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Michigan restores pay of 6 suspended amid Flint water case

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Democracy Now

The state of Michigan has restored the pay of six suspended employees who face criminal charges amid Flint's crisis with lead-tainted water.

The Flint Journal, citing information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, says the pay of those workers totals about $500,000 a year.

The newspaper and The Detroit News reported the update on the suspended employees, who also will get help from the state in defending themselves.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Stephen Busch, Michael Prysby, Adam Rosenthal and Patrick Cook as well as Department of Health and Human Services employees Nancy Peeler and Robert Scott initially were suspended without pay amid the criminal case. 

As the criminal investigation continues, Flint is moving forward Friday on an effort to replace old lead and galvanized steel water lines.