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6 State Workers in Michigan Charged in Flint Water Crisis

Misconduct in office, willful neglect of duty among the charges

(Newser) - A half-dozen state employees in Michigan are officially in hot water in the ongoing investigation in Flint, Michigan , with the state's attorney general filing charges for their part in the tainted water crisis there, the Detroit News reports. According to testimony in Flint district court Friday morning, three workers... More »

Obama to Flint: 'I've Got Your Back'

He drank the water during visit to city

(Newser) - Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Mich., is safe to use. He also promised that the aging pipes that contaminated the water... More »

8-Year-Old 'Little Miss Flint' Gets Obama to Visit

Amariyanna Copeny asked for a chance to meet him

(Newser) - An 8-year-old girl who says she's known as "Little Miss Flint" around her troubled Michigan hometown wrote to President Obama to tell him she's "one of the children that is effected" by the water, and the president is coming to see for himself. "I've... More »

Woman Suing Over Flint Water Shot Dead

She leaves behind child she said was poisoned

(Newser) - One of the first people to file a lawsuit alleging her child was poisoned by the water in Flint, Mich., was shot dead this week, reports Michigan Live . Sasha Avonna Bell was found dead in a townhouse in the city on Tuesday along with another female victim, Sacorya Renee Reed.... More »

3 Charged in Flint Water Crisis

Prison time is possible

(Newser) - Michigan's attorney general announced criminal charges Wednesday against two state regulators and a Flint employee, alleging wrongdoing related to the city's lead-tainted-water crisis . The charges—the first levied in a probe that's expected to broaden—were filed against a pair of state Department of Environmental Quality officials... More »

Michigan Gov: I'll Drink Flint Water for a Month

Rick Snyder insists that filtered water is OK

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he will drink Flint water at home and at work for at least a month to show to residents it's safe with the use of a faucet filter, the AP reports. The Republican governor, who has apologized for his administration's role in the... More »

Snyder Blames His Own Staff, 'Bureaucrats' for Flint Crisis

He says his staff lied to him

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday blamed "career bureaucrats" for the Flint crisis and said his staff lied to him about the city's lead-tainted water, the Detroit News reports. Snyder says he got a briefing on Sept. 27 telling him "outside experts" were wrong and that Flint'... More »

Woman Swaps Prize Twitter Handle for Water for Flint

She gave up her Dr Pepper account for 41K bottles of water from soda company

(Newser) - For seven years, Diana Hussein has held the @DrDietPepper Twitter handle she created on a whim, tweeting mainly about local sports and her cats and hoping to maybe one day get some money or free swag if the Dr Pepper Snapple Group wanted to barter for it, the Detroit Free ... More »

Flint Investigates Odd Break-In of Office That Holds Water Files

Files were left strewn around room at City Hall

(Newser) - In what they might be calling "Water-gate" if that name wasn't already taken, authorities are investigating a mysterious break-in at Flint City Hall. In December, somebody broke into the vacant Michigan office where the city's water files were kept, and the city's new police chief tells... More »

Lead Contamination Found in 2K US Water Systems

Every state is affected, investigation finds

(Newser) - The Flint water crisis has put lead contamination in the spotlight, and the problem isn't confined to the Michigan city: In the last four years alone, testing has revealed around 2,000 water systems in the US with excessive levels of lead, including hundreds that supply schools or daycare... More »

Water Crisis Drops Flint's Median Home Price to $14K

Though one savvy buyer got theirs for $1

(Newser) - The housing market in Flint, Michigan, wasn't great before the city's tainted water started poisoning residents. Now, the median home price in Flint is an unbelievable $14,000, CNN reports. Flint was hit especially hard by the 2008 housing crash, losing about 75% of its real estate value.... More »

Email Undercuts Mich. Governor's Excuse on Flint Delays

'As you know, the Governor can declare at any time for any reason'

(Newser) - In the Flint water mess , Gov. Rick Snyder's office has said it waited so long to declare an emergency because local officials needed to act first. But an email released over the weekend makes clear Snyder could have moved months before he actually did, reports the Detroit Free Press... More »

Flint's Water Not Tested Even After 9 Deaths From Legionnaires'

The public wasn't even told until months after the deadly outbreak

(Newser) - The water in Flint, Michigan, still hasn't been tested for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease despite being the likely source of an outbreak that killed nine people and sickened another 78 between May 2014 and November 2015, the Detroit News reports. The New York Times alleges the deadly... More »

Flint's Toxic Water May Have Been America's Priciest

Lead cocktail was most expensive out of 500 water systems

(Newser) - The utility that delivered disgusting , toxic water to the people of Flint charged them ridiculous amounts of money for the privilege, according to a report from Food and Water Watch . The public interest group surveyed the 500 largest water systems in the country and found that Flint's was the... More »

Flint Investigators: Manslaughter Charges Possible

Other criminal charges, civil actions could also emerge, AG-appointed team says

(Newser) - Michigan AG Bill Schuette formed a nine-person team in January to look into the Flint water crisis —including an ex-FBI head who came out of retirement for "the biggest case in the history of the state of Michigan," per MLive.com . Now the team's special counsel... More »

Flint Residents Now Have a Boil-Water Advisory

It's a water main break, not related to lead crisis

(Newser) - Boil-water advisories aren't all that uncommon, but this one might have Flint residents feeling like they're the butt of a cosmic joke: A water main break has prompted the city to warn people to boil their water before drinking it. As CNN notes, this mostly applies to those... More »

Flint Bypasses Governor, Will Drop $55M on New Pipes

Mayor hopes 15K lines can be replaced in year's time

(Newser) - Less than two weeks ago, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said replacing Flint's lead-coated pipes in the city's water distribution system wasn't on his "short-term agenda" and that coating the pipes with phosphates might serve as a stopgap. But it looks like Flint is moving on with... More »

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 »

Lead Toxicity Showing Up in Flint Area's Dogs

Animal experts warn that pets near Flint should be drinking filtered or bottled water

(Newser) - First it was the kids of Flint found to have been tainted by lead, attributed by many to the area's toxic water. Now two dogs who live in the vicinity of the Michigan city have tested positive for lead toxicity—the first two pups to be confirmed with this... More »

Michael Moore Tweets From Bed in the ICU

He's laid up with pneumonia

(Newser) - Michael Moore has been a busy man lately, taking on the Flint water crisis , promoting his upcoming movie Where to Invade Next , and even stumping for Bernie Sanders . But there's been a temporary setback: The filmmaker has been in the ICU with pneumonia since Sunday night, the Detroit Free ... More »

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