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A former Lansing-area prosecutor forced out of office in a scandal over prostitutes has pleaded guilty. 

Stuart Dunnings III pleaded guilty Tuesday to misconduct in office, a felony, and soliciting a prostitute, a misdemeanor.

He struck a deal with the attorney general's office in exchange for the dismissal of 14 other charges in three counties.

Attorney General Bill Schuette says he'll seek a prison sentence for the 63-year-old Dunnings, who was the Ingham County prosecutor for nearly 20 years.

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Michigan's attorney general has charged six more state employees with crimes related to the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint.

The Flint Journal reports a judge Friday authorized the charges filed by the office of Bill Schuette. He plans to formally announce the charges at a morning news conference. All are charged with misconduct in office, willful neglect of duty and various conspiracy counts.

The poor, majority black city of 100,000 used the Flint River for tap water for 18 months to save money.

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Discussions about tribal efforts to combat human trafficking as well as an upcoming conference devoted to the topic are planned during a commission meeting in Lansing.

The Michigan Human Trafficking Commission is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning in the office of state Attorney General Bill Schuette.

The meeting is expected to feature representatives of the Firekeepers Casino and Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi.

They will talk about their efforts to curb human trafficking.

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken the first step to appeal a court decision that lifted the state’s ban on voters using the straight-ticket option to vote for an entire party’s slate of candidates on the November ballot.

Schuette’s office filed a notice with the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is in the works.

The state’s legal team is working on a motion to block the judge’s order in time to get ballots printed in the fashion that Republicans would prefer – without the straight-ticket option for voters.

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A Michigan board has approved the state attorney general's request for $3.4 million more to investigate Flint's water crisis, an amount that would more than triple overall spending on the probe.

The request was approved Tuesday by the State Administrative Board. Representatives of the governor, lieutenant governor and state treasurer abstained in the voting.

Attorney General Bill Schuette hired lawyer Todd Flood and 21 other outside attorneys and investigators for the probe. An initial $1.5 million was authorized through July 2017.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has joined a lawsuit filed by 10 states challenging a federal rule that says schools must respect the self-declared gender identity of students.

That includes allowing transgender students to choose which restrooms and locker rooms they will use.

Andrea Bitely is the attorney general’s press secretary. She says the rule ignores the wishes of parents of transgender students, as well as schools and Congress, which never adopted a law.  

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Governor Rick Snyder declined to put his name on the latest legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency by the state attorney general’s office.

Snyder says Wednesday he believes the suit is not necessary, as state utilities are already largely moving toward compliance.

"So we thought the best answer was, we’re already heading in the direction of where that outcome would happen," he says. "So there wasn’t a reason to participate in that lawsuit."

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Governor Rick Snyder says his office is complying with a criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis led by the state attorney general’s office.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette accused the governor’s attorneys of delaying the process on Tuesday by not turning over requested information.

Snyder says his office is "fully cooperating" and has already provided the AG’s office with more than 300,000 documents.

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says lawyers hired by Governor Rick Snyder at public expense are delaying progress in the criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis.

Schuette says the governor’s attorneys won’t turn over documents demanded by his Flint investigative team.

The attorneys come from private law firms but are paid using state funds. More than $1 million has been approved to pay for the defense team.

Schuette says his office is bargaining with the governor’s lawyers, but would not rule out legal action.

The state has filed a lawsuit seeking to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from two water engineering firms that did work in Flint.

The lawsuit accuses the companies Veolia and LAN of fraud and professional negligence.

It says the firms not only failed to detect lead contamination of the water, but also did things that made the problem worse.

Todd Flood is the special assistant attorney general in charge of the investigation.

He says the lawsuit seeks to recover the costs of dealing with the water crisis.

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