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Attempt to recall attorney general over Flint crisis gets OK

Attorney's General Bill Schuette, State of Michigan

A longshot bid to recall Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette from office for his handling of Flint's water crisis has gotten the go-ahead.

The Board of State Canvassers approved the wording of a recall petition from Calvin Hodges Thursday.

The Sterling Heights man is unhappy Schuette appointed an outside special counsel to investigate the water disaster instead of using attorneys on the state payroll.

To trigger a recall vote, Hodges needs nearly 790,000 signatures within a 60-day period.

Schuette spokeswoman Andrea Bitely says he's "thoroughly" investigating what went wrong in Flint.

Two state employees and a Flint municipal worker have been charged.

Schuette has said he went with an outside probe to assure independence, since his office represents the state in a raft of civil lawsuits related to Flint.

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