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Flint Family: Our 'Tragic' 2-Year-Old Is Poisoned

Sophia Rodriguez Waid's family sues Flint, Michigan

(Newser) - A Flint, Michigan, family is suing the city and several government officials after their young daughter tested positive for lead poisoning, NBC News reports. The family of Sophia Rodriguez Waid, who's now 2, say they moved out and spent scarce funds on remodeling their house to avoid contaminated water—... More »

Plumbers Go Where They're Needed Most: Flint

'It just goes to show how giving American people are'

(Newser) - Unlike many state officials, Michigan's plumbers aren't going to sit idly by while Flint residents drink lead-contaminated water. Michigan Radio reports plumbers from Local 370 in Flint have been installing donated filters and faucets for residents. On Saturday, they were joined by more than 300 fellow plumbers from... More »

Brockovich's Water Warning: Flint Is Just the Start

She's been on the case for a year already

(Newser) - Think the Flint water crisis is bad? It's only "the tip of the iceberg," says Erin Brockovich. During an appearance on The Late Show on Thursday, the environmental activist explained lead-laced water has also been found in Sebring, Ohio; Louisiana; and possibly Wisconsin. "I can tell... More »

Michael Moore: Flint Suffered 'Crime Against Humanity'

Sending bottled water isn't enough, says filmmaker

(Newser) - Companies including Pepsi, Coca Cola, Walmart, and Nestle have donated bottled water to Flint, Michigan, to help residents deal with a staggering water crisis. So have celebrities like Mark Wahlberg, Cher , and Pearl Jam . Michael Moore says it's not enough. Bottled water "cannot reverse the irreversible brain damage... More »

Pepsi, Coke Donating Water to Flint

Walmart and Nestle, too

(Newser) - Walmart and several global beverage-makers have pledged to deliver about 175 truckloads of bottled water to Flint as the Michigan city deals with a public health emergency caused by lead-tainted water, the AP reports. The retail giant, along with Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestle, announced Tuesday the collective donation will include... More »

Millions of Americans Drink Bad Water: Report

Crisis in Flint, Michigan, could spread to other cities

(Newser) - Flint, Michigan, isn't the only city in a water crisis —but residents of other US cities just don't know they're in a water crisis, the Guardian reports. According to watchdogs and government documents, water boards in several cities have designed questionable tests that violate EPA regulations... More »

Flint Lead Problem Could Be Eased by Recoating Old Pipes

Flint's mayor says it would cost $1.5 billion to replace the pipes

(Newser) - Flint's mayor has floated a shockingly high price tag to fix the Michigan city's lead-contamination problem: $1.5 billion to replace damaged pipes. Gov. Rick Snyder put the figure at $700 million. In the meantime, officials and water experts are hopeful that there is a less drastic and... More »

Pearl Jam Gives $125K to Fight Flint Water Crisis

Band has raised thousands more from industry, fans

(Newser) - Pearl Jam has stepped up to help people affected by the Flint water crisis and the grunge band is calling on fans and the rest of the music industry to do the same. The band has pledged $125,000 to the United Way's Flint Water Fund and secured another... More »

Anonymous: Flint Officials 'Will Not Go Unpunished'

Hacker group wants governor Rick Snyder charged with manslaughter

(Newser) - Hacker group Anonymous is taking up the cause of Michigan residents sickened by Flint's ongoing water crisis , but no one seems to be all that impressed. The city started using the Flint River for its water in 2014, but the water proved to be toxic, Maxim reports. And officials... More »

Emails Reveal Buck-Passing in Flint Water Crisis

'This issue will fade in the rearview,' aide predicted

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has, as promised , released hundreds of pages of emails relating to Flint and its water crisis —and while there may not be anything in them that will cost him his job, members of his administration will have questions to answer about what appears to be... More »

Toxic Shock Syndrome Puts Teen on Life Support

'It attacks everything so fast'

(Newser) - A Michigan teen is still on partial life support almost two weeks after she was hospitalized with one of the worst cases of toxic shock syndrome the area has ever seen, WZZM reports. Fifteen-year-old Rylie Whitten started feeling sick Jan. 4. According to the Greenville Daily News , she thought she... More »

There Was Sub-$1 Gas in America on Sunday

Price war results in milestone levels, at least temporarily, in Houghton Lake, Michigan

(Newser) - It didn't last long, but some residents in Northern Michigan saw gas prices drop below $1 on Sunday. The site GasBuddy.com first picked up on the news at several stations in Houghton Lake, where an apparent price war temporarily drove prices below the milestone level, reports WXYZ . "... More »

Flint's New Water Nightmare: Legionnaires' Outbreak

Spike in disease could be tied to tainted water

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced a new development Wednesday in Flint's water crisis that "just adds to the disaster we are already facing": specifically, a marked increase in cases of Legionnaires' disease that could be linked to the area's tainted water, reports the Detroit Free Press . From... More »

Puppy Found Frozen to Death, Owner Arrested

'It appeared that it had been outside for quite some time'

(Newser) - A Michigan woman was arrested this week after authorities found her six-month-old puppy frozen to death in sub-zero temperatures, WWMT reports. Several neighbors called 911 about the pit bull puppy, which was tied up outside. “It appeared that it had been outside for quite some time, and they were... More »

In Flint Crisis, Cops Are Going Door-to-Door— Giving Out Water

And people want Michigan's governor held accountable, among others

(Newser) - In an effort to save money, a state-named emergency manager switched the water supply for Flint, Mich., from Lake Huron to the polluted Flint River, creating a crisis that's left the city's water supply looking "like urine" and caused the lead levels in area kids to spike... More »

Woman Hunts Her Mother's Alleged Killer: Her Stepdad

Roxanne Cameron-Harris is raising money on GoFundMe

(Newser) - Almost exactly a year ago, rural Michigan resident Harold "Butch" Knight allegedly called 911 and matter-of-factly told the operator he'd strangled his wife, Sara Knight, and that she was lying dead on the living room floor in their Ganges Township home. Then he disappeared. (Audio of the 911... More »

Michigan Teen Killed in Sledding Accident

Boy was being pulled by a vehicle

(Newser) - A Michigan teen on a sled being towed by a vehicle was killed Saturday when he slammed into a tree, Fox 17 reports. Mason Dykstra, 15, of Manlius Township was transported to a hospital after the accident, and later died. Students and staff gathered at Hamilton High School on Sunday... More »

13-Year-Old Leads Cops on High-Speed Chase

In the passenger seat: his 8-year-old sister

(Newser) - Two Michigan youngsters are lucky they weren't shot at or killed in a car wreck after the older child, a 13-year-old boy, allegedly led police on a high-speed chase Saturday night, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Macomb County Sheriff's Dispatch Center started taking in reports of a... More »

Syrian Refugee Whose Story Went Viral Moves to US

'The Scientist' is hoping to restart his life in Troy, Michigan

(Newser) - A Syrian refugee whose moving story went viral earlier this month starts his new life in Troy, Michigan, on Thursday, NBC News reports. The refugee—who wants to keep his real name out of the media to protect family members still in Syria—is known as "The Scientist" on... More »

New Mom's Fiance, Mother Killed on Way to Hospital

They died when their car hit a tree in Michigan

(Newser) - Emil Skokan III was every bit the doting father-to-be when his fiancee texted him to say she would soon undergo a C-section. "He said, 'Do you need anything?' and that he would come up shortly and that he loved me," Crystal Matrau-Belt, 24, tells ABC News . "... More »

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