Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans have voted to automatically give themselves the authority to intervene in court cases and are poised to pass a bill that would toughen rules for ballot drives, pushing lame-duck legislation that critics say would weaken the power of voters and Democrats. The GOP-led Legislature is racing to pass legislation before Democrats take over top statewide offices.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans have voted to make it harder to initiate ballot drives, sending Gov. Rick Snyder a bill that would impose a geographical-based requirement on signature gathering. The final votes early Friday capped a marathon day at the end of a contentious session following November’s election. Democrats say the legislation is a “power grab” that undermines voters. Republicans say more people from across the state should weigh in on ballot initiatives before they go to the ballot.

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A retired judge appointed to oversee misconduct complaints against a Michigan judge says he found that the state code of conduct for judges and campaign finance rules were violated. The report Thursday says Livingston County District Judge Theresa Brennan’s concealment of a relationship with a detective who was part of a 2013 murder trial she presided over is “gross misconduct.” After the report’s release, a prosecutor announced that steps would be taken to get the accused killer a new trial.

DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court has overturned key decisions by a Detroit federal judge who slowed down or suspended the deportation of Iraqi nationals across the country. In a 2-1 decision Thursday, the court said Judge Mark Goldsmith exceeded his authority in immigration disputes. Sixth Circuit Judge Alice Batchelder says one of Goldsmith’s legal conclusions was “broad, novel and incorrect.” The lawsuit was filed in 2017 after the government rounded up hundreds of Iraqi nationals.