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.

City of Flint water tower
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Recent water tests at elementary schools in Flint have found an increase in samples showing lead levels above the federal action limit.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley's campaign director is turning down a $150,000 contract to help with Flint's economic development, saying doing both jobs would be a detriment to Flint and himself.

View of the Flint river
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

Flint's former mayor who was ousted by voters in 2015 amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water is seeking a seat in the Michigan House.

City of Flint water tower
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A former state-appointed emergency manager facing charges in Flint's lead-contaminated water crisis has waived a key hearing in the case.

Flint Public Schools

Michigan environmental officials say a Flint school district hasn't allowed the state to flush lines or test water inside its buildings.

View of the Flint river
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Plaintiffs in a landmark legal settlement related to Flint's lead-tainted water have asked a federal judge to intervene because they say city officials have repeatedly ignored requirements that allow monitoring of whether the court-ordered deal is being followed.

City of Flint water tower
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The mayor of Flint says more than 6,200 water pipes have been replaced as the result of the city's lead crisis.

City of Flint water tower
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A hearing has been postponed for a state employee charged in the Flint water scandal who was to return to court for a possible plea deal with the attorney general's office.

Lake Huron
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More than 100 mayors and other municipal officials have urged Canada's environment minister not to allow burial of nuclear waste near Lake Huron.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
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In his first day as a candidate for governor, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley made criminal charges related to the Flint water crisis a campaign issue. Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta tells us he was picking a fight with state Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is a rival for the Republican nomination.


City of Flint water tower
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The Flint City Council has narrowly approved a 30-year agreement to get drinking water from a regional agency, bringing to end one battle among many in the Michigan city still recovering from a lead-tainted water crisis.

City of Flint water tower
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The Flint City Council is expected to support a 30-year agreement to get drinking water from a regional agency after an afternoon of court-ordered negotiations.

Rick Snyder
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Northern Michigan University has invited Governor Rick Snyder to give May’s commencement address, and some aren’t happy about it. 


View of the Flint river
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a spending bill that includes more money to prosecute members of his administration for their roles in the Flint water crisis. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the 600 thousand dollars will go to state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office.


City of Flint water tower
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The state of Michigan wants the mayor of Flint to sign a 30-year deal for water next week.

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