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Manslaughter Charges Filed Over Flint Water Crisis

State health chief, 4 others face involuntary manslaughter charges

(Newser) - Five city and state officials were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter over the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reports. They are Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon—the highest-ranking official to be charged in the water crisis so far, per the Detroit ... More »

Flint Official Steps Down After Calling Residents a Racial Slur

'F---ing n---ers don't pay their bills': foreclosure employee Phil Stair

(Newser) - As thousands of residents in Flint, Mich., are confronted with the possibility of foreclosure due to unpaid water bills—for water that many still can't use, NBC News notes—an official who worked for a county nonprofit that handles foreclosed homes has stepped down after audio emerged of what... More »

Flint to 8K Residents: Pay Water Bill or Lose Your Home

It's been three years since Flint residents have had safe water

(Newser) - Just after the three-year anniversary passed marking the beginning of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan (where it’s still not recommended to drink from an unfiltered tap ), residents protesting their water bills have been told to pay up or ship out. NBC25 News reports that after first posting... More »

Flint Residents May Finally Get Water Deal Tuesday

Judge expected to approve settlement on replacement of lines

(Newser) - Flint residents battling tainted water may finally get some resolution on Tuesday. A federal judge is expected to approve a sweeping settlement that spells out a plan to replace water lines for thousands of homes, reports the AP . Under the deal, Flint would replace at least 18,000 lead or... More »

Flint Residents Iffy About Water Get More Bad News

State ends subsidies in place for a year

(Newser) - Flint residents still worried about their water get an added dose of aggravation starting this month: They have to pay their bills in full. The state has been covering about two-thirds of the cost for about a year now, in the wake of revelations that the tap water was unsafe... More »

Officials: Flint Water Is Safe, Don't Drink It

It could be years before dangerous lead pipes are replaced

(Newser) - The good news: Flint's water is now safe to drink. The bad news: You still shouldn't drink it. That was the message from Michigan officials Tuesday after the Department of Environmental Quality announced lead levels in Flint's water have fallen below the federal limit of 15 parts... More »

Flint Water Crisis to Become TV Movie Starring Cher

Singer will star in, produce Lifetime flick

(Newser) - The Flint, Mich., water crisis will be turned into a Lifetime movie starring ... Cher. The singer will star as a resident of the city whose family struggles with the water poisoning, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The casting move is perhaps not as unexpected as it might seem; a year... More »

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 »

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