The Latest: Special counsel appointed to investigate Flint

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Posted: Jan 25, 2016 11:33 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The latest on Flint's lead-tainted water (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

Michigan's attorney general has named a former prosecutor as special counsel to investigate whether laws were broken during the process that left Flint with lead-tainted water.

Bill Schuette said Monday that former Wayne County assistant prosecutor Todd Flood will spearhead his office's probe with assistance from Andy Arena, the former head of Detroit's FBI office.

The Republican attorney general also said his office is reviewing what can be done to prevent Flint residents from being billed for water.

Schuette's office represents both the people of Michigan and state government.

Schuette says appointing the special counsel will prevent conflicts between him, his investigation team and the team defending the state against water-related lawsuits.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has apologized for regulatory failures and other things that led to Flint's crisis. Federal investigations also are underway.

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5:50 a.m.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a former prosecutor and a former head of the Detroit FBI will play key roles in his office's investigation into Flint's water crisis.

Schuette issued an update on the investigation Monday morning, saying in a statement that all involved "will do our job thoroughly and let the chips fall where they may."

Schuette says Todd Flood, a former assistant prosecutor in Wayne County, will spearhead Schuette's investigation and serve as special counsel. He'll be joined by Andy Arena, who led Detroit's FBI office from 2007 until 2012.

The announcement comes ahead of a Monday morning news conference.

Schuette, a Republican, announced Jan. 15 he would investigate what, if any, Michigan laws were violated in the process that left Flint's drinking water contaminated with lead.