Michigan’s attorney general lodged the first criminal charges against two state environmental officials and a city staffer tied to the Flint drinking water crisis on Wednesday, though the investigation has so far stopped short ensnaring the embattled office of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

The charges against the three men come as proposals in Washington to help Flint and other communities address lead contamination remain deadlocked, hampered by partisan disputes over how to pay to fix decades-old water infrastructure and create healthcare support for vulnerable residents.  Read More