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Former Michigan Gov. Snyder Charged in Flint Water Crisis Investigation

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Former Michigan Gov. Snyder Charged in Flint Water Crisis Investigation

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The former governor of Michigan, Republican Rick Snyder, has been charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty in connection to the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, online court records show. The charges are misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to The Associated Press. Snyder’s health director and other former officials are also expected to be charged. The 2014 water crisis highlighted ongoing, dangerous exposure of children and others in the city of nearly 100,000 to the neurotoxin in drinking water, and the failures of officials on all levels to adequately protect local families at the time. At the time, city residents were exposed to high lead levels after officials switched the city to a new water source without sufficiently treating it first. Flint switched its public water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River to reduce costs during a financial …

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