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

CHICAGO (AP) — Forecasters are telling folks in the Midwest that they could see a rapid thaw come soon, with temperatures climbing by as much as 80 degrees. Such a drastic change just days after arctic conditions could create problems such as bursting pipes, flooding rivers and crumbling roads.

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel plans to speak at a meeting in which civil rights officials could ask her to reconsider her predecessor’s opinion that state law doesn’t protect LGBT people from discrimination. The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will decide Friday whether to make the request to Nessel at its scheduled meeting in Detroit. The commission says she’s expected to discuss the proposed issue.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit to defend the federal health care law after a judge declared it unconstitutional. The Democrat announced Thursday her motion to intervene. Joining her were three other Democratic attorneys general _ Philip Weiser of Colorado, Aaron Ford of Nevada and Thomas Miller of Iowa. The federal judge in Texas declared the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional, but its provisions remain in effect while the case is appealed.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and state flags to be lowered to honor a soldier from western Michigan who died during a training exercise in southern New Mexico. Whitmer said in a release that flags should be lowered to half-staff Saturday within the State Capitol Complex and state government buildings for 24-year-old Army Cpl. Cole Wixom. The infantryman from Bloomingdale was one of two soldiers to die in a collision between two vehicles at McGregor Range.