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

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to block the creation of a Michigan commission to draw seats in Congress and the state Legislature after the 2020 census. Republicans sued, claiming illegal provisions in the 2018 amendment to the state constitution. The commission is an extraordinary change that will take redistricting out of the hands of lawmakers. Many elected officials or candidates or their family are barred from getting a seat. Judge Janet Neff rejected a request for an injunction.

DETROIT (AP) — Attorney General Dana Nessel has dropped charges against two men in suburban Detroit and says a former Central Michigan University student should be allowed to withdraw from a plea deal after an investigation found misconduct by a prosecutor who handled sexual assault cases. Brian Kolodziej resigned as an assistant attorney general after state police learned he had an intimate relationship with a woman who had accused Ian Elliott of assault. Elliott is in prison after pleading no contest.

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police have identified a western Michigan man killed in an officer-involved shooting in the Grand Rapids area. Police say 34-year-old Steven Forrest Saucier was shot around 4 a.m. Sunday at a home in Gaines Township after Kent County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance .Wyoming Lt. Eric Wiler says Saucier met deputies with a gun, a brief confrontation ensued and one deputy fired on Saucier. Another deputy suffered minor injuries.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has named Jonathan Brater to be the next director of the Michigan Bureau of Elections following the retirement of current director Sally Williams. Brater, who will take over Jan. 2, has worked alongside Williams for the past 11 months while he focused on elections while serving as the Department of State’s Legal Policy Director.