Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hopes to use the final weeks of his tenure to lock in a deal allowing construction of a hotly debated oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. Snyder’s Republican administration is negotiating final details with Canadian company Enbridge to replace twin oil pipes in the Straits of Mackinac with the new tunnel. Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer opposes the plan but may be unable to stop it.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The speaker of the Michigan House has ordered business staff to run the office of a Detroit-area lawmaker after poor attendance. Officials say Rep. Bettie Cook Scott, a Democrat, largely has been a no-show after she lost a run for the state Senate in August. Scott’s term as a House member runs through December. She’s paid about $72,000 a year. Gideon D’Assandro, a spokesman for House Speaker Tom Leonard, tells The Detroit News that the absences have been frustrating.
NEGAUNEE, Mich. (AP) — A city manager in the Upper Peninsula says the community wants to turn a historic theater into the “shiniest jewel in town.” The city of Negaunee and the local chamber of commerce together are contributing $10,000 to hire an expert who will come up with a business plan for the Vista Theater. The Vista opened in 1926 as a vaudeville and movie theater and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s now operated by the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The director of operations for the University of Michigan marching band has died on the day of the big game against Ohio State. The university says Maggie St. Clair had a medical emergency and died Saturday before departing for the game. St. Clair took care of marching band operations behind the scenes. She worked at Michigan for 42 years.