Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EST

UNDATED (AP) — Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with influential leaders in the black community. The Walton Family Foundation is one of the leading supporters of America’s charter schools, which are publicly funded and privately operated. An Associated Press analysis shows the Waltons are spreading financial support to prominent and like-minded black national and community groups.

DETROIT (AP) — A southeastern Michigan group is taking public comment on a proposed change to two regional transportation plans. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments is looking at a special amendment to the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and the Fiscal Year 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Plan. The amendment involves the preliminary engineering phase of infrastructure work on Mound Road in Macomb County.

BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 50-year-old man has pleaded no contest in a crash that killed two teenage siblings as they walked near a roadway in southeastern Michigan. The Monroe News reports that a judge accepted Raymond Reyome’s plea on Dec. 14. He is charged with two counts of reckless driving causing death. Reyome is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 7. Police have said 13-year-old Justin Haun and 16-year-old Alyssa Haun were struck July 4 by a pickup that left the edge of a roadway.

DETROIT (AP) — Retired federal Judge Barbara Hackett has died in her southeastern Michigan home. She was 90. U.S. District Court in Detroit spokesman David Ashenfelter says Hackett’s family alerted court officials to her early Sunday death in Brighton. Hackett spent more than two decades on the federal bench in Detroit as a magistrate and district judge. She was appointed in 1973 as a magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. The court says she was first woman to hold that position.