More charges filed in Flint water crisis

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The investigation into Flint’s water is far from over. Attorney General Bill Schutte announced 18 new charges for six state officials Friday during a press conference.

Charges range from misdemeanor Willful Neglect of Duty, to felony Tampering with Evidence. Among those charged is Liane Shekter-Smith, a former high-ranking official with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). Shekter-Smith served as the official in charge of keeping the state’s drinking water safe. Schuette says Shekter-Smith and two men she supervised failed in their duties.

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Michigan's attorney general has charged six more state employees with crimes related to the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint.
 
The Flint Journal reports a judge Friday authorized the charges filed by the office of Bill Schuette. He plans to formally announce the charges at a morning news conference.
 
All are charged with misconduct in office, willful neglect of duty and various conspiracy counts.
 

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Michigan's attorney general has charged six more state employees with crimes related to the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint.

The Flint Journal reports a judge Friday authorized the charges filed by the office of Bill Schuette. He plans to formally announce the charges at a morning news conference. All are charged with misconduct in office, willful neglect of duty and various conspiracy counts.

The poor, majority black city of 100,000 used the Flint River for tap water for 18 months to save money.

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If you were wondering what you can do to get rid of that old, large television set taking up space in your basement, a free Kent County program can take them off your hands. 

“I think to date, we had charges upwards of 40-thousand dollars of fees to resident wanting to do the right thing.”

Until now, Kent County Director of Public Works, Darwin Baas says residents have had to pay to have their old, television sets recycled.  And while many residents have taken it upon themselves.

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