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Ex-Flint emergency manger declining to testify

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FLINT, MI (WNEM/AP) -

The former state-appointed emergency manager for Flint when its water source was switched in 2014 isn't expected to testify at a U.S. House committee hearing on the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.

CBS News has confirmed that Darnell Earley "respectfully declined" the invitation to testify Wednesday before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He has also hired an attorney.

The confirmation came shortly after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday that Earley, who currently is the emergency manager for Detroit's school district, is leaving the job about 4 1/2 months early.

State regulators failed to require water from the Flint River be properly treated, allowing lead from pipes to leach into the supply and causing a public health emergency.

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