The Latest: Michigan AG to file civil suit in Flint probe

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Posted: Jun 21, 2016 6:33 PM

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Flint's water crisis (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Michigan's attorney general plans to announce civil charges related to Flint's lead-tainted water crisis.

Attorney General Bill Schuette and members of his special investigative team have scheduled a Wednesday morning news conference in Flint to detail the lawsuit.

Two months ago, the state filed criminal charges against two state environmental regulators and a city of Flint water employee.

Flint's drinking water was switched from a Detroit system to the Flint River in 2014 but not properly treated, resulting in corrosion of lead pipes and elevated lead levels in some children.

Schuette spokesman Andrea Bitely declined further comment on the civil case until the news conference.

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The Michigan city of Flint will get water from the Karegnondi Water Authority system as soon as it's ready, even though the mayor had threatened to break an agreement in the aftermath of its crisis with lead-tainted water.

Mayor Karen Weaver announced the decision Tuesday, saying its contract would be difficult to break. She earlier said she wouldn't rule out staying with the Detroit-area's regional water system regardless of the agreement. Flint's supply was switched from Detroit water to the Flint River in 2014 but not properly treated, resulting in corrosion of lead pipes.

It was done as a cost-saving measure in anticipation of eventually going with Karegnondi when it starts taking water from Lake Huron. Flint switched back to Detroit water temporarily last fall after problems with lead emerged.