Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EST

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has repeated her plea to Michigan residents to limit gatherings at Thanksgiving and keep loved ones safe. Whitmer’s appeal Thursday came as the health department reported 7,500 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 134 deaths. Instead of joining the big-box crowds that come with Black Friday shopping, the governor is encouraging residents to shop at small local businesses. Thursday was the second day of a three-week shutdown of indoor dining at restaurants and bars, the Whitmer administration’s latest strategy to reduce spread of the virus. In-person classes at high schools and colleges are also prohibited. Casinos, theaters and exercise classes are closed.

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump has summoned Michigan’s Republican legislative leaders to the White House for an extraordinary meeting Friday. The invitation comes amid a long shot GOP push to subvert the democratic process that handed the battleground state to Democrat Joe Biden. Two people familiar with the matter tell The Associated Press that Trump invited Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield. They agreed to go, according to a state official aware of the leaders’ plans. The two officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. It was not immediately clear what the meeting is about. Neither Shirkey nor Chatfield commented.

UNDATED (AP) — Poll book problems, unbalanced precincts and false reads are at the heart of the Republican Party’s long shot efforts to toss out thousands of votes in Detroit and other largely Black cities that contributed to Joe Biden’s victory in Michigan. But experts say those issues are present in all elections and almost never indicate any serious threat to the integrity of the results. A state canvassing board is expected on Monday to begin certifying election results from each of Michigan’s 83 counties, including Wayne County, where two Republican canvassers grudgingly certified the election due to what they called ballot “discrepancies” in Detroit precincts.

DETROIT (AP) — Charles Levin has died at age 94. Levin was a retired Michigan Supreme Court justice who served for 24 years after creating a party to run as an independent candidate. Levin formed his own independent party to get on the 1972 ballot instead of being nominated by the dominant political parties. Levin won and was reelected in 1980 and 1988. Levin came from a venerable Detroit family steeped in public service. His father, Theodore, was a federal judge whose name is on the downtown courthouse. Cousins include retired U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and U.S. Rep. Sander Levin.