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Governor wants Flint mayor to have full power

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he's in favor of restoring the full powers of Flint's mayor.

A city administrator, Natasha Henderson, has been responsible for daily operations since last February. But Snyder agrees with Mayor Karen Weaver that it's time to transfer that authority.

Snyder's statement doesn't mention Flint's water crisis, just the "challenges facing the city."

Because of its poor finances, Flint government was under state emergency management for years and still is overseen by an advisory board. The governor has asked the board to support a transfer of power to the mayor.

Snyder has declared an emergency in Flint because of lead in water.  He also wants the federal government to make a disaster declaration.

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