Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT

MILAN (AP) — The boards of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Peugeot announced Thursday fast-moving plans to merge the two companies to create the world’s fourth-largest automaker with enough scale to efficiently confront “the new era in mobility.” The merger would bring together Fiat Chrysler, with its strong footprint in North America where it makes at least two-thirds of its profits, and PSA Peugeot, the No. 2 automaker in Europe.

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pete Buttigieg is turning to his fellow mayors as he works to prove the mayor of a city of roughly 100,000 people is ready to assume the American presidency. The Democratic presidential contender has a list of roughly 60 “Mayors for Pete” who are pushing for his underdog bid. They include mayors from former industrial cities undergoing revitalization and metros experiencing demographic shifts.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan environmental regulators are promising faster reviews of applications to protect homes or structures threatened by rising Great Lakes levels. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said Wednesday it will expedite permits for actions such as placing rocks or building seawalls to prevent erosion. Officials say a balance is needed between protecting property and natural features such as dunes and bluffs.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would allow sports betting and online gambling under bills that have been approved by the state House and will move to the Senate for further consideration. The House approved the 10-bill package Wednesday.