Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of flag-waving, honking protesters drove past the Michigan Capitol to show their displeasure with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. They don’t like her orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the coronavirus outbreak. The protest, called “Operation Gridlock,” was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition. Coalition member Meshawn Maddock said Whitmer’s orders are “just a disaster.” The governor said the rally threatened public health because protesters were close together without masks. Whitmer said the stay-at-home restrictions are necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Michigan’s cases rose about 4% to 28,059. Deaths from COVID-19 increased by 153 to 1,921. 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of flag-waving, honking protesters drove past the Michigan Capitol to show their displeasure with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. They don’t like her orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the coronavirus outbreak. The protest, called “Operation Gridlock,” was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition. Coalition member Meshawn Maddock said Whitmer’s orders are “just a disaster.” The governor said the rally threatened public health because protesters were close together without masks. Whitmer said the stay-at-home restrictions are necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Michigan’s cases rose about 4% to 28,059. Deaths from COVID-19 increased by 153 to 1,921. 

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Cal Rapson, a retired leader in the United Auto Workers and labor activist in the Flint area, has died. The union announced Rapson’s death Wednesday. A cause wasn’t disclosed. Rapson was a college student when he spent the summer of 1965 working at a General Motors engine plant in Flint. By 2010, more than 40 years later, he retired as a UAW vice president who had negotiated with GM, General Dynamics and other major companies. UAW President Rory Gamble says Rapson was a “fighter” for America’s working families. 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to block the creation of a Michigan commission to draw seats in Congress and the Legislature after the 2020 census, denying lawsuits filed by Republicans who claimed eligibility rules violate their constitutional rights. An amendment to Michigan’s constitution took redistricting out of the hands of lawmakers and placed it with a 13-member commission. Many partisan elected officials and their family members are barred from getting a commission seat. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a judge’s decision to not grant an injunction to the Michigan Republican Party.