breaches.

Updated: March 27, 2014, - 08:44 AM

Target CFO heads back to Capitol Hill with new information about data breach

He’ll testify Wednesday at a Senate hearing after last year’s huge data breach.

Updated: March 26, 2014, - 05:44 AM

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