Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EST

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy says it will replace 7,500 high-tech electricity meters to ensure they’re not transmitting information against the wishes of customers. The so-called smart meters have been installed across DTE’s service territory. They allow the utility to collect electricity usage without sending someone to each home. But some customers with the new meter are willing to pay a fee to have someone read it. DTE found that 12 percent of the meters on the opt-out list were still transmitting data.

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.