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Criminal charges in Flint water crisis raise stakes

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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)
DETROIT (AP) -

Flint's water crisis has taken a dramatic turn with criminal charges filed against two state employees and a city worker.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is alleging the three knew that a lack of corrosion control in drinking water was a threat to public health and intentionally tampered with lead-level reports to cover up the fiasco.

It's an extraordinary step to haul mid-level public employees into court on such allegations, especially when the public's perception of corruption typically involves bribes. Gov. Rick Snyder has said his environmental regulators didn't use "common sense."

Stephen Busch and Michael Prysby of the state Department of Environmental Quality have pleaded not guilty. Flint utilities chief Michael Glasgow hasn't appeared in court, although his lawyer describes him as an "honest, decent person."

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