A judge apparently is letting a Monday deadline slip after the City Council in Flint asked for more time to choose a long-term source of drinking water.
The council asked federal Judge David Lawson to reconsider his decision. In response, the judge told the state of Michigan to file a reply by Tuesday.
Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is suing Flint to force it to approve a 30-year deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority, which has been serving the city since a lead disaster was declared in fall 2015.
Lawson had set a Monday deadline for a decision on a long-term water source. Managers appointed by Snyder provided Flint with water from the Flint River in 2014.
The corrosive water wasn't properly treated, and lead leached from old plumbing.
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