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

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Work has started on massive snow statues to be featured during Michigan Technological University’s Winter Carnival. WLUC-TV reports that student groups on Friday began their prehistoric times-themed projects for the annual event at the school in Houghton, northwest of Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Statues are to be built from natural snow that falls in the area. Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity statue chair Eric Eschenburg says students will “work every night after classes until about midnight.” Statues are to be judged Feb. 6 before viewing at the carnival. The school says the Winter Carnival was started in 1922.

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly four dozen clinics will share $860,500 through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Strengthening the Safety Net program. Blue Cross says the funding will help the clinics provide free or low-cost medical, dental and mental health care services to uninsured and underinsured Michigan residents. The funding also pays for substance use disorder treatment. Grants of up to $25,000 each were awarded to 17 clinics. Another 30 clinics were awarded up to $15,000 each. Recipients expect to provide care to more than 60,000 people this year. Health care organizations offering primary care services also received more than $190,000 in matched funding through the program.

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A group of Eastern Michigan University alumni have contributed $1 million to the Student-Athlete Performance Center on the school’s Ypsilanti campus. Eastern Michigan says the contribution by GameAbove was made in honor of Brian Clouse, a member of the school’s football team in the 1980s who died last June. The center’s main entrance has been named the Clouse Family Atrium. The 1,288-square-foot welcome room displays Eastern Michigan’s athletic successes, including a 1987 football conference championship season and bowl win during Clouse’s final year on the team. The 63,000-square-foot center opened in August and houses sports medicine, performance and equipment operations areas. 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office is working to add a third gender option on Michigan licenses and ID cards. According to The Detroit News, Benson had previously attempted for a third gender designation, but the department’s software prevented her from doing so. She instead opted for a new policy making it easier for people to change their gender designation from male to female or female to male on state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards. The possibility to add a non-binary option might be completed by 2021.