WASHINGTON, D.C.--   Michigan health and environmental department chiefs were in Washington Wednesday to explain the state’s response to the Flint water crisis to members of Congress. 

Nick Lyons directs the state Department of Health and Human Services. He said it’s plain the state should have done more sooner.

“I know the people of Flint are hurt,” he said. “They are upset. I know there is anger and mistrust. Rightfully so.”

But state and federal officials say they can’t predict how long it will take before the water is drinkable without being filtered.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A water expert who helped expose the lead problem in Flint says residents aren't using enough water and that's slowing efforts to rid the system of the toxic contamination. 

The conundrum is that people have grown accustomed to using bottled water, are showering less and are leery of drinking even filtered tap water. They're also concerned about higher bills.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   Michigan health officials have found two more fatal cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area amid an outbreak some experts have linked to the city's water crisis.  

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Monday the respiratory disease deaths last year are among 12 detected in Genesee County in 2014 and 2015. The agency also raised the total number of cases to 91 from 88.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A state board has approved about $423,000 for a Flint consulting firm to map the city's pipes and remove some lead pipes. 

The contract approved Tuesday by the State Administrative Board runs through 2016. Rowe Professional Services is overseeing the work on uprooting the first round of 30 lead pipes.

The contract includes a water infrastructure reliability study.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Melanie Brown says officials are hopeful that the initial pipe removal project is nearing completion.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is sponsoring a forum on sexual assault and how it’s handled by officials both on and off campus. 

Sexual Assault on Trial: Campus and Community Response will feature county prosecutors, officials from NMU Public Safety and Housing and Residence Life, the Dean of Students Office and others.  They’ll discuss various scenarios from campuses across the country, then take questions and input from the audience.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Marijuana's benefits were lauded by users and activists during a rally at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

The Ann Arbor News reports that Saturday's 45th annual Hash Bash was attended by an estimated 8,000 people on the school's campus.

Actor-musician Tommy Chong returned to the event and spoke about how marijuana kept his appetite healthy during cancer treatments.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Another death in Wisconsin has been linked to an unprecedented outbreak of a bacteria known as Elizabethkingia.  

Eighteen people who have been diagnosed with the bloodstream infection have died in Wisconsin. State health officials say most are over 65 and have a serious underlying health condition.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says two more cases have been identified, bringing the total number of people diagnosed with the bacteria to 62.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   New estimates from a state department show fewer Michigan infants dying while the state develops policies to save more babies.  

A February report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the state's infant mortality rate fell by 14.6 percent from 2000 to 2013 but still is slightly higher than the national rate of 6 deaths for every 1,000 births.

The announcement Wednesday comes after the department worked with other organizations in response to what the report calls "persistently high infant mortality rates."

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Area Health Education Center is giving low-income residents in Marquette and Baraga counties the opportunity to get free dental care.   

Uninsured and underinsured adults from both counties can receive free cleanings, fillings, and extractions, and get information about community resources, prevention, and nutrition.

Adults qualify if they are at up to 250 percent of the federal poverty line.  For example, a family of four can have a household income of up to $60,625 per year. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Health officials have confirmed that a western Michigan resident died after contracting a bloodstream infection matching a Wisconsin outbreak.  

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says Thursday that it was notified March 11 by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the match. The person was an older adult with underlying health conditions.