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Governor Snyder supports 2 charged in Flint

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is expressing support for two high-ranking state officials who have been charged in the Flint water investigation. (MGN)

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is expressing support for two high-ranking state officials who have been charged in the Flint water investigation.

Snyder says Nick Lyon and Dr. Eden Wells are presumed innocent and "will remain on duty" at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Lyon, the head of the department, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of an 85-year-old man with Legionnaires' disease. He's accused of failing to alert the public about a Legionnaires' outbreak in the Flint area in 2014-15.

Wells, Michigan's chief medical officer, is charged with obstruction of justice and lying to an investigator.

Flint used the Flint River for 18 months. The water wasn't properly treated, causing lead to leach from old pipes. Some experts have blamed the water for the Legionnaires' outbreak.

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