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

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University faculty members are praising the former dean who’s been appointed to lead the university following the resignation of John Engler. The Board of Trustees announced Thursday that former College of Engineering dean Satish Udpa would replace Engler as interim president. Engler was pushed to resign this week after making controversial comments about some victims of former sports doctor and convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar.

UNDATED (AP) — Michigan State University’s governing body accepted interim president John Engler’s resignation, effective immediately. The Thursday vote marks the latest development stemming from the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

GENOA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An estate sale in Michigan sold more than 200 items belonging to “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert and her husband, Emmy-winning actor Timothy Busfield. The Livingston Daily Press & Argus reports that American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company’s online estate auction held this month included a red wedding dress and signed memorabilia. The auction house owner says interest in the sale exceeded expectations. The online auction catalog received about 58,000 views.

KESHENA, Wis. (AP) — A native tribe is appealing a federal judge’s dismissal of its challenge to a state permit for a zinc and gold mine planned for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin contends the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrongly allowed the state of Michigan to handle permitting for Aquila Resources’ Back Forty project. A federal judge rejected the tribe’s suit in December. The tribe is asking a federal appeals court to take the case.