Legionnaires' Disease

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A university professor says conditions in the Flint River were a "recipe" for the bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease. 

Civil engineering professor Shawn McElmurry testified Wednesday at a court hearing for Nick Lyon, the Michigan health director who is charged with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in the Flint water crisis.

McElmurry says the Flint River had organic matter and iron, which can contribute to legionella. Flint used the river for water in 2014 and 2015.

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.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder says he stands by his testimony before a congressional committee regarding the Flint water crisis. 

The Republican and Democratic leaders on the US House Oversight Committee have asked the governor to provide more details on when he became aware of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County.

That’s because an aide to the governor testified in a criminal trial that he told the governor weeks earlier than when the governor said he knew.

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.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A state official is contradicting Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder about when the governor learned about a Flint area Legionnaires' disease outbreak.

Harvey Hollins, who was coordinating the state's response to the Flint water crisis, says he told Snyder by phone in December 2015. But the governor has repeatedly said he didn't know until the next month when he announced the outbreak.

Snyder's office declined to comment Friday.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   Testimony is resuming in Flint, Michigan, as a judge considers whether the state's health director should go to trial for the death of a man who had Legionnaires' disease during the city's water crisis.

Corinne Miller is returning to the witness stand Wednesday. Michigan's former head of disease control believes a spike in Legionnaires' in Genesee County in 2014-15 was related to a switch in Flint's water supply.

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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.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   The federal government has joined Governor Rick Snyder in challenging a court order that bars a Flint hospital from contacting state health authorities on any issue related to the city's water woes.

The Department of Health and Human Services says the order is having a "chilling effect" on relationships between local, state and federal governments.

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