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This Sept. 21, 2012 file photo shows Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley at a news conference in Saginaw, Mich. Earley, the state-appointed emergency manager for Detroit’s troubled school district, is leaving the job about 4½ months early, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (Saginaw News, Jeff Schrier, File/Associated Press)

February 2 at 12:02 PM

FLINT, Mich. — The latest on the lead-contaminated drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

The former state-appointed emergency manager for Flint when its water source was switched in 2014 isn’t expected to testify at a U.S. House committee hearing on the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water.

Detroit Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski tells The Associated Press in an email that Darnell Earley declined an invitation to testify Wednesday before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The confirmation came shortly after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday that Earley, who currently is the emergency manager for Detroit’s school district, is leaving the job about 4½ months early.

The AP left a message for Earley.

State regulators failed to require water from the Flint River be properly treated, allowing lead from pipes to leach into the supply and causing a public health emergency.

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8:20 a.m.

Federal prosecutors say the FBI is working with a multi-agency team investigating the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water.

U.S. attorney’s spokeswoman Gina Balaya in Detroit told The Associated Press in an email Tuesday that her office also is working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Word of the FBI’s involvement was first reported by the Detroit Free Press.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Detroit said in January it was investigating the water crisis with the EPA.

Officials haven’t said whether criminal or civil charges might follow.

Flint switched its water source from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River in 2014 to save money while under state financial management. The river water wasn’t treated properly and lead from pipes leached into Flint homes.
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