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Trump is under pressure to force companies to make ventilators for the U.S., but it's not so simple.
Minnesota is scrambling against worldwide competition to line up the ventilators it needs to limit the death toll from a coming surge of patients critically ill with COVID-19.
Sales have risen 10-fold for some Ecolab disinfectants that neutralize the novel coronavirus causing a worldwide pandemic.St. Paul-based Ecolab already has 13 separate products
Some of the moves mirror expected federal policies meant to soften the blow of the fast-moving virus.
Businesses find themselves in the middle of a U.S.-E.U. trade dispute over aircraft manufacturing
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday called for sweeping amendments and expansion of federal rules for payroll tax collection and lending…
Ex-copter pilot believes living on a military base exposed her to toxic levels of 3M product.
A U.S. House committee hearing explored the impact of the China trade war and the first phase of a trade pact to resolve it.
The Democrat said she hoped "Canada's elected leaders will call on the Trump administration to publicly release this confidential State Department report."
National analysis finds that cuts may be more lucrative for corporations than advertised; some paid nothing.
Partisanship is getting in the way of addressing key issues, business groups say.
Plan to rein in improper government payments is likely to become law.
Critics say McCollum bill would harm economy. Supporters say pollution risk to BWCA is too great.
Despite the announcement of a Phase One trade deal with China, Chinese imports remain saddled with protectionist tariffs that raise costs and cut profits.
Minnesota senator's family, friends and surrogates must fill the campaign void.
The biofuel's intended uses for energy independence and greenhouse gas reduction have become matters of debate. But no one questions its political clout, economic importance or staying power.
The Minnesota Democrat said her bill is an effort to treat Minnesota's iconic Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness "with the same respect as the Grand Canyon."
Under the bill, the EPA would take action on PFOA and PFOS now and have five years to decide on all PFAS. The White House has indicated President Donald Trump would veto the measure, if the Senate even takes it up.
Agency's new testing protocol raises the number of "forever chemicals" it will look for to 29, up from 18.
House voted to take lid off tax payments deductions.
The measure, part of the 2020 spending package, now moves on to the Senate.
The bill passed by the House of Representatives would have elevated the chemicals to Superfund status, but Environmental Working Group says the designation taken out during conference committee negotiations.
Senate Republicans' proposed fix does too little to preserve benefits, those facing cuts say.
The agency said it will accept applications through Feb. 11.
The upcoming movie "Dark Waters," starring Mark Ruffalo, is expected to draw more attention to the dangers of a group of chemicals that firms like 3M Co. have struggled to contain and remediate.
The China market, off limits to U.S. poultry since 2015, had generated about $16 million a year in Minnesota sales.
The agency is seeking public comments on the proposed testing methods for the five versions of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances.
Opponents would have overturned Trump rule that lets such policies replace ACA plans for up to 3 years.
Debate over expanding these health policies heads to U.S. Senate this week.
On economic grounds, large firms ask high court to reject Trump effort.
Document lays out steps for companies, academics to promote change.
A global trade advocacy group predict businesses face price hike pressure and could be forced to freeze hiring.
Buyers, such as Target Corp. and Best Buy, scramble to deal with cost increases, while sellers such as Medtronic, Ecolab and Cargill battle to sustain foreign investments.
The plaintiff, a firefighter, says he has chemicals in his blood due to his job.
Minn. soybean growers hope the market remains open for their fall harvest.
The hearing comes as the House considers dozens of bills to limit the "forever" chemicals.
Roughly 92% of private Minnesota employers in a recent poll reported difficulty filling some or all salaried and hourly craft positions. The figure was well above the national average of 80%.
Trump's words have left Minnesota firms guessing.
Firm said released documents show incomplete, misleading history of its action on PFAS.
It's the latest in a long string of controversies facing the former one-term state legislator who catapulted to the national political spotlight.
Minnesota retailers say they are worried that tariff-driven price increases "will boomerang back" in the form of lost customers.
The U.S. House passed a bill to prop up the failing fund. Now it's in the Senate's hands.
The USDA proposal was inspired by a Minnesota man with more than $1 million in real estate and assets who gamed the system.
Trump on Monday renewed his assault on Omar during a formal presentation before dozens of business owners gathered on the South Lawn to celebrate American entrepreneurship.
U.S. product celebration is part of Trump's "America First" movement.
Once marketed as making items ranging from clothing to cookware resistant to water, grease and heat, PFAS are being recast legislatively and legally as part of a public health crisis that could rival lead in paint and asbestos.
For some families, the break could be short-lived.
Online giants have too much control over pricing and other information, argues a trade group representing Target, Best Buy and others.
Vertical integration in health care has set off alarm bells.
The previously undisclosed records were filed by device makers from 1999 to April.
Suit challenges federal collection for Minnesota School of Business and Globe University.
Company official says that added costs will be passed on immediately to the customer.
FDA ordered some pelvic repair products off the market – too late for many.
Local business owners expect to pass costs from latest tariffs to consumers.
President Donald Trump has argued that the cost of his tariffs on China will fall largely on the Chinese. The reality is more nuanced, said…
The vice president is promoting the new free trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Ex-congressman joins business alliance seeking NAFTA replacement.
Congress and others look to company for solutions to "lost Marie Curies."
Multimillion-dollar influence war pits corn growers, oil producers.
Compeer Financial's Rod Hebrink cites trade pressures, weather and low prices as key challenges.
U.S. companies paid tariffs totaling $1.5 billion on Chinese imports in December 2018, a trade group said. A year earlier, they spent just $168 million.
Lower U.S. demand, plunge in exports made for rough 2018.
Star Tribune Media Co. has expanded its board of directors, adding four new members. Joining the board will be Christine Fruechte, CEO of Colle McVoy;…
Minnesota will receive roughly $3.5 million from a vehicle company and parts maker accused of conspiring to cheat on pollution controls. According to lawsuits, Fiat…
EPA hasn't issued standards on chemicals dumped by 3M and others that have tainted water.
3M last year settled a state of Minnesota lawsuit related to PFAS, and faces litigation in other states. Environmental and consumer groups immediately challenged the EPA's decision not to push immediately for lower limits on the chemicals in drinking and groundwater.
Marty Davis thinks President Trump has "done more that's right for trade in America than any president since World War II."
A new report said the state will lose 16,100 jobs if the trade war continues.
And Minnesota freshmen in Congress are among those trying to end tactic.
Wisconsin's Duffy offers plan while Cargill and other firms report on toll of trade war.
Product approval requests made to regulators since the shutdown began are not moving forward.
Squelch the urge to retreat amid wild stock market swings, financial advisers say.
Project will pay growers to try methods to keep harmful carbon in the soil.
Serious neck injuries in patients who received the Infuse surgical implant weren't reported to regulators for years.
Suit that alleges First Amendment violations has failed in lower courts.