DETROIT – The National Summit has downsized along with the rest of the economy.
But organizers of the three-day gathering of leaders starting today in Detroit say their agenda remains the same -- draft plans to boost U.S. manufacturing, energy, technology and environmental efforts.
Organizers hoped to draw 5,000 to Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions. But they moved to the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center and lowered expected attendance to 2,000.
EAST LANSING, MI – A legislative task force meets today at Michigan State University to take public testimony on a proposed high-speed rail system in Michigan. A company in Whitmore Lake says it can build a suspended track above existing freeways for a "Magnetic Levitation" or "Maglev" train that travels up to 200 miles an hour.
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says General Motors is trying to force car dealers into contracts that violate Texas law. Abbott filed an objection Friday in GM's pending bankruptcy case in federal court in New York.
Abbott says the contracts are a "take-it-or-leave" deal that prevents dealers from selling other brands, requires them to order new GM cars they may not want to sell and alters state law regarding dealer locations.
KALAMAZOO, MI – Vice President Joe Biden says he believes General Motors will be able to emerge from bankruptcy in 60 to 90 days. Biden spoke today in Kalamazoo at a ceremony to mark the beginning of a project to widen part of I-94. It's the 2000th transportation project funded by the stimulus package that was signed into law by President Obama in February.
East Lansing, MI – The state will have to defend Michigan's patchwork system for ensuring legal representation for criminal defendants who can't afford to pay attorneys. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the case must move forward.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University Friday dedicated a major expansion of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. The celebration also looked ahead to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or F-RIB, a newly-awarded research facility which will be constructed at MSU.