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

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says a Michigan soldier on leave during the holidays was fatally shot in a murder plot hatched by the victim’s wife and another soldier. Kemia Hassel and Jeremy Cuellar were charged with murder Monday in Berrien County. Prosecutor Mike Sepic says they were active duty soldiers at Fort Stewart in Georgia and were having an extramarital affair. Army Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III was killed on New Year’s Eve after bringing food to his wife from a family gathering.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will issue Food Assistance Program benefits for February early as directed by the federal Food and Nutrition Service. The Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services said Monday it plans to begin issuing February benefits on Saturday. It says clients who don’t receive their benefits then should receive them the following week. That means food assistance clients will have benefits to feed their families in February even if the partial federal government shutdown continues.

NEW YORK (AP) — A hedge fund-backed bid to buy Gannett Co., the publisher of USA Today and several other major dailies, is renewing fears of consolidation, job losses and declining news coverage in the already battered newspaper industry. Digital First Media offered $1.36 billion on Monday for Gannett. Digital First has a reputation for ruthless cost-cutting.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions are starting a social justice program with $600,000 from players on the team and owner Martha Firestone Ford. The Lions announced the initiative days after the NFL launched a social justice platform. Detroit’s players chose where the funds would go to assist the community with scholarships, social educational programs and medical aid.