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Minnesotans who crammed into and outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday said Pope Francis’ historic message to Congress urging political civility and aid to the world’s downtrodden was encouraging in times of domestic and international turmoil.
Pope Francis called on members of Congress this morning to help the downtrodden of both the United States and the world and pressed them to work to combat climate change, open their hearts to Syrians fleeing crisis, and fight for those caught in a cycle of poverty.
Advisory group will provide input on clinical trial designs.
In bid to sell more here, Australian producers take on a powerful U.S. lobby
Agriculture officials estimate the state could add 620 pumps using a public-private partnership to match federal money.
The world’s fifth-largest hearing aid maker and the largest in the U.S. has apparently ousted four of its senior executives in a major shake-up at one of Minnesota’s biggest private companies.
Lobbying has picked up as he weighs whether his decision in a North Dakota case could apply in Minnesota and elsewhere.
They say proposed changes would prevent technology from getting to those in need.
Subsidies allow carriers from UAE and Qatar to undercut U.S. airlines, “Big 3” contend.
Capturing methane from manure from Minnesota dairy cows can reduce pollution and save energy, but technology can be tricky and too expensive to make money.
New EPA rules dictate less coal burning and more clean energy, efficiency
The senator from Iowa said the deal could hurt competition.
At White House, the company agreed to take action to help mitigate climate change.
Regulators long ago blessed the use of genetically modified organisms to grow such staple foods as corn and sugar beets. But in an age of “Big Food” skepticism, consumers have increasingly become wary of GMOs.
Authorization for the Export-Import Bank ran out in June.
The bill prohibits state laws that make food producers disclose genetically modified organisms.
Ag committee sends bill to House floor despite outcry from states’ rights, consumer groups.
WASHINGTON – By almost any measure, the U.S. system that judges the safety and effectiveness of genetically modified organisms is out of date. Despite…
Controversial back-pain treatment has sparked hundreds of patient injury lawsuits.
Senate must approve nomination of Andy Slavitt, who helped fix the ACA website.
Mayo Clinic says electronic intensive care unit services could pack a bigger punch if lawmakers would bolster Medicare reimbursement.
Cargill, Klobuchar are among Minnesota leaders pushing for an end to trade embargo, new markets for local goods.
Cargill-backed refiners attack loans that aid Red River Valley beet growers.
No vote has been scheduled to save the 80-year-old bank, which supporters say helps businesses large and small sell abroad.
White House threatened to veto Paulsen-sponsored legislation without a revenue offset.
OMB said Paulsen’s bill benefits corporations at expense of health care.
Impact of free-trade deals on jobs among concerns.
Rules about listing country of origin didn’t pass muster with the WTO.
Proposal that would overturn federal water rule heads to full Senate.
Minnesota firms are wary of the provision allowing companies to let the public know whenever federal investigators seek private consumer data about their customers.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen, would take $26 billion from health law over a decade.
Vilsack says USDA’s new $100 million blender pump program offers latest proof.
Ethanol supporters in Minnesota are not pleased. They want an even larger blending mandate.
The U.S. court system upheld rules that require meatpackers to tell consumers where animals used in their products are born, raised and slaughtered. But the World Trade Organization may have killed the rules.
Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken maintained their objection to the bill to give President Obama "fast track" trade negotiating authority before and after…
The U.S. requirement to disclose country of origin ran afoul of the World Trade Organization.
WASHINGTON – Bob Zelenka, executive director of the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association, sums up the current rail shipping conditions for Minnesota grain farmers…
Regulators and railroads work to keep oil train restrictions from slowing down a system that has just started to move again.
Klobuchar and Franken vote no; others join Republicans to move trade promotion authority for Obama into discussion.
Senate votes should lead to negotiating authority on free trade agreement.
Klobuchar, Franken join in denying Obama in Senate.
New disclosure rules would require communities to request information.
Three-judge panel rules patient can’t sue over Medtronic device.
Worried about increasing oil train traffic, the U.S. and Canada ordered cars to have thicker shells, more insulation and better valve structures.
Critics claim that some cut-rate long distance routers moving calls in the middle of the nation’s telecommunications network simply do not connect rural calls to avoid expensive connection fees.
General Mills and Cargill workers are spearheading Partners in Food Solutions, an effort to improve food production and distribution in Africa.
Three state politicians say the industry is dragged down by poor regulation enforcement.
Law co-sponsored by Rep. John Kline allows changes in multi-employer funds. Proposal for cuts was unveiled Wednesday.
Funding is seen as far short of what is needed to reduce the disease’s impact by 2025.
Industry says reinforced cars on current routes are better than trying to avoid heavily populated areas.
Fight over fast-track authority puts Republicans with Obama, Democrats against him.
Medica, UnitedHealth have big stake in Supreme Court health subsidy case
While many in the U.S. Senate and House pay lip service to ending the sales tax on medical devices that was instituted to help pay for national health care reform, no consensus exists about exactly how.
White House lists export gains by state, including Minnesota.
Minnesota companies say they need the financial help.
But if it has to happen, leaders of big businesses want other changes to the tax code as well.
The GOP controls Congress but lacks votes to override the president's veto.
If Target’s pay scale slips below Wal-Mart, the turnover in personnel could affect productivity and customer satisfaction.
Minnesota’s food giants are fighting an FDA proposal to list “added sugars” separately on nutrition labels.
Cargill and Hormel were part of trade groups seeking to avoid packages that say where animals are born, raised and slaughtered.
The devicemaker will pay $2.8 million after feds said it encouraged unapproved use of neurostimulation product.
President Obama wants to impose a one-time mandatory 14 percent tax on foreign profits that U.S. companies have stashed abroad, a move that would force Minnesota’s major companies to pay the government billions of dollars.
The president proposed a national initiative to help research, fight diseases.
Survey is at odds with other analyses that saw little change.
Conclusions differ sharply from the case the med-tech industry is making against the tax.
Mayor Betsy Hodges says city’s future as “majority minority” requires closing income gap.
Andy Slavitt led UnitedHealth’s Optum subsidiary.
Proposed FDA rules would require new premarket approval of certain diagnostic tests.
Cargill and the new U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba — more than two dozen trade associations representing virtually every crop and meat produced in the United States — have engaged Minnesotans in Congress for help.
Environmentalists dislike Keystone XL, but without it more oil trains could roll through Minnesota.
Rep. Erik Paulsen hopes Congress can negotiate a way to offset the lost revenue with health care savings.
BNSF fought order sought by power companies and politicians to address low stockpiles in Minnesota and surrounding states.
The change, and the fact that it was included in a spending bill, doesn’t sit well with some farmers.
Regulator says banks failed to protect credit unions from bad mortgage-backed securities.
Deficit hawk says leadership now is key to avoiding painful entitlement cuts.