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.

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Courtesy of Sloan Museum

Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Todd Slisher, executive director at Flint's Sloan Museum, about their new exhibit exploring the history of the city's water system.

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Current State speaks with Ginna Holmes, director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, and  Jamie-Lee Venable about HelpforFlint.com.

As state, federal and local officials continue working to gain more control of the Flint water crisis, Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Dr. Eden Wells, the chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


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The Flint water crisis is an environmental story that highlights the risks of taking natural resources like drinking water for granted.


MI attorney leads Flint class action against state

Jan 25, 2016
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A former president of the Michigan Trial  Lawyers Association is suing the state over its handling of the Flint water crisis. Attorney Michael Pitt talks with Current State about the lawsuits.


On the surface, Flint, Mich., and Kabwe, Zambia, don't seem to have a lot in common.

They're half a world away from each other. One is a city of 99,000 in one of the richest countries in the world. The other is a city of 203,000 in a lower-middle-income country.

Ballenger defends his call for more context on Flint

Jan 22, 2016
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Long-time Michigan politico Bill Ballenger got everyone’s attention this week when he said the gravity of the Flint water crisis is being exaggerated and that media’s not reporting all the facts. We talk with Bill Ballenger about what he thinks is being overlooked.


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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Bernero about Lansing’s fiscal health and other challenges in the coming year.


After the broadcast episode taping concludes, guest and panel continue to chat for this online exclusive.

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High lead levels in Flint, Mich.'s water has led President Obama to declare a state of emergency, as criticism mounts that the problem has not been handled promptly.

Off the Record 1/22/16 | Ep. 4530

Jan 21, 2016

TOPIC: Flint water crisis.  Guest: Attorney Michael Pitt.

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The political fallout from the water crisis in Flint continues to unfold, but for public health experts, the real crisis could be years down the line. We talk to Hurley Medical Center pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Associate Dean at the MSU College of Human Medicine Dr. Dean Sienko about an initiative to deal with the long-term impacts of lead exposure in Flint.


2016 Michigan State of the State

Jan 18, 2016
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's annual  address with Democratic response and Off the Record analysis. | WATCH IT NOW 

After the episode taping concludes, guest and panel continue to chat.

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Off the Record 1/15/16 | Ep. 4529

Jan 15, 2016

Topic: The Flint water controversy.  The guest is Dennis Muchmore, the Governor's Chief of Staff.

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