European Union en Dutch manufacturers setting up shop in Brighton <p>Michigan manufacturing is getting a boost from a group of Dutch companies which are starting production of a wide range of green technology products in Brighton.</p><p></p><p>This week, the companies are starting to roll out wind turbines, heat exchangers, &nbsp;water purification systems and other green technologies.</p><p></p><p>Jan Verwater is with the Michigan company partnering with the Dutch manufacturers. He says Michigan’s large production capacity gives it an advantage in attracting high tech businesses.</p><p></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:13:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 13426 at In this morning's news: Medical marijuana dispensaries, free trade with E.U., voter registration <p><strong>Medical marijuana dispensaries could be revived in Michigan</strong></p><p>A state House panel is soon likely to take up a bill that would <a href="">revive medical marijuana dispensaries</a> in Michigan. Earlier this year, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled to stop most marijuana dispensaries; but now state lawmakers say they’re close to a deal on legislation that would allow and regulate the facilities.</p><p>Republican representative Mike Callton told Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher, “without the dispensaries, patients will have very limited access to medical marijuana.”</p><p><strong>Free trade with E.U. could benefit Michigan manufacturing </strong></p><p>Michigan businesses will be closely watching free trade talks starting today between the United States and the European Union. The <a href="">proposed trade deal</a> would open markets between the U.S. and the 28 E.U. countries. Rich Studley is the president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Studley told Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody, "an E.U. free trade deal would primarily benefit Michigan’s manufacturing industry."</p><p><strong>Last chance to register for 2013 local elections</strong></p><p>Today is the deadline to <a href="">register to vote</a> for the 56 local elections in Michigan this summer. Elections range from local primaries to school boards to city council votes. The Michigan Secretary of State is urging Michiganders to get out to vote in their local elections. Residents can go to their county or local clerk's office or a Secretary of State office to register.</p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:51:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13410 at In this morning's news: Medical marijuana dispensaries, free trade with E.U., voter registration US-EU free trade talks could benefit Michigan <p>Trade talks between the United States and the European Union start Monday.</p><p></p><p>The talks could have major ramifications for Michigan’s economy.</p><p></p><p>Officials on both sides of the Atlantic are trying to hammer out a deal that could mean tens of billions of dollars in new trade.</p><p></p><p>Rich Studley is the president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. He says a free trade deal with the 28 European Union nations would be very important for Michigan.</p><p></p> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:02:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13400 at US-EU free trade talks could benefit Michigan Michigan congressman defends US spying agencies <p>The Michigan congressman who heads the House Intelligence committee won't comment on new complaints about alleged U.S. spying.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>France and Germany are angry at reports the U.S. bugged the offices of the European Union.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The allegations are tied to the recent leaks from a former National Security Agency staffer.</p><p></p><p>Brighton Congressman Mike Rogers chairs the House Intelligence committee.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says he cannot comment on “any ongoing operation," but he defends the collection of military and other intelligence overseas.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13319 at Michigan congressman defends US spying agencies International: 'Turmoil' In Europe Continues To Trouble Markets While Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou struggled to bring calm to his country today <a href="" target="_blank">by shuffling his cabinet</a>, <em>The New York Times</em> <a href="" target="_blank">warns that</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The instability rocking Greece this week is the latest manifestation of a troubling new phase in the global financial crisis: political turmoil is sweeping through Europe, toppling governments and threatening to undermine efforts to Fri, 17 Jun 2011 17:41:30 +0000 Mark Memmott 2934 at