The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint River. In April 2014, the city of Flint began drawing from the river for its water supply.
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WKAR coverage of the water crisis facing the city of Flint, Michigan. Includes reporting from Current State, Off the Record and WKAR media partners.

Flint voters have approved updating the city's 43-year-old charter with changes including stronger ethics standards and a requirement to create a water bill assistance plan.

congressman and water bottles
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Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) was back home in Flint Thursday to see how the city is continuing to recover from its ongoing water crisis.

 


 

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The state needs to improve its oversight when it comes to the Flint water crisis. That is a finding by the Michigan Auditor General released in a report Monday.

Rick Snyder
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An apologetic Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was largely silent last year when criminal charges were brought against state officials over Flint’s man-made drinking water crisis, except to say some “bureaucrats” had failed residents and that he was focused on the city’s recovery.

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Apologies are being demanded from comedian Steve Harvey following comments about Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis.

View of the Flint river
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The Latest on criminal charges filed in the Flint water investigation (all times local):

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The head of the Michigan health department was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, the highest-ranking member of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration to be snagged in a criminal investigation of Flint's lead-contaminated water. 

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Flint River was once the site of buzzing auto factories and tranquil parks.  Urban planners are hoping a new project will bring people back to the river once again.  


"Poisoned Water" To Air On WKAR-TV Tonight

May 31, 2017
Old water pipe.
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Three years after the city’s troubles began, Flint’s water is drinkable but the aftermath of the crisis remains.


Poisoned Water | NOVA

May 30, 2017
NOVA: Poisoned Water
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Wed. May 31 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Discover the chemistry and engineering behind the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and other U.S. cities.

NOVA: Poisoned Water
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Tue May 23, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET (start time is approximate) Join the conversation live on Facebook with WKAR Public Media

Hamilton Dam in Flint
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On Tuesday, WKAR and the Flint Institute of Arts will host a screening of a new PBS documentary on the Flint Water Crisis.  "Poisoned Water" is a new production from the acclaimed "NOVA" series. WKAR's Kevin Lavery spoke with NOVA senior executive producer Paula Apsell, who will be moderating the panel discussion at the screening.

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Thousands of children in Flint are presumed to receive additional money for nutritional foods that can limit lead exposure effects.

Current Sports | May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017
View of the Flint river
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

Ben Carter; Michigan State Men's Basketball; NCAA Title Odds; Eric Woodyard; Youth Involvement in Sports; Flint.


NOVA: Poisoned Water
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FREE – Tuesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. | Discover the chemistry and engineering behind the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and other U.S. cities, and hear from the filmmakers, scientists and citizens bringing this important story to PBS. With discussion moderated by NOVA’s Paula S. Apsell. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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