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

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan restaurants and bars could sell cocktails and other liquor for pickup or delivery and would see a temporary cut in state liquor prices under legislation overwhelmingly approved by state Senate. Supporters say the bill passed Wednesday would help bars and restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic. They note that some restaurants already can sell unopened beer and wine to go if they have a certain license. Under the legislation, local governments could designate a “social district” where people could drink alcohol outside. The bill goes to the House, which is considering similar measures. 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Strong winds have knocked out power to more than 160,000 utility customers across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as severe weather stretches from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. Consumers Energy says outages were affecting more than 137,000 customers. DTE Energy says roughly 27,000 had no electricity at mid-afternoon, most of them in the Thumb region. In western Michigan, Holland’s storm warning sirens blared before noon as winds topped 70 mph.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered outside the Michigan Capitol for a “We Are Done Dying” rally to protest police brutality of blacks. Speakers called on the crowd Wednesday to change the culture of racism and violence. Members of the youth division of the Michigan Chapter of the NAACP organized the event, which promoted peace, unity and change. Michigan State Police Lt. Darren Green says about 600 people came to the protest. There were no arrests. The death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis sparked international protests and has drawn new attention to the treatment of African Americans in the U.S. by police and the criminal justice system.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge is giving an LGBT rights ballot drive more time to collect signatures due to coronavirus restrictions but is refusing its request to slash the number of signatures to make the November ballot. Wednesday’s ruling from Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens means a 69-day period won’t count as part of a 180-day window in which Fair and Equal Michigan’s petitions must be gathered. The judge declined to reduce the 340,000-signature requirement to 127,000. The ballot committee’s proposal would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.