Flint

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.

NEW! on 90.5: Flint Symphony Orchestra

Apr 27, 2016
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Courtesy / Flint Symphony Orchestra

Starts Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2pm on 90.5 FM

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk with Michigan House Minority Leader Tim Greimel about criminal charges filed in connection with the Flint water crisis and his call for Gov. Rick Snyder to leave office.


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Flint isn’t the only city that could see massive lead service line replacement if the state officials have their way. The big question is who will foot the bill for a massive water infrastructure overhaul. We talk to Garret Ellison, environmental reporter for MLive.


Faces of Flint: entrepreneur sees beyond crisis to brighter future

Apr 15, 2016

We wrap up our "Faces of Flint" series with a man who's investing in the city despite the ongoing water crisis.


Faces of Flint: A mother searches for hope in time of crisis

Apr 14, 2016

We continue our "Faces of Flint" series with a day in the life of Flint resident Laura MacIntyre, as she navigates raising a family in the midst of the water crisis. 

Our "Faces of Flint" series continues with the story of the Hispanic Technology and Community Center in Flint. We hear from volunteers working to keep the center running to meet the community’s needs.


Eastern’s Riojas scores on hardwood and lanes

Apr 11, 2016

LANSING, Mich. -- Bowling has always been a hobby for Lansing Eastern’s Victor Riojas. After following his interest in the sport his junior year he came into his senior year with the idea of playing both basketball and bowling.

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Flint’s lead tainted water is a source of ongoing concern.  But recent work by a Michigan State University researcher shows we can’t overlook the city’s soil as a source of lead, either.

Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with professor Rick Sadler of MSU’s College of Human Medicine about his findings.

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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.


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.


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As families deal with Flint’s ongoing water crisis, the work being done in the schools where they send their children might be more important than ever.

The Michigan State University College of Education has had a long relationship with Flint Community Schools, and that effort was boosted last week by a $2 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha photo
Mark Bashore / WKAR

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.


Dr. Marc Edwards with Mark Bashore
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

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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