Bill Schuette

Attorney's General Bill Schuette, State of Michigan

Michigan's attorney general is set to announce criminal charges against two state regulators and a Flint employee, alleging wrongdoing related to the city's lead-tainted water crisis, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation.

The charges will be filed Wednesday against a pair of state Department of Environmental Quality officials and a local water treatment plant supervisor, the officials told The Associated Press late Tuesday.

They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

Schuette asks feds to reject pipeline permit

Apr 15, 2016

State Attorney General Bill Schuette wants the federal government to reject an energy company’s request for permission to use a 98-year-old pipeline to ship crude oil.

The pipes run beneath the Saint Clair River on the border between Michigan and Ontario.

Andrea Bitely is Schuette’s press secretary. She says not enough is known about the safety of a pipe built in 1918 that’s never been used before to ship crude oil. And a spill would contaminate a drinking water source for millions of people.

Michigan Attorney Bill Schuette has filed a lawsuit to shut down an abortion clinic in Detroit.

Schuette’s office says this is the third time the anti-abortion Republican has used this particular law to shut down an abortion provider – in this case, the Summit Women’s Center in Detroit.

Andrea Bitely is Schuette’s press secretary.

She says the law requires a licensed doctor to be in charge of a facility that offers abortions, and that Summit Women’s Center didn’t do that.

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Testing has begun on close to 2,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits in the state, including several hundred in west Michigan.

The 1,819 untested kits were identified in January by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office. At that time, all the kits were at least a year old.

The January numbers include 199 untested kits at the Grand Rapids Police Department and 113 at the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

The numbers do not include Wayne County, which completed a backlog of more than 10,000 untested kits in a separate effort last year.

Schuette questions Waukesha withdrawal plan

Apr 4, 2016

State Attorney General Bill Schuette has sent a letter to Great Lakes governors challenging a proposal to allow the Wisconsin city of Waukesha to withdraw water from Lake Michigan.

Schuette has no formal role in approving or disapproving the request for a pipeline to Lake Michigan that would withdraw millions of gallons of water to replace the city’s contaminated water supply.

That decision belongs to the eight governors of states that border the lakes.

But Schuette could file a lawsuit depending on the answer to that request.

The state administrative board has approved a $1.5 million contract to fund the Michigan attorney general's investigation into Flint's lead-tainted water.

The board voted 4-0 Tuesday to authorize $1.25 million in additional spending for a special counsel and outside investigators.

Attorney General Bill Schuette did not need approval of an initial $249,000 contract because it was below the threshold requiring the board's backing.

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Democrats are putting more pressure on Gov. Rick Snyder to use his own money to pay for projected $1.2 million in legal fees related to Flint's lead-contaminated water crisis.

Democratic House Minority Leader Tim Greimel threatened to do his part to strip at least $800,000 from the executive office budget if Snyder doesn't voluntarily foot the bill.

Flint was being run by a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched in 2014 to the Flint River.

The corrosive river water caused lead to leach from aging pipes into some homes.

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A prosecutor who's been the top law enforcer in Michigan's capital for nearly 20 years has been charged in three counties with hiring prostitutes and committing other crimes.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the case against Stuart Dunnings III developed from tips during a federal human-trafficking investigation.

The 63-year-old Dunnings is the elected prosecutor in Ingham County.

He was charged Monday with using the services of prostitutes in Ingham, Clinton and Ionia counties over many years.

Authorities say a 51-year-old suburban Detroit man is charged with murder in the 1991 fatal beating of his ex-girlfriend's mother in Midland County after a review of cold cases turned up new evidence.

The Michigan attorney general's office and Midland County authorities say Michael McIntyre of New Hudson was arraigned Friday on felony murder and first-degree premediated murder charges in the attack on 43-year-old Diane Ross at her home in Lee Township.

McIntyre pleaded not guilty and is getting a court-appointed lawyer.

Two former Michigan lawmakers forced out of office in a sex scandal have appeared in court on misconduct charges.

Cindy Gamrat's lawyer entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf Tuesday.

Todd Courser appeared in the Lansing court without a lawyer, four days after charges were filed by Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Both were released on bond.

The alleged crimes by the Republican pair mostly are related to an effort to cover up their affair, either by using publicly paid staff or lying to investigators.