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.

Great Lakes Month in Review: Flint task force report

Mar 29, 2016
Great Lakes
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Commentator Gary Wilson joins Current State to talk about March’s biggest environmental stories, including the recently released Flint Water Task Force report.


City of Flint water tower
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Snyder administration spokesman Ari Adler discusses the extension of FEMA emergency status for Flint and falling approval ratings for the Governor.


Off the Record 3/25/16 | Ep. 4539

Mar 24, 2016

Topics: Gov. Snyder's testimony to congress.  Guest: Sen. Jim Ananich, (D) Flint.

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From continental droughts to failed city water systems, Charles Fishman has been studying and forecasting global water challenges for years. Dr. Kirk Heinze of Greening of the Great Lakes talks with the author of "The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water".


MSU assists Flint residents worried about pets’ health

Mar 22, 2016
MSU vet clinic Flint photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

MSU veterinarians are testing pets in Flint for lead in the aftermath of the city's water crisis. April Van Buren has the story of how the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine is trying to protect the health of Flint's pets.


Rick Snyder
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Gov. Rick Snyder and EPA chief Gina McCarthy were grilled by members of Congress over the Flint water crisis yesterday. Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network reports.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha photo
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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is likely the best known medical figure associated with the Flint Water Crisis. Her work confirmed that Flint residents, many of them children, had ingested dangerous levels of lead after 2014’s switch to Flint river water. We talk with her, and also learn more about the governmental roots of the water emergency from MSU political science professor Joshua Sapotichne.


Off the Record 3/18/16 | Ep. 4538

Mar 17, 2016

Topics: Flint Water Hearings.  Guest: Rep. Al Pscholka, (R).

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Current State talks with Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News about the potential cost of legal services related to the Flint water crisis.


MSU ‘Empowers Flint’ with new app

Mar 3, 2016
hands holding apple and samsumg phones
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Michigan State University communications experts are lending a high tech hand to Flint residents affected by the city’s water emergency. It's the new Empower Flint smart phone app.


hands holding apple and samsumg phones
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Michigan State University and WKAR-TV have put the power of information in the hands of Flint residents through a new tool that navigates community resources in the wake of the ongoing water crisis.

Month in Review: Flint fallout, House DPS plan

Feb 29, 2016
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WKAR File Photo

We revisit February’s top developments in the Flint Water crisis, the Michigan House’s controversial plan to save Detroit Public Schools and more with Kyle Melinn of MIRS News and Alethia Kasben of Gongwer News.


MSU Today | February 28, 2016

Feb 28, 2016

Flint is the focus as Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with interim MSU Extension director Jeff Dwyer.  I talk with MSU’s internationally famous Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.  The Flint River Watershed Coalition wants you to know “It’s not the River.”


Dr. Marc Edwards with Mark Bashore
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Dr. Marc Edwards was central in confirming a serious water problem in Flint and leads ongoing analysis that will determine when it’s safe to drink again. We talk with Dr. Edwards about how long it will be before Flint’s water is safe and reforms he says are needed to protect America’s drinking water.


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Dr. Marc Edwards addresses communities in crisis, public-inspired science and the land grant mission. WATCH NOW at video.wkar.org

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