CHICAGO – Several Midwest governors are meeting in Chicago to talk high-speed trains.
Eight Midwest states have cooperated closely for months to promote a regional high-speed rail network with Chicago as its hub.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and other governors attending what's billed as a Midwest High Speed Rail Summit are expected to lobby again Monday for a cut of $8 billion in federal stimulus cash for such projects.
ROMULUS, MI – A memo obtained by the Detroit Free Press shows the operator of Detroit Metropolitan Airport warns many of the 120 businesses in the facility's terminals could close if they don't receive some assistance.
The newspaper reports Monday the Wayne County Airport Authority has developed a hardship plan that would defer payment of a portion of the fees the airport charges businesses.
Retail sales at the McNamara Terminal from October 2008 through January of this year were down 17 percent to 40 percent from the year-ago period.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's administration will resume lobbying this week for expanding the number of tax credits the state uses to attract employers. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority awards the credits based on the recommendation of the state's business development agency. But this month, the authority almost reached the limit of what it can offer. And the governor says that threatens to stall her efforts to bring more skilled jobs to a state that badly needs them.
LANSING, MI – State House Democrats plan to unveil legislation this week to offer incentives for renewable energy businesses. But no one will be in Lansing to vote on it.
The Legislature's informal summer break continues to drag on as closed-door budget meetings between Governor Granholm and legislative leaders continue. Those confidential discussions don't leave much room for other legislative business.
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Agriculture officials say Michigan's peach crop is looking good for this year after frost took a big bite out of last year's harvest.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle says projections released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Michigan Field Office call for an estimated at 20,000 tons of peaches to be harvested this summer from Michigan's orchards.
That's up 43 percent from last year, when spring frost lowered the summertime peach harvest.
LONDON – Shakespeare's Globe, the London theater that stages the Bard's plays in an Elizabethan setting, is taking its show on the road in the U.S.
The company says it will perform the comedy "Love's Labour's Lost" in eight American university cities starting in October.
The Globe is a recreation of the open-air theater where many of Shakespeare's plays were first performed. Many patrons stand in the open air as "groundlings" like their Elizabethan predecessors,and actors are encouraged to interact with the audience.
DETROIT, MI (AP) – Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer in Chicago's four-run first, Gordon Beckham added a solo home run the next inning and the White Sox coasted to a 5-1 win Sunday night over the Detroit Tigers and avoided a sweep.
Clayton Richard (4-3) allowed only a run on five hits over eight innings to help the White Sox salvage a four-game series that started with them tied atop the AL Central with Detroit. The Tigers lead Chicago by two games and the Minnesota Twins by four.