Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer are set to meet for their final head-to-head debate less than two weeks before the election of Michigan’s next governor. Wednesday night’s hour-long debate will be hosted and televised live by WDIV-TV in Detroit, with other outlets having the option to also carry the debate.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A conservative group is spending at least $1.2 million to oppose Proposal 2, the Michigan ballot initiative aimed at stopping partisan gerrymandering. Protect My Vote will unveil TV ads Wednesday that are running for two weeks through Election Day. The opposition committee received the $1.2 million contribution this week from the Michigan Freedom Fund, which has had ties to the wealthy DeVos family.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill that’s a key step toward building a long-sought shipping lock on the waterway linking Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Funding authorization for the Soo Locks project was included in a water resources bill that cleared the Senate this month.

OAK PARK, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit suburb has reversed course after its plan to ban clown costumes from an annual Halloween event to avoid potentially scaring children drew criticism. The city of Oak Park posted a press release on its Facebook page, saying the city won’t ban clown costumes or other costumes from the Oct. 31 “Halloween Boo Bash.” Officials instead are “encouraging parents to use their best judgment” about costumes for the family-friendly event, which includes trick-or-treating, music and a magic show.