Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature has passed legislation that would restore more than half of the proposed spending that was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The votes are a sign that Michigan’s budget impasse may soon end. The Senate and House approved bills Wednesday to reverse some of Whitmer’s line-item vetoes and fund transfers. Negotiations continue on curbing the powers of the State Administrative Board. Both sides are optimistic a final deal could be reached next week.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has named an ethics expert to Michigan State University’s governing board as it continues to confront the fallout from Larry Nassar’s sexual assaults. The appointment of Renee Knake on Wednesday fills a vacancy left by a trustee who resigned over the board’s decision to drop a promised independent review of the Nassar scandal. University of Houston law professor Renee Knake previously taught at Michigan State’s law school for a decade and still lives in East Lansing. Whitmer, a Michigan State alumna, says it is important to add someone who is “seeped in ethics” to the university’s leadership.

DETROIT (AP) — A retired vice president at the United Auto Workers has pleaded guilty to corruption charges. Joe Ashton admits he received a $250,000 kickback after arranging a contract for 58,000 watches. Ashton led the union’s General Motors department until July 2014 and also had a seat on the automaker’s board. Ten people with ties to the UAW have been charged in the corruption investigation; eight have pleaded guilty, including the widow of a union vice president. Separately, three people who worked at Fiat Chrysler have been charged and convicted.

DETROIT (AP) — Union leaders from Fiat Chrysler factories are sending a new four-year contract to a membership vote. The 47,000 members of the United Auto Workers union at the company will vote on the deal starting Friday. Local leaders assembled on Wednesday in Detroit to go over the pact. It includes a $9,000 bonus per worker upon ratification. The company also has promised $4.5 billion worth of new investments in U.S. factories.