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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More charges filed in Flint water crisis

14 hours ago

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.

Jason Bourne returns to the big screen, starring Matt Damon in the title role, with original director Paul Greengrass also on board.  Bad Moms brings the raunchy comedy and there's a new Woody Allen movie Cafe Society and the drama Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen as a dad raising six kids in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.  WGVU hashes it all out with Jenny Garone from Celebration Cinema in our weekly movie talk.

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