On Wednesday, the state legislature began work on measures to tighten food inspections, while in Washington, the CEO of Peanut Corp. refused to testify before Congress.
House and Senate negotiators crafted a deal Wednesday, pushing for floor votes this week. Tax cuts make up about a third of the total expenditure.
In what could be a sign of things to come, the minor leagues have developed a stringent drug-testing program.
Americans need a lift. A big spending package may provide at least a little one, pollsters say.