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

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group is launching a 2020 ballot initiative to expand Michigan’s civil rights law to include anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. Fair and Equal Michigan submitted petition language to the Board of State Canvassers on Tuesday. Once it’s approved, the committee of business, political and philanthropic leaders will try to collect 340,000 signatures to place the initiated bill before lawmakers. If the Republican-led Legislature doesn’t adopt the legislation, the initiative would go to a statewide vote in November. The proposal would update the law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican challenger John James raised $3.5 million in the last three months of 2019, topping Democratic incumbent Gary Peters in Michigan’s U.S. Senate race. It’s the second straight quarterly fundraising victory for James, a businessman and combat veteran. He said Tuesday he raised more than $8 million since launching his campaign in June. His campaign didn’t release how much money it had on hand. Peters, a first-term senator, says he raised $2.5 million in the fourth quarter and $9.3 million over the year. His $8 million-plus in the bank is a record for a Michigan Senate candidate at this stage.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — The Iraqi Consulate in suburban Detroit is inviting people to offer condolences to Iraqi victims of a U.S. bombing that killed an Iranian general and others. There will be a “register of condolences” available Tuesday and Wednesday in Southfield. The Iraqi Consulate made the announcement on Facebook. The attack last week near the Baghdad airport killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.Iraqis are part of a large Arab American population in the Detroit area.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit police chief has been sentenced to one year of probation and 30 days of community service after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge. Lake Angelus Police Chief Michael Farley was also ordered Monday by an Oakland County judge to pay more than $1,500 in fines and fees after pleading guilty to one count of operating a vehicle while impaired. The 62-year-old chief faces other restrictions, including a requirement that he consume no alcohol for the next year. Farley was arrested Nov. 30 in Keego Harbor after police were notified about a possibly intoxicated driver in a red truck.