The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint River. In April 2014, the city of Flint began drawing from the river for its water supply.
Credit Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

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 Mayor strikes hopeful tone amid challenges

Aug 5, 2016
Karen Weaver photo
Courtesy photo / City of Flint

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver addressed the city’s challenges and opportunities in her first State of the City address on Thursday. We get her thoughts on the city’s future.

Current Sports | 8/2/16 | #754

Aug 2, 2016
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MLB Trade Deadline, Detroit Tigers, T-Rex Documentary, Bryant Nolden, Jason Crutchfield, Claressa Shields, and Tickled Tuesday.


A new book might be a pick-me-up for the people of Flint. It’s called “Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology.” We talk with editor Scott Atkinson.


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WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Michigan has been watching the nominating conventions. We discuss those and July’s other big news stories in our Month in Review segment with Detroit Free Press reporter Paul Egan.

Erin Caudell photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The food truck phenomenon in America is often seen as a novelty, literally a vehicle to offer specialty cuisine or as a mobile culinary classroom, but a new truck getting ready to roll in Flint is at the heart of a much more basic mission. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on the impending debut of “Flint Fresh.”


Flint water
WKAR File Photo

Professor Marc Edwards has become renowned as the leader of the Flint Water Team, the nearly 40 member group of civil engineering students and staff from Virginia Tech University.

WKAR File Photo

Current State’s Month in Review takes a look back at June’s top stories with Gongwer News’ John Lindstrom and MIRS News’ Kyle Melinn.  Topics include more Flint charges and rebuttals and the Detroit Public School’s financial package.


State attorney lays out new Flint civil case

Jun 23, 2016
City of Flint water tower
Ben Gordon / flickr creative commons

Michigan has launched civil suits seeking millions of dollars from two engineering companies it says made the Flint water crisis worse. Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News joins Current State host Mark Bashore to talk with Michigan Special Assistant Attorney General Noah Hall about the charges.


Critics: MI lead remediation underfunded

Jun 13, 2016
GR lead abatement program home photo
Courtesy photo / Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan

We hear from two critics of the state’s efforts to remediate dangerous lead levels in homes. They say Michigan should roughly quadruple spending on a remediation program in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


Plumber's union sign
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The national executive vice-president of the AFL-CIO is coming to Flint this week to rally the troops repairing the city’s water lines. Current State’s Kevin Lavery spends time with three Lansing plumbers as they canvass the city installing faucets and filters for free.

Off the Record 5/6/16 | Ep. 4545

May 6, 2016

Topic: Gov. Booed in Flint.  Guest: Ken Sikkema, Co-Chair Flint Water Task Force.

Watch it at video.wkar.org

Physician at Hurley Children's Hospital
courtesy photo

Physician Mona Hanna-Attisha of MSU's College of Human Medicine and her team helped prove the children of Flint, Michigan, had been poisoned by a lead-contaminated water supply. Hanna-Attisha will deliver the commencement address at MSU’s undergraduate convocation on May 6.

The ceremony will be streamed here at wkar.org as a live webcast 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6.

Dan Kildee photo
Courtesy photo / Cong. Dan Kildee

Flint Cong. Dan Kildee says all Americans should be focused on the water emergency in his city. Today, Pres. Barack Obama spends the afternoon in Flint. We talk Cong. Kildee about the visit and about his proposal for tougher federal lead standards for drinking water.


Effort aims at restoring parts of Flint River

May 3, 2016
Hamilton Dam in Flint
Courtesy photo / Flint River Corridor Alliance

Water infrastructure isn’t the only thing getting restored in Flint. There’s also a multi-million dollar effort to upgrade and restore Flint’s riverfront. Government and non-governmental participants are collaborating on the Flint River Redevelopment Project.


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Thu. Apr. 28 at 8pm on WKAR World  & Sunday May 1 at 4:30pm on WKAR HD | Dr. Marc Edwards leads the Virginia Tech research team credited with revealing deadly lead contamination in the public water supply in Flint, Mich. WATCH NOW

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