- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The Latest on developments in the Flint water crisis (all times local):

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4:40 p.m.

Michigan’s former top drinking water official has appeared in court on charges related to the Flint water crisis.

Liane Shekter Smith was accompanied by her attorney Wednesday, less than a week after she was charged by the attorney general’s office. She’s charged with misconduct in office, a felony, and willful neglect of duty, a misdemeanor.

Shekter Smith is accused of concealing evidence of lead in Flint’s drinking water and failing to tell public health officials about problems. Her attorney, Brian Morley, says she’s a “very professional lady who did nothing wrong.”

Shekter Smith is among six people charged last week in the Flint water case, joining three who were charged last spring.

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11:10 a.m.

Federal, state and local officials say they’ll remain committed to fixing Flint’s drinking water system after a federal emergency declaration over the lead crisis expires this month.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Acting Regional Administrator Bob Kaplan says Wednesday the city’s water system is now among the best-monitored in the nation. He says water quality is improving, but officials will continue working until Flint’s water is safe.

President Barack Obama in January signed an emergency declaration authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide water resources and support to state and local efforts. It expires Aug. 14, but officials say federal resources will remain.

The Flint River was used for tap water for 18 months to save money. The improperly treated water released toxic lead from aging pipes and fixtures.

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