Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A misdemeanor charge related to campaign literature has been dismissed against a recent Michigan Senate candidate. The Ann Arbor News reports that Ann Arbor District Judge Elizabeth Hines issued an opinion Thursday that the state law under which Anuja Rajendra was charged with falsely representing herself as an incumbent is an unconstitutional infringement of free speech. Rajendra, an Ann Arbor businesswoman, lost a four-way Democratic primary race in August.
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Public Service Commission has approved Jackson-based Consumers Energy’s PowerMIDrive electric vehicle charging program. The three-year, $10 million pilot program supports the state’s growing electric vehicle market through new rates, rebates and customer education. The program includes a Nighttime Savers Rate to encourage drivers to charge their electric vehicles between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
DETROIT (AP) — A registered sex offender charged in the fatal shootings of two people and an attempted rape inside a low-income senior complex in Detroit has been referred for a competency evaluation. James Fleming appeared Thursday in district court in Detroit. The 69-year-old Fleming was arrested Nov. 19 in Richmond, Virginia. Fleming is charged in the Nov. 13 slayings of security guard, Kenneth Hall, and Bernice Clark. The shootings followed the attempted rape of a female acquaintance.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An executive with the nonprofit that owns the SAT will lead the largest department in Michigan’s state government. Robert Gordon was named director of the Department of Health and Human Services by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday. He’s senior vice president of finance and global strategy for The College Board. He previously worked in the Obama administration, in the Education Department and Office of Management and Budget. He also clerked for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.