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

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Congress has approved a five-year extension of a program designed to deal with long-term environmental injuries to the Great Lakes. The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Sunday to continue the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, as the House did earlier this year. The bill requires President Donald Trump’s signature to take effect. It calls for gradually boosting the program’s annual funding from $300 million to $475 million by 2026. The program focuses on long-term problems such as toxic pollution, invasive species, loss of wildlife habitat and runoff that feeds harmful algae. Projects have taken place in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Detroit’s chief financial officer will become Michigan budget director. Dave Massaron will start Jan. 4. Chris Kolb is resigning to become vice president for government relations at the University of Michigan. Massaron says he’s “ready and eager” to work with Whitmer and the Legislature. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says Massaron put the city on a stable financial path. 

HOUGHTON LAKE, Mich. (AP) — A popular northern Michigan festival is switching to a February weekend because of coronavirus restrictions. Tip-Up Town USA in Houghton Lake promotes itself as Michigan’s longest-running winter festival, with a polar bear dip, snowmobile drag racing, ice fishing contest and more in Roscommon County. The Jan. 16-17 dates have been switched to Feb. 27-28 because of restrictions on attendance at outdoor events. Tip-Up Town began in 1950, according to the local Chamber of Commerce.

DETROIT (AP) — In prisons around the country, COVID-19 outbreaks have followed transfers of prisoners or prison workers. Nearly all of the 25 state prison systems and the federal Bureau of Prisons that responded to a survey conducted by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press say they had reduced or limited the number of prisoners they moved due to the pandemic. Eight states halted the practice except in special circumstances. The reductions were keeping in line with medical guidelines. But most of those states lifted their restrictions by September and few prison systems heeded the earlier lessons as the pandemic worsened this winter, worrying families of prisoners and correctional officers.