Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed a former Kent County judge to fill a vacancy on the Michigan appeals court. James Redford now serves as director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. He joined the Snyder administration in 2015 as chief legal counsel after losing a 2014 race for the state Supreme Court. Redford was a Kent County judge for more than a decade.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats are blasting Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for signing Republican-backed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers. Rep. Christine Greig on Friday accused the governor of choosing to “rob” people of strong paychecks and good benefits. The outgoing Republican governor says signing the bills was the “right policy” for Michigan residents as a whole.

DETROIT (AP) — The General Motors’ massive 14,000-person layoff announced last month might not be as bad as originally projected. The company said Friday that 2,700 out of the 3,300 factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved by adding jobs at other U.S. factories. Blue-collar workers in many cities will still lose jobs when GM shutters four U.S. factories next year. But most could find employment at other GM plants. Some would have to relocate.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some of the women abused by imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar are asking Michigan State University not to redirect $8.5 million from a victims’ counseling fund to a larger money settlement in the case. Interim MSU President John Engler wants the money redirected to a $500 million settlement with Nassar victims. But victims and their supporters pushed back Friday during a Board of Trustees meeting. The Lansing State Journal reports the board didn’t make a decision Friday.