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

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Firefighters used harnesses and ropes to safely lower two workers six stories to the ground after they became stuck in an elevator lift outside Grand Rapids City Hall. Battalion Chief David Noorman says the two workers were stuck in the lift for about 45 minutes Thursday after its emergency brake engaged. Noorman says the workers were placed in harnesses and lowered to the ground, one by one.

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Senate has approved Matthew Schneider as chief federal prosecutor for eastern Michigan. Schneider’s nomination as U.S. attorney was approved Wednesday night. He’s already been on the job for a year. Schneider is a former assistant U.S. attorney. He also worked for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Michigan Supreme Court.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is prohibiting the use of private email to conduct state business. The Democrat’s directive is among six she issued Thursday, two days after taking office. Her directive orders state department directors and agency heads to prohibit the use of private email for conducting state business within the executive branch. It also bars using state email for non-state activity or disposing state emails except in compliance with record retention schedules.

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is accusing General Motors of violating a national contract by using temporary workers instead of employing full-timers who were laid off from its factories. The union filed a federal lawsuit in Cleveland alleging that GM has temporary workers at its pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The lawsuit says GM has about 1,000 workers on layoff from several factories who should be working at the plant.