Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she won’t visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank after all, despite being granted an Israeli permit on humanitarian grounds. She says Israel’s “oppressive” conditions aimed to humiliate her. Israel barred Tlaib and another Democrat, Rep. Ilhan Omar, from visiting Jerusalem and the West Bank over their support for the international boycott movement following an unprecedented appeal from President Donald Trump to deny them entry.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Photos of a western Michigan woman’s mutilated body can be used as evidence in the trial of a man charged in her slaying and dismemberment. A Kent County judge made the ruling at a hearing Friday. Defense attorneys argued the photos have no value as evidence and only would be used to sway the jury against 29-year-old Jared Chance. Prosecutors said the photos show how much work was put into hiding the slaying of 31-year-old Ashley Young.

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — Felony child abuse charges have been dismissed against a former Detroit-area special education teacher accused of abusing autistic students. The Macomb Daily reports that a judge on Thursday reduced four of the counts faced by Brittany Stevens to misdemeanor assault. Stevens was charged in 2018 and fired from her job at Sequoyah Elementary in Macomb Township, north of Detroit. Authorities received reports of verbal and physical abuse of students.

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials say excavators will soon be used to remove contaminated soil and buried leather from the former Wolverine World Wide tannery site in western Michigan. The Grand Rapids Press reports a popular stretch of the White Pine Trail will be closed in Rockford for the work and excavations in Belmont also are planned. Contractors also plan to remove contaminated sediments in the Rogue River. Wolverine is paying for the cleanup work that’s being completed this fall.