Flint water crisis

FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   A Genesee County judge heard closing arguments Wednesday in a preliminary hearing related to the Flint water crisis. 

Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of two men. Prosecutors allege the deaths were connected to a Legionnaires' Disease outbreak linked to Flint’s water crisis.

But Defense Attorney John Bursch argues Lyon delegated the Legionella investigation to subordinates.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new state rule requires local water systems to get rid of all their lead service lines over the next 20 years. 

Those are the types of pipes that contributed to the Flint water crisis.

Governor Rick Snyder says a confusing federal lead and copper rule helped create the Flint crisis, and called for Michigan to adopt its own standard covering roughly 2,000 water systems.

“So Michigan will now have its own rule that’s stricter than the federal standard.”

FLINT, MI (AP)--   The mayor of Flint is asking the federal government for help after Gov. Rick Snyder suspended meetings of a water advisory group. 

Snyder stopped the meetings two weeks ago after Mayor Karen Weaver threatened to sue over an end to free bottled water.

In a Friday letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, the mayor says the state is retaliating against Flint. Weaver calls it "unconscionable" and says it puts the city in violation of an EPA order.

FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says a possible lawsuit is still in the works against Governor Rick Snyder’s administration following the end of free bottled water in the city. 

Earlier this month the state announced it would stop providing the free water to Flint residents saying that 90 percent of water samples taken in the city are now below the federal action level.

Weaver says although plans for a lawsuit were spurred by the end of free bottled water, it’s just one of many factors that could be included in the suit.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is escalating his criticism of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's prosecution of top state officials for the Flint water crisis, calling it a "gross abuse of power." 

His comments to The Associated Press on Wednesday are the strongest words to date from Gov. Rick Snyder's administration on the criminal cases.

Calley and Schuette are running to succeed the term-limited governor. Schuette's criminal probe has led 15 current or former government officials to be charged, including two members of Snyder's cabinet.

Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   People from Flint interrupted a state legislative session Wednesday to demand clean drinking water.

They’re upset with the recent decision by Governor Rick Snyder’s administration to stop distributing free bottled water in the city. During House session, people started to chant, “Do your job, open the PODs” – that’s Point of Delivery for bottled water distribution. The group then walked down the stairs and out of the Capitol while chanting. One person was temporarily detained. He says he isn’t facing any charges.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is planning to require the replacement of every underground lead service pipe in Michigan within 20 years while delaying by four years a deadline to implement the nation's toughest lead limit for drinking water in the wake of the Flint lead crisis.

Under draft rules environmental regulators want to finalize next year, Michigan's "action level" for lead in drinking water would gradually drop to 10 parts per billion by 2024. The current federal threshold is 15 parts per billion.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   The election of new City Council members might break an impasse and lead to a long-term deal over drinking water in Flint, Michigan. 

The state has been asking a federal judge to allow Flint's mayor to bypass the council and approve a 30-year agreement with the Great Lakes Water Authority.

It's part of a strategy to get the city past a lead contamination crisis.

Judge David Lawson said Thursday he'll postpone a hearing until Nov. 20, a week after five new council members take office.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   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. 

The $600,000 will go to state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office.

State Health and Human Services Department Director Nick Lyon and Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells are among those charged. They face manslaughter charges related to a fatal outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials want the mayor of Flint to quickly sign a 30-year deal with a regional water agency after the City Council failed to come up with a long-term solution following the city's lead crisis.
       The state asked a judge on Friday to allow Mayor Karen Weaver to bypass the council no later than Tuesday, the same day she faces a recall election. But in response, Judge David Lawson says he'll hold a hearing on Nov. 13.

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