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Pair win courage award for Flint water advocacy

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

A doctor and a Flint mother will receive a courage award from a prominent literary group for their work in exposing the lead contamination in the Michigan city's water.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and LeeAnne Walters will be awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award from PEN America on May 16. The group of writers dedicated to free expression and human rights made the announcement Friday.

Hanna-Attisha last fall reported high levels of lead in children, findings that eventually caused the state to take action. Walters' water was contaminated by lead. She alerted a Virginia Tech expert who took samples around Flint and was shocked by the results.

Corrosive water from the Flint River was leaching lead from old plumbing for more than a year.

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