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

Federal government renews Optum contract

The UnitedHealth subsidiary will get $43 million for overseeing repairs to the federal health insurance exchange.

Updated: January 15, 2014, - 05:41 AM

A lifestyle shrinks with wages

Those touched by the Great Recession adjust to a life where wages don't always go up and change never ends.

Updated: January 14, 2014, - 12:35 PM

Meat industry launches legal assault against U.S. labeling rules

A U.S. government mandate to list where animals are born, raised and slaughtered violates the First Amendment, an industry lawyer told federal appeals court judges.

Updated: January 10, 2014, - 06:27 AM

FDA puts use of antibiotics in livestock under a microscope

Veterinarians are being asked to oversee their use to limit the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Updated: January 07, 2014, - 09:06 AM

Wilfs slapped with $103 million judgment, ordered to post $110 million appeal bond

If Vikings owners lose appeal, wealth could be disclosed by mid-February.

Updated: December 21, 2013, - 09:48 AM

Economists: Budget deal cutting unemployment insurance may not help recovery

Compromise in Congress is not expected to do much to reduce jobless rate.

Updated: December 13, 2013, - 10:06 PM

Cargill bets big on 'green chemical' to fill electrical transformers

Cargill’s soybean-based fluid for electrical transformers has fewer environmental and fire risks than current petroleum-based oils.

Updated: December 11, 2013, - 09:14 PM

Pawlenty shakes up staff at financial lobbying group

Changes at Financial Services Roundtable come at 14-month mark of his tenure as CEO.

Updated: December 08, 2013, - 07:02 AM

Device use expands through adaptation, innovation

System enables new uses, but critics say this flexibility comes with risks.

Updated: December 02, 2013, - 03:50 PM

Nov. 22: Meat labels get specific

Cargill, Hormel are among companies warning of economic disruption if “country of origin” listings become mandatory.

Updated: November 22, 2013, - 09:03 PM

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