Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A criminal defense lawyer who helped win a battle to strike down Michigan’s gay marriage ban has launched her candidacy for state attorney general. Dana Nessel, a Democrat from Plymouth, pledged Tuesday to protect consumers, to prosecute hate crimes and to sue to close twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Republicans and Democrats will choose their attorney general candidates at nominating conventions next summer.

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has turned down an appeal in a dispute over public aid for private schools. A judge last month put a freeze on $2.5 million for fire drills, inspections and other state requirements at private schools. The money was approved by lawmakers, but critics say it violates the Michigan Constitution.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A day-care provider has pleaded no contest to attempted child neglect, four months after a 1-year-old boy died at her home in western Michigan. Keysha Collins will be on probation for a year under a deal struck Friday in Muskegon County court. She’s not accused of injuring Korey Brown, but authorities said she failed to adequately supervise children. The toddler who died was found unresponsive by his mother in April.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A type of zooplankton found in many parts of the world has turned up in the Great Lakes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Cornell University researchers detected the tiny invertebrate in a water sample taken from Lake Erie last year. The agency says there’s little evidence the newcomer will do great damage to the environment or the economy if it becomes established in the lakes.