Flint water crisis

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.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's chief medical executive is facing the start of an important court hearing tied to a Legionnaires' disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis.
       Prosecutors will try to persuade a judge to send Dr. Eden Wells to trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter, obstruction of justice and lying to an investigator. The hearing starts Monday.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   An urban affairs adviser to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says the governor asked the health department for more information when he informed him in 2015 about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area. 

Harvey Hollins testified in court Wednesday during a hearing that will determine whether Snyder's health director, Nick Lyon, will face trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Lyon is accused of committing a crime by failing to timely inform the public about the Legionnaires' outbreak during Flint's lead-tainted water crisis.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint City Council has voted to extend a water contract for two more years, despite a judge's order that it come up with a long-term solution to get residents past a lead contamination crisis.
   The council voted Monday for a two-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority, which has been supplying water since a lead disaster was declared in 2015.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is sticking by his congressional testimony about when he learned about a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires' disease during the Flint water crisis, despite a senior aide's new disclosure that he informed the governor weeks earlier.

Spokesman Ari Adler says Snyder was "under oath" and "stands by his testimony."

Nearly 100 Legionnaires' cases, including 12 deaths, were reported in the Flint area when the city was using the Flint River for water in 2014-15.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A special prosecutor says he'll add a charge of involuntary manslaughter against Michigan's chief medical executive in a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis. 

Dr. Eden Wells was in court Monday for a key hearing on other charges. But the hearing was postponed after the announcement by Todd Flood. Wells' lawyer couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Jake May / Associated Press

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A former Michigan health official says he started asking questions about bacteria in Flint's water supply a year before the state publicly acknowledged an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. 

Tim Becker is the first witness Thursday at a hearing that will determine whether Nick Lyon goes to trial on two charges, including involuntary manslaughter.

Lyon is head of the Department of Health and Human Services. He's accused of failing to alert the public in a timely manner about a Legionnaires' outbreak in the Flint area in 2014-15.

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