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Michigan panel OKs $126 million more for Flint

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

Michigan lawmakers have taken a step toward directing another $126 million to Flint's water crisis, including $25 million to replace thousands of underground lead pipes.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved the fourth round of emergency spending requested by Gov. Rick Snyder. More than $67 million has been authorized already.

The additional money would help the beleaguered city stay on Detroit's water system until switching to a regional pipeline and cover costs like intervention services for children with developmental delays associated with lead exposure.

Flint remains under a state of emergency. Residents are using filters and bottled water until pipes are effectively recoated with a protective layer formed by anti-corrosion chemicals.

The budget measure next will be considered by the full Senate and, if it wins approval, then the House.

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